Rachel McDevitt / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Rachel McDevitt is a reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania at WITF.

Rachel joined WITF in 2017 as the host of All Things Considered. She previously reported for WITF’s Radio Pennsylvania Network, where her work earned the National Association of State Radio Network’s award for best feature two years in a row. The western Pennsylvania native started her journalism career with the CBS affiliate in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Rachel is a graduate of Temple University.

Latest by Rachel McDevitt

Updated: December 7, 2021 | 1:24 pm

AG’s office approves RGGI rule, after Shapiro criticized the plan

Shapiro said it’s not clear RGGI will address climate change while protecting energy jobs and ensuring affordable power.

By Rachel McDevitt

State report shows strong natural gas production growth in 2021

Pennsylvania drillers are producing more natural gas while slowing the rate at which they drill new wells.

By Rachel McDevitt

Advocates hope federal infrastructure money will spur people to buy EVs

More EV use will be needed for the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with its climate goal of an 80 percent reduction by 2050.

By Rachel McDevitt

With energy prices high, Pennsylvanians urged to review utility options

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects households that use natural gas for heat will spend 30 percent more than they spent last winter on average.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. officials hope COP26 urgency translates to action at home

Pennsylvania leaders who attended COP26 left feeling optimistic but mindful of more work ahead.

By Rachel McDevitt

Pa. moving forward with rule to limit ‘forever chemicals’ in water

On Tuesday, the Department of Environmental Protection presented a draft rule on PFAS standards for the state’s nearly 3,000 public water systems to EQB.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: November 15, 2021 | 12:59 pm

GOP lawmakers push for more say on air quality advisory board

The measure in the state Senate would give the legislature more say on who serves on the Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: November 5, 2021 | 2:15 pm

Measures to preserve ‘energy choice’ gaining momentum in legislature

The proposals are similar to laws passed in 20 states in the last two years and part of a larger trend of states trying to get ahead of local efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

By Rachel McDevitt

Updated: October 30, 2021 | 11:13 am

In Pa., poll shows many people aren’t confident in knowledge of climate change or its effects

Less than a third of poll respondents said they feel “very well informed” about the consequences of global warming.

By Rachel McDevitt

Where is RGGI now? Pennsylvania could join the emissions-reduction program soon, but obstacles remain

Get to know the cap-and-trade program that’s created controversy in Pennsylvania.

By Rachel McDevitt