Author Archives: Larry Schweiger

About Larry Schweiger

Larry Schweiger is the Past President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens for PennFuture. Previously, he was President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation and earlier the CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Larry also served as the Executive Secretary of the Joint (House and Senate) Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and 1st Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He returned to the National Wildlife Federation in March 2004 with a commitment to confront the climate crisis. He is passionate about protecting nature for our children's future. Larry continues the climate work as the battle moves to the states. Previously, Larry served for eight years as President and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, where he pioneered watershed restoration and promoted ecological research, land conservation, community outreach and Fallingwater restoration. In the past, Larry was the Executive Secretary of the Joint House/Senate Conservation Committee for the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Senior Vice President for Conservation Programs at National Wildlife Federation, and 1st Vice President of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Larry wrote a book warning about climate change impacts on nature entitled: "Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth" that won 1st Prize for the best non-fiction at the 2011 Indie Book Awards. Larry started volunteering at age 14 and is an active community leader, having served on more than 40 governing boards, commissions and committees. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Climate Reality; the John Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; and National Wildlife Federation Action Fund. In 2012, He was honored by the Blue-Green Alliance for the Federation's leadership on the auto rules and was selected as Pennsylvania’s Environmental Professional of the Year in 2002, Pittsburgh of the Year in 2000, and he received a Conservation Service Award from the Christian Environmental Association in September 1995. Larry is married and is blessed with three daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandsons.

Mike Turzai’s Last Act As A Lawmaker Will Screw Over Pennsylvanians For Years To Come

By Larry J. SchweigerPittburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com The most substantial “going-away-present” in the history of the Commonwealth is about to be granted to retiring House Speaker Mike Turzai. He has engineered the passage of House Bill 1100 — a massive giveaway … Continue reading

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Crony Capitalism And Pennsylvania’s Natural Resources

News Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald Castille writing in the 2013 Robinson Township plurality opinion concerning fracking wrote, “Pennsylvania has a notable history of what appears, retrospectively, to have been a shortsighted exploitation of its bounteous environment, affecting its minerals, its water, its … Continue reading

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Bald Eagles Are Back In Pittsburgh And Across Pennsylvania

By Larry J. SchweigerPittsburgh Current Columnistinfo@pittsburghcurrent.com Bald eagles are once again soaring over the skies of Western Pennsylvania. Adult bald eagles are hard to miss with their white head and tail. Their flight is marked by deep, powerful strokes, and … Continue reading

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Defined By Three Rivers, Pittsburgh Must Continue To Fight For Clean Water

On the 2016 campaign trail, Donald Trump claimed, “I am an environmentalist. I want clean air, I want clean water, and I want safety.” In another campaign speech, Trump claimed: “We want crystal clear and clean water and beautifully clean … Continue reading

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Climate Crisis and Corrupt Politics: Overcoming the forces that threaten our future”

My second book, “Climate Crisis and Corrupt Politics: Overcoming the forces that threaten our future” is now available for pre-order on Amazon. As a lifetime environmental insider in the struggle against fossil fuel interests, I have written this book to … Continue reading

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As Fires and Floods Rage Two Worlds are Colliding

Global realities are profoundly disrupting old norms. There are now two distinct worlds. One is the natural world with its assemblage of plants, animals, soils, minerals air and waters, and the other is the built-world with all the corporate structures, … Continue reading

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Bringing Back Gas Guzzlers? Certainly Not Making America Great Again

In 2012, I was honored by the BlueGreen Alliance for my role in establishing the Obama auto fuel efficiency standards. I was the only environmental leader to stand with the then CEO of GM to support the bailout in the spirit of … Continue reading

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