Marie Cusick

As the Harrisburg reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania, Marie Cusick covers energy and environmental issues for public radio stations statewide. She’s also part of NPR’s energy and environment team, which coordinates coverage between the network and select member station reporters around the country. Her work frequently airs on NPR shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. Since 2012, Marie has closely followed the political, social, environmental, and economic effects of Pennsylvania’s natural gas boom. Her work has been recognized at the regional and national levels– honors include a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and a national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Previously, Marie was a multimedia reporter for WMHT in Albany, New York and covered technology for the station’s statewide public affairs TV show, New York NOW. In 2018, she became StateImpact’s first FAA-licensed drone pilot.

Latest by Marie Cusick


Calpine's York 2 Energy Center is an 828 megawatt combined-cycle natural gas-fired power plant in York County, Pa.

Climate focus intensifies in Harrisburg, as budget negotiations and citizen-led petition advance

Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is urging Republicans to authorize the state to join a regional consortium to limit greenhouse gases. At the same time, a citizen-led climate petition is under review at the state Department of Environmental Protection.

By Marie Cusick

The York 2 Energy Center in Peach Bottom Township, York County is an 828 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant co-located with the 565 megawatt York Energy Center.

PJM, nation’s largest power grid operator, grapples with carbon pricing as states diverge on climate policies

The organization is trying to walk a fine line between respecting states’ rights while figuring out how to incorporate diverse climate polices into its wholesale electricity market.

By Marie Cusick

Thwaites Glacier is part of the is part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and flows into the Amundsen Sea in the southern South Pacific Ocean.

A large tree lays uprooted past the hole where it came from in a yard as people continue cleanup efforts, Thursday, March 24, 2011 in Hempfield, Pa. Severe storms went through the Westmoreland County area on Wednesday March 23, 2011,  causing severe damage. The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado was responsible for destroying 30 homes and badly damaging about 60 more in western Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania’s had a lot of tornadoes this year. But scientists don’t know if there’s a climate change link

It’s already hard to predict whether tornadoes will pop up within a few hours’ time frame.

By Marie Cusick

Pennsylvania's efforts to comply with the federal plan to curb power-plant emissions could be delayed by an amended fiscal code, critics say

What is cap-and-trade?

By Marie Cusick

Wind turbines along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

It isn’t easy being green: New research explores potential downside of nudging people to behave differently

Nudges can be attractive mechanisms to achieve public policy outcomes — they’re relatively cheap, often painless ways to get people to change their behavior. But can they backfire?

By Marie Cusick

A man waves for a tow truck after getting swamped trying to cross a flooded section of the Cobbs Creek Parkway, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, in Philadelphia. Cobbs Creek and Darby Creek merge in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia where flooding is expected to get worse due to rising sea levels.

Poll finds most Pennsylvanians think climate change is major public health risk

51 percent of those surveyed in a new Muhlenberg College poll called climate change a major health risk.

By Marie Cusick

The Svínafellsjökull glacier in Iceland. Glacial retreat is among the most visible impacts of climate change. Since the early twentieth century, with few exceptions, glaciers around the world have been retreating at unprecedented rates.

Confronting climate change: WITF Smart Talk

Hear from people in different walks of life dealing with climate change.

By Marie Cusick

Three Mile Island will close Sept. 30, as nuclear rescue legislation stalls in Harrisburg

The political, historical, and energy landscape of Pennsylvania made nuclear subsidies a tougher sell here, compared to other states.

By Marie Cusick

Patrick Whittaker of Solar States installs solar panels on the roof of a home in Bryn Mawr.

‘What does the science say?’: Bipartisan group of legislators reintroduces bills to get Pennsylvania 100% powered by renewable energy

The measures include language creating a Just Transition Community Advisory Committee, to help ensure workers displaced from fossil fuel industries find new jobs.

By Marie Cusick
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