Mike DeWine, Ohio join 12 other states in suit against federal government
Ohio joins a dozen other states in a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s new stream-protection rules affecting coal mining activity. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio joined with a dozen other states Tuesday in a lawsuit aimed at the federal government’s “Stream Protection Rule.”
The rule, announced in December by the Department of the Interior, is intended to protect 6,000...
The Most Dangerous Bill You’ve Never Heard of Just Passed the House
Last, week, under the cover of a media bliss-out except among Koch funded right-wing channels, the House of Representatives passed a bill which would effectively repeal future standard setting under every important environmental, public health, consumer protection, labor standards, occupational safety and civil rights law on the books.
The bill, called the REINS Act, requires that any future major regulation adopted by an Executive Agency—say a new...
Led by the Solar Industry, Grid Modernization Created Over 100,000 American Jobs in 2016
Wait, weren’t renewables supposed to kill jobs and destroy the economy?
Grid modernization investments are creating a construction boom across America — largely driven by the deployment of solar.
According to the Department of Energy’s latest report on jobs in the energy sector, employment in the electric power sector rose 13 percent in 2016 as utilities and developers built new power plants, replaced aging equipment, and invested in new...
Clean Energy Is a Heartland Value
When it comes to supporting renewables, blue and red make green.
Among a dwindling number of politicians at the national level, there’s a pretend debate going on. Using all the scare tactics and rhetorical tricks they can muster, some apologists for the fossil fuel status quo would have you believe that we, as a nation, are divided about whether or not to move forward aggressively with clean, renewable energy like wind and solar.
But the simple truth...
This could be the end of Canadian tar sands
The Canadian oil sands are one of the world’s largest sources of climate pollution and America’s biggest source of imported oil. And they may be about to go bust.
Canada’s oil sands, also known as tar sands, are the world’s fourth-largest reserve of crude oil. Mining them unleashes massive volumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, easing the way for global warming to blow past 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) — levels considered...
Stuff that matters – China commitment to clean energy, Wyoming may outlaw wind & solar, Massive iceburg may collapse soon, and more…
World Economic Forum
China plans to create 13 million clean energy jobs by 2020.
The country has announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy through the end of the decade — another signal that the world’s most populous nation is serious about combating climate change. The investment, Reuters reports, will continue China’s shift away from coal and other dirty fuels.
In addition to...
Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issue
Priests, pastors and ministers nationwide are spreading the gospel of climate change — as are imams and rabbis.
In recent years, faith-based advocacy has emerged as a powerful tool in the environmental movement. By reframing climate change and sustainability as moral issues, religious leaders hope to advance environmentalism by elevating it above the political fray.
“I believe that all religions, all faiths share a common...
Electric cooperatives across Ohio are turning to solar projects
Co-op touts solar panels
Electric cooperatives across Ohio are turning to solar projects to help members access the energy source at minimal cost.
Residents in rural areas of Washington, Noble, Monroe, Morgan, Athens and Guernsey counties have a new addition to their electric power supply thanks to a new installation at Washington Electric Cooperative in Marietta.
As part of the co-op’s partnership with Buckeye Power, the new OurSolar...
Ohio’s Fractured Lands – Effects of fracking could be far-reaching
Felicia Mettler never saw herself taking a stand for an environmental cause. But when injection well activity began in Torch, a few miles from her Coolville home, she weighed the impact on her family and the land around her. “As a mother, it’s my job to protect my kids, and I don’t want to move,” Mettler, 45, a stay-at-home mother of three, said. “I’m on land that is family land. My mother, I could throw a rock at her house. My brother lives...
Follow the money behind attacks on clean energy in Ohio
December 28, 2016 update: Republican Governor John Kasich has vetoed legislation – HB 554 – that would have effectively extended the freeze on Ohio’s clean energy standards for another two years by making them voluntary. The standards will now be unfrozen on January 1, 2017, a significant win for supporters of renewable energy and energy efficiency standards and a notable loss for the fossil fuel and utility interests that lobbied behind the...