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Commentary: Ohio conservatives take energy message to D.C.

Commentary: Ohio conservatives take energy message to D.C.

As a young conservative, the thought of Republican-led policies that pursue innovation-driven advances in renewable energy is exciting. Ohio conservatives recognize the importance of traditional energy sources, such as coal, natural gas and nuclear. We also must embrace the benefits of renewable energy, generated right here in Ohio — such benefits conservatives support as economic growth and job creation.
A recent poll from the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum found that 84 percent of Ohio conservatives want to see a diverse energy portfolio led by new energy generation coming from renewable sources.
With the introduction of the ridiculous “Green New Deal,” Democrats have lost their grip on these issues. This far-fetched, socialist dream would cost tens of trillions of dollars.
Now is the time for conservatives to lead on this issue by offering realistic and conservative policies.
Earlier this month, I traveled to Washington along with fellow Ohio conservatives to meet with Ohio Republican members of Congress to discuss the benefits of a diverse, all-of-the-above energy portfolio. We visited the offices of Sen. Rob Portman as well as U.S. Reps. Troy Balderson, Anthony Gonzalez, Dave Joyce and Steve Stivers. All were very receptive to our message of innovation-driven, free market-led advances to the energy industry.
When our group met with Congressman Gonzalez’s office, we were particularly encouraged by his enthusiasm for broadening Ohio’s energy infrastructure.
Rep. Gonzalez, a rising GOP star, believes in a commonsense approach to our state’s economy and understands an energy policy should cover every resource available in order to build a future that makes all Ohioans proud.

Thanks to the past decade of in-state conservative leadership, Ohio is the land of economic opportunity. It takes energy to power a vibrant economy, and Ohio is one of the top 10 states for energy consumption. We have ample opportunity to build our energy economy (already employing more than 107,000 Ohioans). Additionally, Ohio-based manufacturing plays a pivotal role in the national renewable energy supply chain.
By removing government-induced barriers to success, renewable energy will continue to provide good-paying, 21st century jobs to Ohioans for decades.

Cutting-edge innovation is already being developed in Ohio.
The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) awarded Ohio State with a research grant that funds a project using powertrain control technologies to reduce energy consumption for passenger cars. Nearly 80 percent of Ohio conservatives support research and development at Ohio’s revered institutions of higher education. Our students already are shaping the future of Ohio.
The energy we consume should be made in Ohio. We are counting on Ohio’s elected officials to lead the charge among conservatives for an all-of-the-above energy strategy. A diverse energy portfolio that includes renewables will lift American workers and further strengthen our economic might.
Tyler Duvelius is executive director of the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum.


Source:  The Repository

By:  Tyler M. Duvelius / Special to The Canton Repository
Posted Mar 30, 2019 at 8:27 AM


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