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On the Blogs: Ohio’s Fight Against Wind Turbines I...

American Wind Energy Association: For years, Ohio has largely missed out on economic development opportunities from the U.S. wind industry. Currently, Ohio contains just three utility-scale wind projects, significantly less than neighboring states. As a result, Ohio wind projects represent just $1.1 billion of capital investments, significantly lagging neighboring states. In comparison, the U.S. wind industry has invested...

Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg says God will ‘tak...

                        U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg.(Photo: J. Scott Park, Associated Press)   U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan said last week that while he believes climate change is real, it is something for God — not humans — to fix, according to a report in Time.  The congressman told his constituents during a town hall meeting in Coldwater that he believes God will...

Another Fracking Time Bomb Lurks Beneath U.S.

You’ve heard about the earthquakes, the controversial claims of flammable tap water, the potential contamination of streams, lakes and drinking water aquifers, but the system that’s supposed to pay for these calamities may itself be a pending disaster. Most states protect taxpayers from cleanup costs by requiring oil and gas producers to buy a surety bond that will pay in the event of a disaster. But those bond...

Report: Expanded efficiency opt-out could cost Ohi...

An expansion of the opt-out provisions for Ohio’s energy efficiency standard will likely lead to more than $6 billion in added energy and health costs over the next decade, according to a new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. ACEEE issued its analysis Wednesday morning, shortly before state representative Lou Blessing (R-Colerain Township) was due to provide sponsor testimony to an Ohio Senate...

If the Arctic Refuge isn’t protected, no pub...

President Trump is taking aim at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. His proposed federal budget would open the Refuge to extensive oil drilling and industrial development. The Arctic Refuge, often referred to as “America’s greatest wilderness,” is one of the most beautiful, yet fragile places in the world. If our leaders are willing to allow drilling in places as pristine and vulnerable as the Arctic Refuge, then none of...

What you need to know about the Ohio legislature’s...

 As you read this article, a debate about the future of public lands in this country is taking place. Who wins this debate will determine whether or not the natural places that make our nation and state special are here for future generations to enjoy. While unprecedented attacks on national parks and forests are happening in our nation’s capital, threats to public lands don’t stop at the federal level. Ohio’s state parks...

Exxon shareholders vote to force company to disclo...

In a first, the oil and gas giant will be forced to consider risks to its assets as the world moves to a low-carbon future. <img class=”progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner” src=”https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/800/1*H_M04ZYuoCCkA0Gl–KKBQ.jpeg”> CREDIT: AP Photo/Mark Humphrey In a surprise victory for climate advocates, 62...

Iowa solar installers rush to get ahead of possibl...

While it remains unclear how an Iowa utility will change the way solar customers are compensated, installers in the state aren’t taking chances. Alliant Energy is expected to introduce a new tariff for customer generation today as part of an ongoing process initiated by state regulators. Some people in the state’s solar industry, as well as some clean-energy advocates , suspect that Alliant’s proposed new tariff will...

Taxpayers Charged $7 Billion a Year to Subsidize F...

The federal government is providing extensive support for fossil fuel production on public lands and waters offshore, through a combination of direct subsidies, enforcement loopholes, lax royalty collection, stagnant lease rates and other advantages to the industry, a report released Wednesday found. The government is contributing at least $7 billion per year in subsidies to support fossil fuel production on federally held...

House votes to undo pesticide protections for nati...

Pesticides and other pollutants that run off into waterways are killing salmon in Seattle’s Longfellow Creek. CREDIT: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson House votes to undo pesticide protections for nation’s waterways Opponents say Republican-led bill takes away the public’s right to know about pesticides. ThinkProgress | The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a bill that dismantles a pesticide permitting system....

Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thou...

Wind turbines. CREDIT: Pexels Anti-wind bill costs Ohio schools hundreds of thousands of dollars New setback rules killed revenue from wind farms that would have gone directly to districts. ThinkProgress | By Emily Sanders Superintendent Ken Amstutz dreamed of propelling his rural Ohio school district into a high-tech future with nearly a million dollars in annual revenue from a single wind farm set to go online this year....

Mill Creek MetroParks wants exemption from state b...

YOUNGSTOWN Mill Creek MetroParks has joined with other park districts across the state in opposing a provision in the proposed state budget that pertains to oil and gas drilling. House Bill 49, which passed the Ohio House of Representatives and is now going through Senate committees, allows public entities such as park districts to be placed in an oil and gas “unit,” which joins together a combination of land tracts for the...

China and India Make Big Strides on Climate Change

Credit Tim Peacock China and India Make Big Strides on Climate Change  By  THE EDITORIAL BOARD MAY 22, 2017 nytimes.com | May 22, 2017 Until recently, China and India have been cast as obstacles, at the very least reluctant conscripts, in the battle against climate change. That reputation looks very much out-of-date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective renewable energy sources...

California is about to revolutionize climate polic...

California is about to revolutionize climate policy … again The state’s cap-and-trade program would be replaced by a new, sleeker one. Updated by  David Roberts @drvox david@vox.com  May 3, 2017, 8:30am EDT Vox | California’s ambition on climate change policy has become dizzying to track. A few months ago, the leader of the senate introduced a bill that would commit the state to 100 percent renewable energy — and that’s not...

Humanity Needs a Global Carbon Law Now

Humanity Needs a Global Carbon Law Now Stephen Leahy Below 2C | 2017-05-13T10:23:14+00:00 Writing in the journal Science, an international team of researchers led by Johan Rockstrom (Stockholm Resilience Centre director), proposes a solution to encourage the world to transition to a low-carbon economy within a few decades. This new carbon roadmap would be driven by a “Carbon Law”. In a recent article, Stephen Leahy outlines...