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IEEFA op-ed: A U.S. coal bailout wouldn’t stop ele...

A blatant misuse of the law and a phony national-defense argument It seems a waste of time and resources to call on a nearly 70-year-old defense law to rescue certain failing and outdated sectors of the energy industry. Yet that is precisely what has been proposed. The Trump administration is floating a plan to use the Defense Production Act of 1950, enacted as a drastic national-security measure to be deployed in time of...

Families and business owners near Perry State Fore...

PERRY COUNTY, Ohio — There’s a rumbling in Perry State Forest where coal mining could return by the end of this year if a permit is approved. Families who live and work near a proposed mining site don’t want it there. They say it would be a disruption to the beauty of the forest and their lives. Lauren Ketcham is co-owner of Down the Road Farm. The name spells out her vision. “Our name Down the Road, one of the reasons...

Grassroots: Columbus Could Soon Reclaim Jurisdicti...

A local grassroots campaign to give Columbusites the “legal teeth” to fight air, water and soil pollution has garnered enough support to get on the November ballot. Dubbed the Community Bill of Rights, the ordinance is an amendment to the Ohio State Constitution that would establish local governance over oil and gas activities taking place within the City of Columbus. It’d also enable residents to hold companies liable for...

California’s Incredible New Solar Panel Law Could ...

In fact, the state has a law that at least 50 percent of all electricity will come from carbon-free sources by 2030. But on May 9, 2018, the state upped the ante, with the California Energy Commission unanimously approving a plan requiring all new homes and apartment buildings to have some form of solar power installed. That, in a word, is historic. Yes, similar mandates have been passed by US cities, but this one’s the...

A new unity on solutions for climate change

Both parties in Congress now support incentives for capturing carbon emissions from oil, gas, and coal. The political shift from a divisive debate is welcome. Is the political climate over climate change finally changing for the better in Washington? Perhaps, if you listen to the buzz about a bipartisan effort in Congress to take action on carbon emissions from the use of coal, oil, and natural gas. In February, lawmakers of...

How the energy boom shaped a small town in rural A...

When a fracking company came to a small community in rural Pennsylvania, many people signed the lease that allowed the company to access the natural gas resources on their land. Among them was Stacey Haney, who at that time owned a small farm. Haney saw the lease as a way to support American energy, and like many other people, a way to get some extra money to support life. But money is not the only thing fracking brought to...

Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan Puts 68 National Pa...

Sixty-eight National Parks along the coastal U.S. could be in danger from devastating oil spills if President Donald Trump‘s plan to open 90 percent of coastal waters to offshore oil drilling goes through, a report released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Parks Conservation Association found. The report, SpOILed Parks: The threat to our coastal national parks from expanded offshore...

New Pew Survey: Americans Are Noticing the Effects...

Significant majorities of Americans are seeing the impacts of climate change on their communities and don’t think that the U.S. government is doing enough to combat it, according to the results of the latest survey by the Pew Research Center, reported Monday. Some highlights of the comprehensive national survey on environmental attitudes, taken by 2,541 adults between March 27 and April 9, are outlined below. 1....

Oberlin Council passes climate resolution

OBERLIN — City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to approve a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to accept climate solution legislation. The resolution would call on Congress to pass “carbon fee and dividend” legislation that would give an economic incentive for people and companies to become more fuel-efficient. The policy would charge a rising fee at sources such as oil wells, coal mines, etc. The proposed fee...

Top candidates for Ohio House speaker back bailout...

Updated on May 11, 2018: We’ve updated this post with a response from Rep. Larry Householder regarding his flight to Washington, D.C. aboard FirstEnergy’s corporate jet for President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and why he later sponsored a bill to bail out FirstEnergy’s nuclear power plants in Ohio.  Larry Householder and Ryan Smith, the two front-runners in the race to replace Cliff Rosenberger as Ohio House speaker, have...

Monsanto concealed effects of toxic chemical for d...

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine sued agricultural giant Monsanto on Monday, alleging the company concealed dangers posed by a toxic chemical compound it manufactured for nearly a half century. In the suit, filed in the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court in Cincinnati, prosecutors argued that the company should pay...

In Blow to Monsanto, India’s Top Court Uphol...

In an another legal blow to Monsanto, India’s Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the Delhi High Court’s ruling that the seed giant cannot claim patents for Bollgard and Bollgard II, its genetically modified cotton seeds, in the country. Monsanto’s chief technology officer Robert Fraley, who just announced that he and other top executives are stepping down from the company after Bayer AG‘s...

On Ohio home-rule rights, here are the lawmakers w...

 Opinion, Editorials, Letters and Columns Regulation of assault weapons isn’t the only home-rule power that the General Assembly yanked from Ohio’s cities and villages. Earlier, in 2004, the legislature denied Ohio’s 900-plus cities and villages any authority over the “permitting, location, and spacing of oil and gas wells.” Roll of shame of Ohio lawmakers who overrode GOP Gov. Taft’s 2006...

Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hun...

A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy hunters, including some members with direct ties to President Donald Trump’s family WASHINGTON (AP) — A new U.S. advisory board created to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants, lions and rhinos is stacked with trophy...

Trump EPA Sued Over Refusal to Release Heartland I...

Two environmental groups filed suit Thursday to force the Environmental Protection Agency to disclose its correspondence with the Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank that has led a years-long campaign to discredit climate science. The complaint by the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) suggests that contact between the EPA and Heartland has been far more extensive than...