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Windfall from Rover, NEXUS pipelines in Ohio likel...

Two major natural gas pipeline systems built across Ohio in response to America’s fracking boom could generate far less tax revenue than promised for area schools, townships, parks, senior centers, and other services. Owners of both the Rover and NEXUS pipeline systems have filed separate requests with the Ohio Department of Taxation to have the values of their respective pipelines lowered significantly. Values vary from...

Gift guide: 12 books on climate change and the env...

Twelve provocative books describe the challenges Americans face in a climate-changing world and offer solutions, including personal political action. The first weeks of this year’s “official” holiday shopping season coincide with COP 25 – the 25th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The delegates meeting in Madrid, Spain, are discussing ways for countries to...

FirstEnergy corrupts democracy with gifts 🎁...

FirstEnergy spent millions on advertisements, lobbying and charitable giving to ensure the passage of House Bill 6, corrupting every branch of state government. Supreme Court         The fate of FirstEnergy’s bailout of its struggling nuclear and coal plants may rest in the hands of the Ohio Supreme Court. But six of the seven justices sitting on the court have received campaign cash from the...

Is shale development worth the costs? A Carnegie M...

Although the massive shale gas build-out in the Appalachian Basin has produced significant economic benefits, a new Carnegie Mellon University study says all the drilling, fracking and cracking isn’t worth the environmental, health and climate damage. The study estimates air pollution from shale gas development activities in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia from 2004 to 2016 resulted in 1,200 to 4,600 premature deaths in...

3 Tools to Help You Channel Your Inner Climate Sci...

(ED. OOOPs, sent this out prematurely. Try this better format.) If you read a lot of news about the climate crisis, you probably have encountered lots of numbers: We can save hundreds of millions of people from poverty by 2050 by limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but policies currently in place put us on track for a more than three degree increase; sea levels could rise three feet by...

Ohio’s biggest solar project has a buyer

Developer Innergex Renewable Energy has announced that it has signed a power contract with “an investment grade rated U.S. corporation” for the 200 MWac Hillcrest solar project. A solar project with a planned capacity that nearly matches what the state of Ohio has installed to date has a buyer and is moving forward. While it has not been made public exactly who the buyer is, developer Innergex Renewable Energy holds firm...

Column: Limits on wind, solar are hurting Ohio far...

Ohio is an agriculture state. Family farms often span generations. In places like Paulding County, farmland sustains soybeans, corn, hogs, cattle and wheat. In recent years, a new cash crop has taken root alongside this more traditional harvest: clean energy. The agriculture community has turned to solar and wind energy to supplement traditional farm income. Solar arrays can power an energy-intensive hog barn and other...

Positioning for a low-carbon future, utilities rel...

Positioning for a low-carbon future, utilities rely on gas, coal in near term Executives from some of the largest U.S. electric utilities and power providers said they will continue to rely on fossil fuels, including coal, well into the next decade as they position themselves for a low-carbon future. “There’s no question that at certain times of the year, the fossil generation fleet is what carries the...

South Euclid, OH council considers resolution sett...

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — City Council heard the first reading Monday (Nov. 25) of a resolution that establishes a goal for the city’s government to use 100 percent clean energy by 2025 and a goal for the community as whole to be doing the same by 2035. The resolution’s language states that 139 U.S. cities, including Cleveland and Cincinnati, have already adopted 100 percent clean energy goals, and six U.S. cities have...

Governor DeWine Announces H2Ohio Water Quality Pla...

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today unveiled H2Ohio, a comprehensive, data-driven water quality plan to reduce harmful algal blooms, improve wastewater infrastructure, and prevent lead contamination. “We have a moral obligation to preserve and protect our natural resources,” Governor DeWine said during a speech at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo. “My H2Ohio plan is a dedicated, holistic water quality strategy...

Terra Firma #1: The Best Story Ever

Ed. note: This piece is taken from Courtney’s new weekly newsletter. If you would like to subscribe, please go here. Welcome to Terra Firma by Courtney White. I’ve spent my life prospecting for innovative, practical, and collaborative answers to pressing problems involving land and people, sharing them with others. I’d like to share them with you! I’ve been involved with save-the-world work for over thirty years (yikes!) and...

‘How is climate change affecting autumn?R...

As temperatures warm, the fall season has been delayed. Dear Sara, I would like to read your prediction of the effects of climate change on the traditional four weather seasons. From a lifestyle preference, it has been nice for me to know that in the summer, there will be the warmth of the ocean. In the fall, we see the shedding of the leaves and the beauty of the trees when they’re bare. In the winter, there may be snow or...

GM sells shuttered Ohio plant to EV truck start-up

(Reuters) – General Motors Co confirmed on Thursday it has sold its shuttered Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio to a start-up that has an ambitious plan to begin building electric pickup trucks by the end of 2020. Lordstown Motors Corp, which is 10% owned by Workhorse Group Inc, has retained Ohio investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & Co and is working to raise additional capital, Lordstown Chief Executive Steve Burns...

Harvard Says Solar’s the Solution Ohio Didn’t Know...

The study reported that replacing the many coal power plants with solar power plants could result in economic and health benefits for the state. But Ohio doesn’t “have a clear path to really making that transition. (TNS) — To achieve the most climate and health benefits nationally, more renewable sources of energy should be installed in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions, including Ohio, according to a Harvard study...

Enough is Plenty

Welcome to the first in a series of six blog posts from me, Anne Ryan, under the general theme Enough is Plenty, hosted by Feasta. This blog is for readers who are becoming increasingly concerned about climate breakdown, ecological destruction, injustice, and animal and human suffering. There is a huge range of awareness in society about these issues. Many people have been aware and active for two or three decades and are...