“War on Coal” cartoons “War on Coal” cartoons
Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal A wind farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Photo: Nic McPhee/Flickr
Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought Friendly policies keep US oil and coal afloat far more than we thought
Ohio's Clean Energy Future Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

Ohio’s energy future: No time to waste

For years Ohio’s lack of a comprehensive, long-term energy policy has harmed our economy and our health by continuing our reliance on burning coal for electricity. Now we finally have a chance to move forward. During a 2-year legislative “freeze” on our energy efficiency and renewable energy progress, utility companies […]

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  You’ll find it at Ohio Citizen Action. This is the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference. You’ll get to know the environmental issues and the people they affect in our area. Here, you can really put your values into action by earning a living and […]

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Your donations provide support for research, community organizing, and lobbying for campaigns including giving Ohioans the right-to-know and the right to say no about hydrofracking in our state, moving Ohio away from its reliance on dirty coal-fired power plants, and “good neighbor campaigns” in which neighbors of polluting facilities have […]

Victory Clean air victory!

Clean air victory!

Today we learned we have won our lawsuit against U.S. EPA for failure to update air pollution limits within an eight-year timeframe, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. We sued on behalf of two members and many other Ohio communities suffering from toxic air emissions from facilities including […]

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The Blue Creek Township wind farm.
Commentary / Renewable Energy

Commentary: Ohio lawmakers should follow the lead of the business community and support clean energy

COLUMBUS — “As the Ohio Senate considers House Bill 114, a proposal that would dismantle the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards, lawmakers should consider the significant opportunities for clean energy investment in the Buckeye State. In September, General Motors announced it would power its Ohio manufacturing plants in […]

FirstEnergy nuclear charges still before lawmakers, opponents fight earlier increases at Supreme Court
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy nuclear charges still before lawmakers, opponents fight earlier increases at Supreme Court

CLEVELAND — “FirstEnergy’s legislative supporters have introduced a new bill in the Ohio House that would create special customer charges to subsidize the company’s nuclear power plants because they cannot compete with new ultra-efficient gas turbine power plants. House Bill 381 would cost customers less than an earlier proposal — […]

The Painesville, Ohio, power plant recently turned 125 years old.
Photo: Brian Bull, Ideastream
Clean Power Plan / Coal / Energy

What does Trump’s clean power pullback mean For Ohio?

COLUMBUS — “It was one of Donald Trump’s biggest campaign rally cries when he was running for president – ending what he called the ‘war on coal.’ Now his EPA director Scott Pruitt says that’s exactly what the administration is doing by rolling back the Clean Power Plan, something both opponents […]

“War on Coal” cartoons
Clean Power Plan / Coal / EPA

“War on Coal” cartoons

A collection of editorial cartoons about the “War on Coal” from newspapers across the U.S.

Beacon Journal editorial: Why the Clean Power Plan matters
Clean Power Plan / Coal

Beacon Journal editorial: Why the Clean Power Plan matters

AKRON — “Fortunately, the unraveling of regulations requires a rigor equivalent to their creation. A president cannot just cast aside rules. The process involves extensive public comment. Opponents must make a credible case according to the law, science and economics. That isn’t to say the president will fail. Rather, the opportunity […]

A wind farm near Lake Benton, Minn. Photo: Nic McPhee/Flickr
Coal / Energy / Renewable Energy / Wind Energy

Carbon rule or not, wind energy continues to squeeze coal

WASHINGTON, DC — “In nearly every instance, utility decisions to invest in new wind farms are driven by low costs and the ability to add generation and hedge fuel costs without raising customer bills. Take Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. The company already operates 4 GW of wind energy and will increase […]

Coal / EPA / Right-to-Know

“This was a hostile takeover”: How the war on the EPA was waged

WASHINGTON, DC — “With access to key players involved in the issue, War on the EPA tells the story of how combatting perceived federal overreach by the EPA became a popular conservative cause. It unpacks the events that led to the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, and ultimately, to this […]

Kelly Cooper, former president of the UWUA local 175, worked at the two Adams County coal-fired power plants for more than 30 years. "Everybody knows, unless you are in West Virginia and never come out of a coal mine, that coal is on its way out," he said. Photo:
Coal / Energy

Despite Trump promises, uncertainty reigns in Ohio communities near coal plants

MANCHESTER — “A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. By next June, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) will close two coal-fired plants in Adams County, Ohio — the 2,318-megawatt coal-fired J.M. Stuart […]

Coal / Energy

Ohio legislature considers forcing customers to bailout coal plants

COLUMBUS — “Did you hear that you could soon be paying more for your electric bills? But the price of electricity isn’t getting more expensive, so what gives? If some lawmakers in Columbus get their way, your hard-earned money will start paying for bailouts of old power plants in Indiana and […]

Flaring is a technique oil and gas companies use to burn off leaking methane but is blamed for its contributions to climate change (Credit: Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press).
EPA

Courts thwart administration’s efforts to rescind Obama-era environmental regulations

WASHINGTON, DC — “The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law. The latest such ruling came late Wednesday, when a federal magistrate judge in […]