China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy
Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge
Trump has secretive teams to roll back regulations, led by hires with deep Industry ties President Trump signed an executive order in February requiring federal agencies to form deregulation teams, many of which are now staffed by political appointees with potential conflicts. Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times
$4.2 billion wind stymied in Ohio: House refuses to ease restrictive zoning $4.2 billion wind stymied in Ohio: House refuses to ease restrictive zoning
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 […]

Jobs at Ohio Citizen Action Looking for more than just a job?

Looking for more than just a job?

  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 […]

Contribute Your contribution helps us win

Your contribution helps us win

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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Mayor Crawley announces Water Works to go solar
Renewable Energy

Mayor Crawley announces Water Works to go solar

CINCINNATI — “Surrounded by community leaders and environmental activists, Mayor John Cranley on Wednesday announced major initiatives to further Cincinnati’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Among the initiatives Cranley announced include a plan to transition Greater Cincinnati Water Works from coal-powered energy to solar. The first phase of the solar project […]

Credit: Kristian Buus / Creative Commons
Renewable Energy / Utilities

Analysis: Ratepayer’s foot the bill for utilities’ push against rooftop solar

ST. PAUL, MN — “A recent story in the New York Times raised new attention to the role of the Edison Electric Institute in pushing policies hostile to distributed solar. Not mentioned in that article, however, is that ratepayers are a significant source of funding for this industry trade association. Utilities pay dues […]

In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, an algae bloom covers Lake Erie near the City of Toledo water intake crib about 2.5 miles off the shore of Curtice, Ohio (Associated Press file photo).
Lake Erie / Water Quality

Environmentalists sue EPA to designate Ohio’s portion of Lake Erie ‘impaired’

CLEVELAND — “Advocacy groups are challenging the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to accept Ohio’s assertion that its portion of Lake Erie does not meet the definition of impaired waters. The Ohio EPA did not include the state’s open waters on a list of impaired waterways when it submitted the […]

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain
Coal

The coal truth: how a major energy source lost its power in Britain

Coal supplied just 2% of power in the first half of 2017, marking a steep decline from just five years ago, according to analysis by Imperial College LONDON, ENGLAND — “This week, it emerged that ministers are disbanding a government and industry body created to secure the long-term future of […]

"Cancer Alley." Many cases of cancer have occurred in communities on both sides of the river, though the Louisiana Tumor Registry claims the numbers are not higher than the national average (Photo: Julie Dermansky).
Environmental Justice

The Louisiana Environmental Apocalypse Road Trip

NEW ORLEANS, LA — “If you’re visiting New Orleans and want to see something truly amazing, take your beer or daiquiri to-go and walk a few blocks past the Superdome—you’ll find a school being constructed on an old waste dump. ‘All the toxins from the landfill are still there,’ says […]

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy
Coal / Energy

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

China may be the planet’s biggest polluter but it’s also powering ahead of other countries on renewable energy HONG KONG — “As the Trump administration yanks the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, claiming it will hurt the American economy, Beijing is investing hundreds of billions of dollars […]

Wind turbines have become increasingly efficient, as longer wind blades have been developed. photo: Christian Charisius/Reuters
Climate Change / Energy

US will meet Paris accord commitments even if Donald Trump withdraws, says report

Renewable energy will be the cheapest form of power in almost every country by 2020, analysts claim LONDON, ENGLAND — “The plummeting cost of renewable energy means even if Donald Trump pulls the US out of the Paris climate change accord, America will still meet its commitments in the agreement, a new report has […]

Large solar farms proposed in three Ohio counties
Renewable Energy

Large solar farms proposed in three Ohio counties

COLUMBUS — “A couple of large wind farms have cropped up in Ohio over the past couple of years, but the state still hasn’t seen a big development with solar power. That could change very soon with not one but three big solar farms in the works. The three plans, […]

Letter: Taxpayers shouldn’t prop up FirstEnergy
FirstEnergy / Ohio Utility Bailouts

Letter: Taxpayers shouldn’t prop up FirstEnergy

COLUMBUS — “Ohio’s legislators just shot down a measure that would have increased electricity rates so utility giants could bolster their finances and credit ratings. The state’s regulators should do the same. FirstEnergy and other utilities in recent years have made numerous bad business decisions, particularly their investments in old […]

Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge
Coal / Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge

CINCINNATI — Live the rock star dream in this live band karaoke contest fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Ohio Citizen Action’s campaign to break Ohio’s dependence upon inefficient, dirty coal plants and to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy use. Sign up to be a Core Contestant by contacting Melissa English or […]