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‘Foolishness’ or step in the right direction? Reactions to continuing Ohio’s renewable energy freeze

COLUMBUS — “Here are some reactions to the committee’s recommendation from interested parties I gathered via email and phone:

  • Sterling Burnett, managing editor of Environment & Climate News and energy and environment research fellow at the conservative Heartland Institute: ‘We’re pleased that the freeze will continue, though we don’t think it should be indefinite – it should be permanently,’ he said. ‘Rescind the matter entirely.’ Burnett speculates that Kasich, running for president, made his comments because he wants to appear moderate to environmentally focused voters.
  • Dan Kammen, energy professor at University of California, Berkeley: ‘Sadly, some states including Ohio seem interested in continuing to force ratepayers to pay more for energy – and dirty energy at that – than they need to. I can only imagine the lobbying that is behind this foolishness.’
  • Susan Munroe, CEO of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce: ‘(There are) more than $1 billion in prospective investments in our county from renewable energy. Let’s not lose this staggering economic development and job growth opportunity to another state due to legislative uncertainty.'”

— Tom Knox, Columbus Business First

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