CLEVELAND — “States that choose to sit on their hands during the Clean Power Plan legal challenges will find themselves falling behind states that are embracing a clean energy future and reaping benefits like good jobs, cleaner air, and better health. The demand for low-carbon energy is growing quickly, and will only get stronger as technologies advance, prices come down, and supportive policies are enacted.
If Ohio is to be a clean energy leader, it should be a leader, not a follower, in developing a state clean power plan. Moving quickly to develop and implement a strong clean power plan based on renewable energy and energy efficiency is the right thing to do, and will send an important signal to energy investors that Ohio is very open to clean energy business.
The only beneficiaries of delaying a shift to clean power are big polluters, who would have us continue to take a high stakes gamble on our kids’ future. The time is now for Ohio to move forward on clean, renewable energy by developing a state clean power plan.”
— Sarah Batke, guest column, Cleveland Plain Dealer