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Ohio Citizen Action member Father Neil Pezzulo visits Washington
Climate Change

Ohio Citizen Action member Father Neil Pezzulo visits Washington

CLEVELAND — As part of a lobby day organized by Earthjustice, Father Neil Pezzulo visited Washington DC earlier this week to lobby Ohio senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown. Father Pezzulo is First Vice President of Glenmary Home Missioners, located in Fairfield, Ohio. The mission was to oppose HR 806/S263 […]

Wind turbines in Van Wert (Credit: Columbus Dispatch).
Wind Energy

Lawmakers pressed to ease restrictions on wind-turbine locations

COLUMBUS — “Wind-energy advocates are pushing hard this week to get Ohio lawmakers to revise a three-year-old rule that put new restrictions on where wind turbines can be placed. The proposal is in the form of an amendment to the state budget, submitted by Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, whose district […]

U.S. power plant emissions fall to near 1990 levels, decoupling from GDP growth
Coal / Energy

U.S. power plant emissions fall to near 1990 levels, decoupling from GDP growth

The economy is growing as carbon dioxide emissions fall and renewable energy rises. A new report examines the carbon footprint of the top electricity generator WASHINGTON, DC — “Emissions from the nation’s power generators have been on the decline, even as the economy has grown—providing evidence that contradicts pro-coal arguments […]

Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station cooling tower in July 2015 (Credit: Gregory Varnum, Creative Commons).
Energy / FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

Bailout of 2 Ohio nuclear plants stalls in Statehouse

CLEVELAND — “A proposed bailout for Ohio’s two nuclear power plants that would lead to rate increases for FirstEnergy customers appears to be stalled in the Legislature. One legislative committee considering the idea suspended testimony last month amid protests against the plan while another committee held its fourth hearing this […]

Davis Besse nuclear power plant (Creative Commons)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

FirstEnergy’s nuclear zero emission credits may have stalled

COLUMBUS — “FirstEnergy’s effort to convince state lawmakers that it must have more than $300 million a year in new customer charges to keep its nuclear power plants running is approaching a stall point. The Ohio Senate’s Public Utilities Committee wrapped up its fourth hearing Thursday on the special nuclear […]

The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent
Coal

The White House exaggerated the growth of coal jobs by about 5,000 percent

WASHINGTON, DC — “On Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press,’ Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, claimed that the U.S. has created 50,000 jobs in the coal sector since the fourth quarter of 2016. The statistic carries an important message for the White House. Trump has brought extraordinary attention […]

A solar farm in Lagos, Portugal (Creative Commons)
Renewable Energy

‘Spectacular’ drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost

NEW YORK, NY — “Renewable energy capacity around the world was boosted by a record amount in 2016 and delivered at a markedly lower cost, according to new global data – although the total financial investment in renewables actually fell. The greater ‘bang-for-buck’ resulted from plummeting prices for solar and […]

Ohio Statehouse (Wikimedia Commons)
Renewable Energy / Uncategorized

State legislators still hope for compromise with Governor on clean-energy bill

COLUMBUS — “A proposal that would weaken clean-energy standards is now in the Ohio Senate, and a key lawmaker says he hopes to come up with a version of the bill that Gov. John Kasich would support. House Bill 114 received its first hearing on Wednesday before a Senate committee, […]

The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station (Credit: NRC)
FirstEnergy / Nuclear Energy

New oil and gas industry poll: Majority of respondents ‘strongly opposed’ to special fees for FirstEnergy’s nuke plants

COLUMBUS — “An oil and gas group is using the power of the people to try to stave off an Ohio utility’s push to subsidize its nuclear power plants. API Ohio – which stands for American Petroleum Institute – released a poll of Ohio voters on Wednesday that gauges their […]

The other reason to shift away from coal: Air pollution that kills thousands every year
Coal

The other reason to shift away from coal: Air pollution that kills thousands every year

PITTSBURGH, PA — “In a recent research study with colleagues at Carnegie Mellon, I analyzed how human health and the environment would be affected if all coal-fired power plants in the United States switched to natural gas – an extension of a trend that is already underway. We found that […]