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Freeze on Clean Energy / Ohio Citizen Action

5,543 letters to end the freeze on clean energy standards

Cleveland staff Cincinnati staff CINCINNATI and CLEVELAND — Our field canvass has been organizing Ohioans to fight back against the freeze on renewable energy standards. Since April 3 of this year 5,543 members have sent handwritten letters to Governor John Kasich and a whopping 23,216 members have signed our “End […]

The Sammis Power plant looms over homes in Stratton, Ohio. Photo Credit: Sierra Club / Colin Scianamblo

Ohio lawmakers, concerned about jobs, support FirstEnergy plan

STRATTON — “Two Democratic lawmakers concerned about job losses in their southeast Ohio districts have spoken out in support of a FirstEnergy plan that critics say is an unlawful ‘bailout.’ In letters filed with Ohio regulators this week, state senator Lou Gentile (D-Steubenville) and representative Jack Cera (D-Bellaire) stressed the […]

Nathan Hall, left, and Todd Howard checked a field of hemp, one of six sites the pair manages. Instead of a silver bullet, Mr. Hall said, “We want to be a part of the silver buckshot that’s going to hopefully transform this region.” Photo Credit: Mike Belleme for The New York Times
Coal / Mountaintop Removal

Beyond coal: Imagining Appalachia’s future

To offset lost mining jobs, officials, business leaders and environmentalists are setting aside political feuds to try to create an entrepreneurial economy PIKEVILLE, KY — “Nearly 13,000 coal jobs — and countless more in related industries — have disappeared in Kentucky since President Obama took office; coal employment is at […]

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs brought guests from visitors came from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudia Arabia, Tunisia, and the Palestinian territories to Ohio Citizen Action's Cleveland office.
Ohio Citizen Action

International leaders visit Ohio Citizen Action

CLEVELAND — On Tuesday August 16th, Ohio Citizen Action welcomed a group of 11 international leaders from North Africa and the Near East to participate in a U.S. State Department-sponsored program entitled “Promoting Financial Accountability.” Citizen Action Northeast Ohio Program Director Shannon Adams helped lead a discussion about current organizational […]

Study: At least 6 million at risk from PFOA chemical family
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Study: At least 6 million at risk from PFOA chemical family

CHARLESTON, WV — “Drinking water systems serving at least six million Americans have shown levels of C8 and other similar chemicals higher than a health advisory issued earlier this year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study published Tuesday by researchers from Harvard University and several […]

The Byron nuclear plant in Illinois. 
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Michael Kappel / Creative Commons
Energy / FirstEnergy

What’s the future of nuclear in the Midwest? A state-by-state look

ST PAUL, MN — “Nuclear power was born in the Midwest, and helped fuel the region’s once-vibrant manufacturing sector for decades. But the Midwest’s cheap power prices and, in some states, deregulated markets make it hard for nuclear to compete with cheaper natural gas and renewables… Ohio FirstEnergy Corp.’s generation […]

They rocked and rolled against dirty coal
Coal / Ohio Citizen Action

They rocked and rolled against dirty coal

CINCINNATI — “On Friday, August 5th Ohio Citizen Action held its 3rd annual Rock ‘n Roll Against Dirty Coal: Live Band Karaoke Challenge. More than $10,000 was raised to speed Ohio’s transition to greater energy efficiency and renewable energy use and a great time was had by all. Many thanks […]

How producing clean power turned out to be a messy business
Clean Power Plan / Energy

How producing clean power turned out to be a messy business

NEW YORK, NY — “Far from emerging as an industry pioneer, NRG has become a cautionary tale. A power-hungry nation needs to change the way it is fueled, but as NRG shows, transitioning to clean power is messy business. ‘The power producers and utilities are the canaries in the coal […]

This 2010 photo from the 10th floor of the MetroHealth Medical Center shows a thick layer of smog hanging over the Cleveland skyline. (Photo courtesy of hazecam.cleveland)

Cleveland ranks among nation’s worst metro areas for air pollution-related deaths, illnesses

CLEVELAND — “The Cleveland area leads the state in the number of deaths and serious health problems caused by air pollution, and ranks ninth worst in the country, according to a new report released today. The Health of the Air report, compiled by the American Thoracic Society and New York […]

Report: States stand to gain if corporations have better access to renewables

Report: States stand to gain if corporations have better access to renewables

WASHINGTON, DC— “Four Midwest states rank among the top in the nation for making it easier for corporations to gain better access to wind and solar, according to a report released Tuesday by Advanced Energy Economy. The report lists the top 11 states that are “above average” when it comes […]