Renewable Energy

Scott Pruit at EPA will hobble Ohio’s alternative-energy economy: Jane Harf (Opinion)

Jane Harf is an energy and environmental consultant.

GRANVILLE — “In Ohio, the clean energy economy isn’t merely the future – it’s the present. We already see clean energy providing jobs, saving money, and making our nation more secure. And we know we’ve only begun to scratch the surface.

So it was very troubling when President Donald Trump named Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as his nominee to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has repeatedly sued to block standards that would reduce harmful pollution and boost clean energy. His nomination suggests what many of us have feared about the Trump administration – that it will not understand either the future potential of the clean energy economy, or its current growing role in Ohio and across the nation.

The clean energy economy is taking off around the country. Millions of Americans now work in the industry. Indeed, more Americans work in wind and solar power today than in coal mining and oil and gas extraction. In 2016, more than half of electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid came from renewable resources, reports Daniel Cusick of E&E News.”

— Jane Harf, energy and environmental consultant who served as director of Ohio’s Energy Future Tour and the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio, guest commentary, Cleveland Plain Dealer

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