Target: Ohio Governor John Kasich
Goal: Call on the Governor to repeal a recent bill seeking to restrict the growth of renewable energy in his state and to commit to promoting clean, efficient energy sources
Last week Ohio Governor John Kasich signed legislation that abruptly halted energy progress in the state. The regressive bill puts a two-year freeze on pro-environment requirements from 2008, which mandated that utility companies use green energy sources such as wind and solar power to generate a portion of their electricity and reduce overall energy consumption. Currently just 2% of Ohio’s electricity is generated using sustainable power, a number this new bill threatens to lower even further.
According to the Environmental Defense Fund, Ohio has witnessed the addition of 25,000 jobs from clean energy, a 1.4% cut in electricity rates and over $230 million in savings since the requirements went into effect six years ago. This rise of cheap renewable energy is viewed as a major threat by the powerful fossil fuel industry.
Fossil fuels and utilities industries, along with conservative groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, have pushed back against this and similar green energy legislation nationwide. Their national campaign to overturn renewable energy bills took hold in Ohio which, as one of the top users of coal in the country, generates more than two thirds of its electricity from coal plants.
The bill attempts to reverse earlier progress, and puts Ohio at odds with new standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) earlier this month calling for a 30% reduction in carbon emissions from power plants nationwide by 2030. Demand that Ohio repeal this regressive legislation and get back on track to creating an emissions-free future.
Dear Governor Kasich,
Ohio was one of 30 states to enact legislation requiring utility companies to increase their use of sustainable energy sources and actively promote energy efficiency. Without such urging change will likely come too late. The environment as we know it will be compromised, and our planet’s resources irreversibly depleted.
New standards from the EPA call for a 30% reduction in carbon pollution from power plants by 2030. The bill you recently signed casts doubt on whether Ohio will be able to meet these requirements. Don’t fall prey to the efforts of conservative, anti-renewable energy groups whose interests run counter to the best interests of Ohioans. There is too much at stake.
Please repeal your bill freezing Ohio’s green energy requirements and promote a more sustainable future for your state, your country and the world. The road to a greener future will require radical change and restructuring, but it is necessary if we are to protect the environment from human destruction. Help Ohio to do its part by restoring renewable energy requirements.
[Your Name Here]
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