Urging Governor Kasich to Veto Budget Bill’s State Lands Drilling Amendment

“This week, the Conference Committee working on Ohio’s budget submitted Amended Substitute House Bill 49 (H.B. 49) to Governor Kasich. The bill includes an amendment that eliminates the governor’s authority to appoint members of the Oil and Gas Leasing Commission (R.C. 1509.71), the state body charged with leasing state lands to the oil and gas industry. The bill would give the governor’s appointment authority to the Speaker of the Ohio House and President of the Ohio Senate. Governor Kasich has declined to appoint members to the Commission since its creation in 2011.

OEC Action Fund Testimony regarding the State Biennial Operating Budget (Substitute House Bill 49)

Chairman Jordan, Vice Chair O’Brien, and Members of the Ohio Senate Finance - General Government and Agency Review Subcommittee, my name is Sarah Spence, Director of Government Affairs for the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund (OECAF). Thank for the opportunity to speak to the committee today on substitute HB 49.

OEC Action Fund Testimony Regarding Proposed Zero Emission Nuclear bailout

Chairman Seitz, Vice Chair Carfagna, and Ranking Member Ashford; I am Trish Demeter, Managing Director of Energy Programs for the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) Action Fund. Thank you for inviting testimony on Ohio House Bill 178 (DeVitis), which would create a create a Zero Emission Nuclear (ZEN) program for the state of Ohio. The OEC Action Fund is opposed to this legislation, as it would diminish customers’ ability to experience the benefits of energy efficiency and distributed energy resources on their monthly electric bill, and would incur costs on customers without yielding any additional environmental benefit for Ohioans.

OEC Action Fund President Heather Taylor Miesle shares her story and urges citizens to continue to demand forward motion on the environment

"This entire event is close to my heart. I grew up in the shadow of an oil refinery. My school was literally on the cliffs right above this refinery, and on windy days the pollution would flow into our playground. Most of my friends had inhalers. Many of them had cancer, and one day the parents started to talk and realize that this was not normal. And they started to organize, and they started to ask questions, and they started to demand action," Heather Taylor-Miesle began her speech at the Ohio 15th District Town Hall meeting on February 23.

What you need to know about the anti-clean energy bills moving through the Statehouse

What you need to know about the anti-clean energy bills moving through the Statehouse

Ohio Senate Bill 320 & Ohio House bill 554 holds Ohio back, increases electric bills, and puts Ohioans’ health at risk. When Ohio Senate Bill 310 was enacted in June 2014, the idea behind the two-year “freeze” on Ohio’s renewable portfolio standard (RPS), and energy efficiency resource standard (EERS) was to study the standards costs and benefits, and to craft a sound energy policy for the state of Ohio. 

Lawmakers Considering Vote to Increase Electric Bills

A bill being rushed through the Ohio Legislature during the lame duck session could cause residential and small business electric bills to skyrocket. Senate Bill 320 and House Bill 554 will reduce cost effective energy efficiency targets, and allow special rate exemptions for big corporations, resulting in untold rate increases.

The Oberlin Project: Locals leading the way

The Oberlin Project: Locals leading the way

I ’m Max Schaefer, the OEC Action Fund’s newest staff member and the organization’s first field staff living in the great city of Lorain--right on the coast of Lake Erie. I am not a policy expert, my background is in politics and community engagement. But I don’t think you need to have background in environmental studies to realize that Oberlin, Ohio is a green city that puts the environment and sustainability at its forefront. Who is the catalyst behind this movement? The Oberlin Project.

7 things you should know about the Dem Platform

7 things you should know about the Dem Platform

Yesterday at the DNC, delegates  finalized what is being touted as one of the most progressive platforms in the party’s history. While Republicans took a wrong turn from their party’s traditional conservation values this election year, the Democratic Platform embraces environmental protection at full force — making strides to address climate change, “one of the biggest threats of our generation.”

Here are 6 environmental issues highlighted in the Democratic Platform you should know about:

RNC Enshrines Industrial Farming

RNC Enshrines Industrial Farming

The 2016 Republican National Convention Platform approved on the convention’s first day features a section called “Abundant Harvest” that laudes our country’s model of industrial-scale farming, including the huge amount of agricultural exports enshrined in trade deals. Absent is any recognition of all the resulting environmental harm caused by this corporate model of food production evident in huge swaths of toxic algae right now in Florida, years past in Lake Erie, and present in so many of America’s rivers and lakes.

The Donald could learn a thing or two from Governor Kasich

This week all eyes are on Cleveland, Ohio as the city hosts the RNC and the Republican Party formalizes its nomination of Donald Trump for President. Right now, Cleveland is full of visitors from across the country, more reporters than what you’ll see at the Super Bowl, American flags, funny hats, and signs about the coming apocalypse (not joking). But there’s one thing you won’t see inside the convention hall - an appearance from Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich.