This bill would roll back much of the progress that has been made in clean energy and energy efficiency programs, weakening Ohio’s energy portfolio.
Columbus, OH - Today, in response to Sen. Schiavoni’s introduction of legislation aimed at improving Ohio’s water infrastructure, the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund released the following supportive statement:
A coalition of environmental groups and clean energy advocates are working together to send a strong message to the Ohio Legislature: “Thaw the freeze because Ohioans are watching.” Paid messages have covered billboards, radio, social and print media.
Already the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund has a high-profile billboard at
Broad and State streets sending the message to elected officials in the Ohio Statehouse:
The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund (OEC Action Fund), announced today its endorsement of Representative Steven Arndt (R-Port Clinton) for the Ohio House of Representatives. Arndt is a pragmatic and principled leader who is passionate about addressing Lake Erie’s toxic algae blooms, solving climate change, and advancing a sound and balanced energy policy for Ohio.
The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund (OEC Action Fund), announced today its endorsement of Senator Randy Gardner for the Ohio Senate. Gardner is a courageous champion for Ohio’s clean energy economy who has worked tirelessly to put forward innovative solutions to address the algal blooms that plague Lake Erie.
The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund (OEC Action Fund), announced today their endorsement of Rep. Dan Ramos for the State Legislature. Ramos is longtime proponent of growing Ohio’s clean energy economy and has worked hard to address the causes of the toxic algal blooms that plague Ohio’s lakes and threaten our drinking water.
The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund (OEC Action Fund), announced today their endorsement of Denise Driehaus for Hamilton County Commissioner. Driehaus is committed to fighting climate change, growing Ohio’s clean energy economy, and addressing environmental challenges like the Combined Sewer Overflows that threaten the health of our families and the mighty Ohio River.
Innovative Partnership to Hold Elected Officials Accountable - Elevate Environmental Issues
Ohio's environment will have a bold new champion with the launch today of the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund (OECAF). This new organization will hold decision makers accountable, put environmental issues front and center in the electoral process, and change the political dynamics that shape environmental policy making in Ohio.
"Ohioans want clean air to breathe and clean water to drink but party politics and industry influence dominate the Statehouse. It’s time to build the environmental movement in this state and demand our lawmakers act to benefit the health of our communities and environment" said Heather Taylor-Miesle, President of the OEC Action Fund.
The OECAF will work closely with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) through an innovative partnership that will combine the power and resources of a national organization, with the community connections, knowledge, and long-term approach of a state-based group.
This bold new effort will create enduring, meaningful power that changes the dynamics around environmental policies in Ohio by:
- Building infrastructure and programs that will yield immediate gains while building long term power.
- Utilizing all of the tools available to make environmental issues less partisan by strategically deploying positive and negative accountability.
- Bringing on experienced political strategists with proven track records to manage the organization and its campaigns.
"Smart policies require smart politics," said Gene Karpinski, President of the League of Conservation Voters. "The OEC Action Fund has brought in top talent with a reputation for getting results, a strong political background, and deep commitment to environmental protection."
Gerrymandered districts and significant investments from out of state groups mean hyper political rhetoric that doesn’t accurately reflect the will of the majority of Ohioans. As a result, change has been stagnant as money from the opposition inundates the public message. Change will only come by building public support, deploying smart, effective strategies, and by engaging in a bipartisan way.
"Ohio is essential and must lead on the issues that matter. The OEC Action Fund will work to build power in the Midwest, and restore environmental protection as a fundamental value of America’s heartland" said Aryeh Alex, Director of the OEC Action Fund.