OEC Action Fund Testimony regarding House Bill 114 (to review energy efficiency provisions)

The world is undergoing a massive transition in how it generates, transports, manages and delivers electricity to homes, neighborhoods, and businesses. Consider:

  • In 2015, global capacity for renewable energy surpassed that of coal for the first time ever in human history

  • About half a million solar panels were installed every day around the world in 2015

  • In 2015, China was installing two wind turbines every hour. In 2016, growth in wind has slackened, but only to the tune of 1 turbine per hour.

Governor Kasich’s State of the State wades into Lake Erie issues, is shallow on details

The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund’s President, Heather Taylor-Miesle, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Kasich’s State of the State address from Sandusky, OH.

"Tonight, we heard Governor Kasich start his State of the State address by recalling childhood memories on the majestic Lake Erie. He nodded to the state’s new Sandusky Bay Initiative, which is an innovative local solution to help clean up our Great Lake. With the Lake as the backdrop, there was no better time or place to place conservation and public health issues center stage.

“Under Gov. Kasich’s leadership, Ohio has made strides to protect and restore Lake Erie, but Ohio has yet to take the bold action needed to end Lake Erie’s toxic algae plague. I call on Governor Kasich to urge state lawmakers to get serious about curbing agricultural runoff pollution. Pollution from industrial farms is the leading cause of toxic algae. We know the problem. Our leaders must step up to fix it.

“At the federal level, President Donald Trump has proposed an EPA budget that completely eliminates Great Lakes restoration and protection funding. The OEC Action Fund, and the Ohioans who depend on Lake Erie for drinking water and jobs call on the Governor to end these draconian cuts.

“Missing entirely from the Governor’s speech was any discussion of clean energy jobs. Gov. Kasich has been a champion for Ohio’s clean energy industry in the past, and has pledged to veto any attempts to repeal Ohio’s successful clean energy standards. With the Ohio House of Representatives’ recent passage of HB114, another attempt to gut Ohio’s clean energy progress, we need to hear where the Governor stands. If Gov. Kasich truly wants to see a diversified economy for the state, Ohio must put its open for business sign up for clean energy. "

Ohio House revives another desperate attempt to freeze clean energy standards

Columbus, OH - Today, in response to the introduction of House Bill 114 aimed at freezing Ohio’s renewable energy standards, the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund released the following statement:

“With the introduction of HB114, the Ohio House of Representatives is re-hashing failed attempts to thwart the renewable energy standards that Ohioans overwhelmingly support. Governor Kasich vetoed very similar legislation in HB554 last year and has continued to advocate for the standards to remain in place. Ohio needs to be a leader in the energy revolution that is sweeping the world instead of debating legislation that is dead on arrival.”

 

 

Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund President to speak at U.S. Congressional District 15 town hall: Ohioans must demand environmental and public health protections from lawmakers

Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund President to speak at U.S. Congressional District 15 town hall: Ohioans must demand environmental and public health protections from lawmakers

OEC Action Fund President Heather Taylor-Miesle will join constituents in Congressional District 15, tonight, for a community-organized town hall meeting. Environmental protection will take center stage in the discussion.

Clean Energy Advocates Heat Up Efforts to Thaw Ohio’s Freeze on Renewable, Energy Efficiency Standards

Clean Energy Advocates Heat Up Efforts to Thaw Ohio’s Freeze on Renewable, Energy Efficiency Standards

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:

OEC Action Fund Endorses Representative Steven Arndt for 89th District Ohio House Seat

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.

OEC Action Fund Endorses Senator Randy Gardner for 2nd District Senate Seat

OEC Action Fund Endorses Senator Randy Gardner for 2nd District Senate Seat

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.

OEC Action Fund Endorses Rep. Ramos for 56th District House Seat

OEC Action Fund Endorses Rep. Ramos for 56th District House Seat

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.

OEC Action Fund Endorses Driehaus for Hamilton County Commission

OEC Action Fund Endorses Driehaus for Hamilton County Commission

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.

Historic Nomination Offers Stark Contrast on Environment

Tonight at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton will formally accept the nomination to be the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Both her candidacy and the stakes of this election are historic. Nowhere are the stakes more stark than the environmental positions taken by Hillary Clinton and her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. In response to this stark contrast, OEC Action Fund Director Aryeh Alex issued the following statement.

Ted Strickland is Ready to Act on Climate Change

 

Statement on Ohio's US Senate race, in response to Jay Faison’s comments in Cleveland, from OEC Action Fund President Heather Taylor-Miesle

"Ted Strickland is ready to act on climate change, which is currently reeking havoc on Lake Erie along our north coast and in mighty Ohio River, is helping to drive up asthma attacks in children across the state, and putting Ohio’s economy behind as we watch surrounding states invest in the the future of energy instead of holding onto the past.  

Senator Rob Portman has had the opportunity to lead on climate in the Senate and it just hasn’t happened.  We need someone ready to change the debate.”

CHECK OUT: Ted Strickland's 77% LCV score: http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/ted-strickland compared to Rob Portman's 20% score http://scorecard.lcv.org/moc/rob-portman

Trump Presidency Threatens to Divide Rather Than Unite America

Tonight the theme of the Republican National Convention is "Make America One Again.” The event will conclude with presumptive nominee Donald Trump formally accepting the nomination and addressing the nation.  In advance of tonight's speech, OEC Action Fund Director Aryeh Alex issued the following statement.


“If Donald Trump were truly concerned with “Making America One” he would stand with the 97 percent of scientists and the majority of the American public who acknowledge climate change is real and that we need to take action to address it.


Instead, his frequently inflammatory remarks, pollution-friendly policies, and refusal to take environmental issues seriously threatens to divide and weaken America rather than unite and strengthen it.”

Trump Presidency Would Make America First in Race to the Bottom

Tonight at the Republican National Convention, the lineup of speakers focused on the theme of "Making America First." The speakers included former primary campaign rivals, an oil company executive, and Trump running mate, Governor Mike Pence. In response to tonight's speeches, OEC Action Fund Director Aryeh Alex issued the following statement.


"The only thing a Trump Presidency promises is that America comes in first in a race to the bottom on developing clean and renewable energy and solving the challenges of climate change.
While Donald Trump talks a big game about being an outsider who will shake up Washington, his speakers, advisors, policies, and running mate represent the same tired positions that have sought to halt efforts to address climate change.


Donald Trump's running mate sat on his hands and allowed extremists in the legislature to pad the pockets of utility company executives by gutting energy efficiency programs that even he acknowledges was saving families and small businesses money.”
 

Republican platform abandons core conservative values

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Contact: Brian Kaiser, Director of Public Relations, OEC Action Fund

bkaiser@theoec.org 614-408-5084

CLEVELAND, OH - The Republican Party passed the Republican Platform today at the Republican National Convention. The platform represents a retreat from the legacy of conservation that the party once proudly embraced and includes numerous provisions that are out of step with the American public.

Among the anti-conservation provisions included in the platform is language aimed at killing the life-saving clean power plan, opening our parks and natural areas to exploitive drilling and logging, and reversing the progress that has been made forging an international climate treaty.

In response to the adoption of the platform, the OEC Action Fund issued the following statement.

“There was a time when conservative politics and environmental conservation went hand in hand. Yesterday’s adoption of the 2016 Republican Platform at the RNC shows the party no longer subscribes to the basic conservative tenets of personal responsibility, living within our means, or protecting our families.

If it did, it would work hard to address climate change, which threatens our families, our communities and our way of life. Today’s Republican Party and its platform shows its more concerned with growing the wealth of big polluters than protecting the health of our families.

From climate change to clean energy, the Grand Old Party has turned its back on Ohio’s families and doesn’t represent the views or values of most Ohioans.” 

Aryeh Alex, Director of the OEC Action Fund

OEC Action Fund Director Issues Statement on Trump Visit to Ohio

 

COLUMBUS, OH - Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump held a campaign event today in St. Clairsville, Ohio. In advance of the event, OEC Action Fund Director, Aryeh Alex issued the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s positions on energy and the environment. 

“Donald Trump’s erratic and divisive language is out of step with the values of most Ohioans. Instead of moving Ohio forward, a Trump presidency promises to reverse the progress we’ve made advancing a clean energy economy and addressing climate change.  The Buckeye State is ready to lead America into the 21st Century but Trump’s temperament and lack of judgement puts Ohio’s families at risk and threatens the essential environmental protections that ensure the clean air and water our families depend on.” 

Aryeh Alex, OEC Action Fund Director

OEC Action Fund President Issues Statement on Economy and Environment

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke about her economic vision for the country today at a campaign event at the Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus. The OEC Action Fund President, Heather Taylor-Miesle issued the following statement after the event.

“This is an incredibly important conversation and I’m glad Secretary Clinton is having it here in Ohio. The buckeye state has long been the backbone of America’s economy and today it is poised to lead the way with cutting-edge clean energy technology. This November, we will all have a serious choice to make - to elect a President that will foster innovation and create opportunities for all Americans to succeed or one who suggests the threat of climate change is a fairy tale and wants to block efforts to build a clean energy economy.”

-Heather Taylor-Miesle, President, OEC Action Fund