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Mandated renewable energy standards instead of voluntary

The solar industry got a boost with Gov. John Kasich's veto of a bill that would have made compliance with the state's renewable energy mandates voluntary for the next two years. Kasich's veto follows a campaign by environmental, business and consumer groups opposing the legislation. Many of them celebrated the veto. Here are comments from the Sierra Club Ohio Chapter:

"We commend Gov. Kasich for vetoing the Ohio Legislature's attempt to tie our state to outdated, dirty, and expensive energy sources. The world is doubling down on wind, solar, and energy efficiency, and Ohio's robust manufacturing base is now in a better position to maximize that opportunity," said the Sierra Club director. "The return of energy efficiency and renewable energy standards will benefit all Ohioans, as Ohio's clean energy programs result in lower energy costs, job creation, and improved air quality. We encourage Gov. Kasich to continue to move forward with clean energy policies."

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer on 2018 Ohio Gubernatorial race , Dec 27, 2016

Renewable energy creates jobs AND improves air quality

The solar industry got a boost with Gov. John Kasich's veto of a bill that would have made compliance with the state's renewable energy mandates voluntary for the next two years. Kasich's veto follows a campaign by environmental, business and consumer groups opposing the legislation. Many of them celebrated the veto on Tuesday. Here are some of their comments.

The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter: "We commend Gov. Kasich for vetoing the Ohio Legislature's attempt to tie our state to outdated, dirty, and expensive energy sources. The world is doubling down on wind, solar, and energy efficiency, and Ohio's robust manufacturing base is now in a better position to maximize that opportunity. The return of energy efficiency and renewable energy standards will benefit all Ohioans, as Ohio's clean energy programs result in lower energy costs, job creation, and improved air quality."

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race , Dec 27, 2016

Nuclear power is last in being clean, quick, safe, and cheap

As the disasters at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima have shown, nuclear power can cause catastrophic damage to land & human health. We should pursue our cleanest, quickest, safest, and cheapest energy options first: Nuclear power comes out last in every one of those categories.

In the long-term, nuclear power is also unnecessary: With an intensive effort to exploit our clean energy resources, we can power our society, create good jobs, and keep our environment healthy with renewable energy--and without nuclear power.

Source: Sierra Club 2016 "Nuclear FactSheet" voting recommendation , Jan 28, 2016

Beyond Coal: Retire 1/3 of nation's coal plants by 2020

Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions--the main contributor to climate disruption--but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs. The Beyond Coal campaign's main objective is to replace dirty coal with clean energy by mobilizing grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for the retirement of old and outdated coal plants and to prevent new coal plants from being built. Our goals include:
Source: Sierra Club website, www.sierraclub.org , Nov 24, 2012

Fight the Koch brothers' agenda for oil

The Koch brothers inherited a business from their fathers and grew it into a conglomerate to where it is the 2nd largest privately owned company in the country with annual revenues approaching $100 billion. The holdings include forest products giant Georgia-Pacific, oil refineries, ethanol, and pipeline building.

[NJ Gov. Chris] Christie pulled out of the 10-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative program (RGGI) several months after meeting with David Koch. Critics saw a pattern developing. Christie scaled back renewable energy goals, scaled back rebates for solar panels at residences, vetoed a bill that would have banned frocking, a process of using pressurized fluid to release gas and petroleum for extraction. "All these policies come directly from the Koch brothers agenda," said the Sierra Club.

Source: Rise to Power, by B. Ingle & M. Symons, p.240-241 , Jun 5, 2012


Sierra Club on Energy

Phase out nuclear power

The Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout, Sierra Club of Canada, Energy Probe and other organizations have long advocated a phase out of nuclear power both on the basis of environmental considerations such as the release of radioactive materials and the disposition of nuclear waste, and on the basis of cost.
Source: Campaign for Nuclear Phaseout, Sierra Club of Canada , Aug 13, 1997


Sierra Club on Global Warming

Climate change is an established fact

Global climate change is by now an established fact. Virtually every reputable scientific organization that has studied the problem is on record as being in agreement with this statement. If we want to avoid big problems in the century ahead, it is clear that the world must shift away from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels to less polluting and more sustainable sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal.
Source: Ozark Sierran, Jim Rhodes, Are Energy Taxes a Good idea? , Mar 30, 2000

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