Ohio Must Reject Attacks on Clean Energy
from Wildlife PromiseSpring time in Ohio means hundreds of thousands of migratory birds will once again descend on Ohio fields, lakes and ponds—critical habitats that are being put at risk from climate change. Warmer winters alter the timing of available food supplies for long-distance migratory birds, and warmer water helps invasive species like phragmites destroy crucial stopover habitat.
To protect birds and their Ohio habitat, we must do all we can to confront climate change—including replacing dirty fuel sources with renewable energy.
Currently, Ohio has clean energy standards that address climate change and reduces the pollution that threatens our birds, fish and wildlife. The state’s strong commitment to renewable, clean and advanced energy sources is a huge success thanks to years of advocacy by the National Wildlife Federation and supporters like you.
But, some members of the Ohio legislature are attempting to turn back the clock on clean energy standards. Senate Bill 310, currently in the Senate Public Utilities Committee, would dismantle our current energy standards and erode the consumer protections that help reduce electricity costs. The Ohio Senate bill would halt any further progress on investments from renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in the state.
If we allow the legislature to move forward with this legislation, we risk Ohio once again being left behind as the next generation of jobs emerges elsewhere. The bill would lock in higher electricity bills for Ohio’s consumers at a time when they can least afford it, expose our population to harmful emissions, and cast aside our commitment to preserve our natural habitats for generations to come.