Properly-sited wind turbines, rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, and solar photovoltaic plants could supply all of our energy needs within decades.
By Tom Romito, Board Member and President Emeritus, Western Cuyahoga Audubon
Audubon scientists have found that climate change threatens the survival of nearly half the bird species in North America. Renewable energy and energy efficiency are crucial to stopping the worst effects of climate change, growing the economy in Ohio, creating jobs, and protecting public health and the environment.
In 2008, the Ohio General Assembly responded to Ohioans’ demand for renewable energy sources by passing a clean energy portfolio with a near unanimous vote. As a result of this law, the clean energy industry grew to employ 89,000 people in 7,900 business establishments.
Ohio’s alternative energy portfolio standard supported grassroots movements and protected our interests by creating an environment conducive to strong growth in the clean energy sector. As a result, Ohio has great potential to become a leader in the clean energy industry.
Properly-sited wind turbines, rooftop solar photovoltaic panels, and solar photovoltaic plants could supply all of our energy needs within decades. This would drive new job growth, healthier communities, and a cleaner environment.
In 2014, Ohio bowed to pressure from oil and gas industry and dragged us backwards, giving us the dubious distinction of becoming the only state in the country to destroy our own advances in the clean energy industry. Senate Bill 310 froze the standards for clean energy we had adopted for our state, halted our job growth, harmed our environment, and put our communities in jeopardy.
In 2015, a General Assembly committee did an even greater disservice to Ohio by recommending the continued freeze on our alternative and renewable energy standards. These energy standards must be put back into effect in order to continue to create sustainable jobs, attract business investment, provide a clean environment, and protect the health communities that we deserve.
Stopping Ohio’s progress on energy efficiency and renewable energy has negatively impacted job growth and our Ohio’s ability to be a leader in innovation. We want and deserve a clean energy future. We want good jobs, economic security, clean air, clean water, and action on climate change.
Western Cuyahoga Audubon members and friends can help to get Ohio to lift the clean energy freeze and bring back clean energy to Ohio. Please sign the Bring Clean Energy Back to Ohio petition by clicking on the button below.
Signatures will be forwarded to Marnie Urso, Senior Program Manager, National Audubon Society, for delivery to the Ohio Governor.
Bring Clean Energy Back To Ohio!
Tom Romito is President Emeritus of Western Cuyahoga Audubon serving from 2003-2014. During that time, he planned and organized a five-year breeding bird survey in the Rocky River (East Branch) that involved 100 WCAS members and friends. Through this survey, WCAS provided Cleveland Metroparks with data it is using to bolster grant proposals to preserve private land in the Rocky River watershed. Still a board member, Tom is also a facilitator and helps organization that want to grow. He is passionate about climate change, the healing art of reiki, Native American culture, and birding.