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Don’t Let Ohio Coal Get A Bailout

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Carbon pollution rolls from Sammis Coal-fired Power Plant. Utilities are asking PUCO to approve passing costs for outdated plants like Sammis onto customers. credit: Akron Beacon Journal

In June 2014, Governor Kasich signed into law a bill that guts Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency standards. Passing this new law was not enough for Ohio’s utilities, though. 

Now, Ohio’s largest electric utilities, AEP, Duke, and FirstEnergy are seeking to keep a number of Ohio’s oldest and dirtiest power plants open for years to come.

And they want you and me to pay for it.

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Fight for Ohio’s State Forests – No Logging!

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Shawnee State Forest trail next to logging site. Which is the trail? Where are the logging roads? Why can’t we tell?

Ohio DNR wants to clear-cut and burn it’s way through Ohio’s natural forests. Take action

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Years of Living Dangerously

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Years of Living Dangerously

New Showtime documentary showing the human impacts of climate change. Learn more and what you can do as an individual to #actonclimate

See the first episode here

 

 

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Beyond Coal

Coal provides nearly 90% of Ohio’s electricity and about half of our global warming pollution. From the mine to the plant, coal is a dirty energy source. It causes asthma and other health problems, destroys mountains, and releases toxic mercury into our communities and waterways. Continuing our dependence on coal chains us to dirty energy and prevents us from making the changes we need to bring about a clean, secure energy future. Visit the Coal Committee page to learn more and join our efforts.

Visit us at http://content.sierraclub.org/coal/ohio

 

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Duke Energy Rate Case Hearings

August 15th, 2011

Duke Energy is having a series of rate cases in Cincinnati and Middletown to discuss their energy provision plans for the next five years. They are shutting down their Beckjord coal plant, proposing to replace it with a natural gas plant, and negotiating the terms of their economic development fund for the New Richmond community. Please come to the hearings so you can have a say in where your money goes! Below are hearing dates/locations and talking points. Read More

New York Mayor Bloomberg

New York Mayor Bloomberg

New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will donate $50 million to the Sierra Club’s nationwide campaign to help America move beyond coal. Over the past 9 years, the Beyond Coal campaign has helped block the construction of 153 new coal-fired power plants across the country.  Sierra Club’s Executive Director Micheal Brune described the gift, “as a game changer”… Read More

A coalition of local and national conservation groups has filed a legal challenge to recently issued Ohio EPA permits allowing FirstEnergy’s antiquated Bayshore coal plant to continue destroying millions of Lake Erie’s fish rather than install modern equipment. Bayshore sits in Lake Erie’s Maumee Bay, one of the most important spawning grounds and fisheries in the world supporting a $1.4 billion annual commercial and recreational fishing economy. Read More

Video of Slurry Spill

On Friday October 1st, it happened again. Murray Energy’s coal pipeline carrying toxic coal slurry through southeast Ohio burst open on Friday, flooding a pristine creek and surrounding areas with over 1/4 million gallons of thick, black sludge.

Watch our video of the scene and tell Governor Strickland to take action to prevent another toxic spill.
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Last year, the Ohio Senate refused to require the coal industry to pay their fair share of oversight.  Instead, Ohio’s coal industry has come up with a new proposal which the Ohio legislature has passed: to raid the state’s Black Lung Fund.

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