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Ohio Senator Opposes Renewable Energy Mandate, Likening It to a Communist Policy

Environment  (tags: alternative energy, politics, usa, environment, destruction, ecosystems, conservation, protection, humans, nature, energy )

- 1882 days ago -
Ohio State Sen. Bill Seitz (R) told the Wall Street Journal that the state's renewable energy standard reminded him of "Joseph Stalin's five-year plan."

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Past Member (0)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 10:43 am
Noted thanks

Alice C (1797)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 11:34 am
What ? another uneducated Sen ?

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 6:33 pm

Jason S (50)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:06 pm
Good posting , thanks

John B (185)
Saturday March 30, 2013, 7:55 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the article. I hope the electorate of District 8 remember this in the next election. Here is a link to a petition to "Tell Congress to Expedite Renewable Energy".
I encourage everyone to go and sign and share if you haven't already.
Read and noted.

Care member (1)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:51 am

Dora Armenia Redfield (90)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:34 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:12 am
As the bill stands, "At least 12.5 percent must be generated from renewable energy resources, including wind, hydro, biomass and at least 0.5 percent solar. The remainder can be generated from advanced energy resources, including nuclear, clean coal and certain types of fuel cells." Seems like you could be againt the bill and just work to push clean coal.

Ro H (0)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:25 am

David K (2)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 10:34 am

Seitz’s top contributor was the American Electric Power FEC with $7,500. He also gleaned $5,000 from Geraldine Warner, a University of Cincinnati trustee and chairwoman of the Ohio Arts Council. Other major donors were the Realtors PAC, JP Morgan PAC and First Energy PAC.

-- Apparently renewable energies have not generated much (any?) campaign donations for Seitz. -- David K.

Link to full article

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 11:35 am
Seitz is known as a bought and paid for GOP legislator. With the Gerrymandered districts in Ohio, it'll be nigh unto impossible to unseat this jackdaw before 2022.

Robert K (31)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 12:49 pm
It's amazing that people this stupid can get elected. I believe it was H L Mencken (but I could be wrong) who said no one has ever gone broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

Robert K (31)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 12:53 pm
John S, there is no such thing as clean coal, and nuclear is a disastrous source of energy, and by far the most expensive possible energy. Wind and Solar power nearly all of Denmark's needs and they have a lot less sunshine than Ohio.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 1:25 pm
I just love the way Republicans play fast and loose with the words Communist and Socialist when they don't like a Democratic proposal.

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday April 1, 2013, 1:26 pm
This is quite an interesting article on what the mandate will do for Ohioans!! I agree with this man!

Study: Ohio’s Alternative Energy Mandates Will Keep Its Economy in a Slump

Paul Chesser,
Frank Conte,
As he campaigned last year, Gov. John Kasich said he would support the repeal of Ohio’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard if he found “it was unrealistic and would drive up prices.” A new study published today by the American Tradition Institute shows the electricity mandate will not only increase costs, but will also subtract jobs and further harm the Buckeye State’s already struggling economy, giving the governor and General Assembly substantial grounds to reconsider the AEPS.
The study found that Ohioans would pay $8.6 billion more for electricity between 2016 and 2025 because of the state’s AEPS, as “renewable” energy is more costly and unreliable than conventional sources such as coal or natural gas. Meanwhile there will be negligible environmental benefit, as it is unproven that use of renewables actually reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The study was prepared by economists at the Beacon Hill Institute at Suffolk University in Boston.
“The last thing Ohio needs, with its high unemployment and population stagnancy, is to force more expensive energy on its citizens and businesses,” said Paul Chesser, executive director of the American Tradition Institute. “The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard passed in 2008 is a blueprint for more economic misery.”
Other insights from the ATI/BHI report:
· Ohio’s electricity prices will increase by 9.3 percent by 2025
· By 2025 the state will lose a net of 9,753 jobs
· In 2025 the RPS mandate will reduce annual wages by an average of $334 per worker
· Due to higher home energy costs, in 2025 annual real disposable income will fall by $1.1 billion
During his campaign last year, Gov. Kasich said he would support an AEPS repeal “if it drives up costs to consumers.
“It will drive up utility bills because we don’t have it ready and have to buy it somewhere else,” he told the Dayton Daily News. “I don’t like that and you can’t mandate invention.”
Worse, renewables such as wind require back-up generation from coal or natural gas because the wind doesn’t always blow, or sometimes blows too hard, causing generators to trip. The use of coal- or gas-fired generators in this manner, with repeated turn-on and turn-off, causes them to emit more pollutants than if they ran continually without wind, according to data analysis by BENTEK Energy, LLC. So Ohio is adding costly, unnecessary electricity generating capacity to its grid without giving residents anything in terms of a cleaner environment.
The report also explains why caps intended to mitigate the increased costs of Ohio electricity due to AEPS are ineffective, with utilities able to boost rates via other compliance and surcharge mechanisms.
“Ohio’s AEPS is a loser economically and it’s a loser environmentally,” Chesser said. “It should be eliminated before it does some lasting damage.”
See a two-page summary of the ATI/RGF Study of the Effects of Ohio’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard on the State Economy. (PDF)
See the Full ATI/RGF Study of the Effects of Ohio’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard on the State Economy. (PDF)

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:25 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. ALEC and the Koch Bros. strike again! Robert K. said, "It's amazing that people this stupid can get elected." That's because of the enormous "donations" from those well-funded groups. They are putting "puppets" into office. The way to fight back is publicly financed elections and an amendment stating corporations aren't people. MoveToAmend is working on this nationwide and in Congress for passage of a bill. H.J. Res.29 is the "We The People Amendment" introduced by Reps. Rick Nolan and Mark Pocan. It is beautifully simple:

Sect. 1: Only people have constitutional rights.
Sect. 2: Money Is Not Free Speech
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