Todd Snitchler would do well to recall that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio serves all Ohioans. More, as the commission chairman, he must set a tone inviting confidence that panel decisions stem from a careful weighing of evidence, driven by the larger interests in the state.
The reminder is necessary in view of a Columbus Dispatch report about the chairman’s tweeting habits. Snitchler has been generous in sharing his thoughts about climate change and renewable energy, even relaying what he called an “interesting” item from Pravda, the newspaper associated with the Communist Party in Russia, about “the myth of global warming.” In one tweet, he warned: “ ‘Green’ religion is taking over from Christian religion.”
Snitchler shared doubts about ice retreating in the Himalayas. He should visit Lonnie Thompson and his colleagues at Ohio State. They will inform him about the actual science of global melting.
The Snitchler era at PUCO got off to a rocky start with the fiasco over rates for American Electric Power, the panel approving huge rate increases for many customers. Now the chairman doesn’t seem to grasp that wind and solar power have been increasing their contribution to the flow of electricity, the rates becoming more competitive.
And then there’s the matter of John Kasich and his energy strategy for the state, much at odds with the Snitchler tweets. The chairman might take a moment to become informed about what the governor and state lawmakers have been doing.