Ohio has some of the country’s dirtiest power plants, and children across the state suffer from respiratory problems at record rates.
But over the past five years, thanks to the state’s landmark 2008 Clean Energy Law, Ohio has moved quickly toward a new future of smart energy use and clean, renewable power.
In 2011, our wind industry was the fastest-growing in the nation. To top it off, energy efficiency is reducing our dependence on the dirty coal plants that pollute the air, threatening citizens with respiratory illness, and the water, threatening ecosystems and our drinking water.
Not every Ohioan, however, sees the spread of clean energy as something worth celebrating. The executives at FirstEnergy certainly seem to fall into that camp.
FirstEnergy has never generated enough energy efficiency savings to comply with the law — a requirement that other utilities have consistently exceeded. Late last year, the utility launched a failed attempt to stall progress toward improved energy efficiency. Now, the company is trying to rally its large customers to get behind a new push to roll back the law in the legislature.
Rolling back efficiency programs would rob communities of future savings and continue our dependence on dirty energy.
It would leave household and city budgets vulnerable to rate hikes. It would keep us hooked on dirty energy like coal, leaving citizens with more pollution in the air and water. Let’s make sure that state lawmakers make the right choice.
Laws in need of enforcement
I am continually reading about the need for more background checks because transactions at gun shows are not subject to checking.
This is absolutely untrue. Many dealers who sell at gun shows are required to conduct background checks as a condition of having a federal firearms license.
I have observed many dealers following the regulations and conducting checks using cell phones, directly from the gun show.
Further, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms does a poor job of enforcing regulations already on the books.
If someone sells guns as a business, he or she must obtain a license and follow regulations.
I have been attending gun shows for 40 years and have seen the same guys at these gun shows year after year selling guns, but with a sign that says they are selling from their “private collection,” so no background check is required.
It seems to me like it’s a business, even though part-time. Does the bureau ever check them out?
Passing more laws and regulations is unacceptable until our government officials start enforcing all laws already enacted.
Slaves to the technology
If you are texting while walking and you run into a pole, good. You deserved it.
If you put all of your personal information on a computer, and someone hacks into it and steals your identity, I have no sympathy for you.
Like a feeble sheep, you were led into the electronic age. You bought into it, and now you are a slave to it. You have chosen to live by the sword.
Reading the story of Virginia and Jim Griffin brought smiles to my face and warmed my heart (“Talking birthday bear comforts,” April 5).
Such a beautiful love story, such an angelic picture. The family has truly been blessed.