Politicians selling out to industry
To the editor:
Greenwashing is the practice of “making a company appear more environmentally friendly than it really is.” Industry’s public relations departments have become quite masterful at greenwashing environmental problems. Advertisements for the controversial Senate Bill 6, dubbed the “Clean Energy Bill,” does just that.
Citizens of Ohio have been barraged with fliers in their mail and television and radio ads. TV ads show families in windblown grass fields with the sun shining down, but clean energy sources like solar and wind are not included in SB6. The bill is simply a bailout for FirstEnergy Solutions’ two aging nuclear power plants: Davis Besse and Perry. The bill also will allow “Ohio Valley Electric Corp. to continue charging customers for its two 1950s-era coal-fired plants.”
Credits that would have gone to solar and wind generation are now excluded from the bill. Ohio’s taxpayers will be paying for “bad decisions made by FirstEnergy.” The bill was never intended to be about clean energy or staving off the climate crisis. It will end current mandates that Ohio utilities get more power from renewable energy sources.
Once again, Ohio politicians are putting the possibility of a thriving green energy future for the state on the back-burner as they sell out to the industries padding their campaign bank accounts.