Christmas always reminds us of Hope

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In this season of hope, we were surprised to see a glimmer reported in the Toledo Blade yesterday. During a year-end interview with Governor John Kasich, the subject of renewable energy came up and this is what was reported:

“Mr. Kasich recently called “unacceptable” a legislative committee’s recommendation to indefinitely continue the two-year freeze on the state’s renewable and energy efficiency mandates. But in talking Tuesday about the accomplishments of his administration and the General Assembly in 2015, he said he doesn’t want to return to the mandate that utilities find a quarter of their power from such sources by 2027. “This is a tough one,” Mr. Kasich said. “I believe that we need to develop renewables and build them at a rate that is consistent with the ability to not drive up the costs so high that our manufacturers have to buy out-of-state power at higher prices and put people out of work. “But I also think we have to be part of the national solution on renewables, and the legislature is now beginning to look at what we should do. Hopefully, we can reach agreement because I would hate to go back to a 25 percent mandate.”

To the Ohio Environmental Council, this was a Christmas “lump of coal” (pun intended!). It was probably also a siren call for the environmental left to gear up for more pressure in 2016 but it certainly is an improvement over the Governor’s earlier statement that a permanent freeze was “unacceptable”. Thank you for reading our blog this year. Nothing is more powerful than an informed citizenry. May your Christmas day be filled with joy.”…for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”
[Luke 2:8-14 KJV]


Gov. John Kasich said Tuesday…he doesn’t want to see the restoration of the state mandate that utilities find 25 percent of their power from renewable or advanced technology sources…

Source: Kasich rejects bond issue to battle algae in Lake Erie