COLUMBUS, OH – In response to an alleged bribery scandal, Governor Mike DeWine has joined a chorus of bi-partisan Ohio legislators in calling for the repeal of the controversial House Bill 6 that bails out the state’s nuclear fleet, funnels money to a pair of aging coal plants (including one in Indiana), and repealed both the state’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards.
The following is a statement from Daniel Sawmiller, NRDC’s Ohio energy policy director:
“This level of alleged corruption is shocking and legislators should repeal the bill as quickly as possible. This moment is an opportunity to both restore Ohioans’ trust and clean up the mess made by HB6, a bill that many have called the worst energy legislation in the country.
“Ohio needs to chart a path towards an energy future that is best for all Ohioans. One that will bring jobs and economic development to areas of the state that need it the most. The clean energy economy is growing by leaps and bounds across the country, but Ohio Is far from punching its weight on this front. Without an intense focus, we will only see more of the same, which as this week shows, benefits only a wealthy corporation at the expense of everyday Ohioans.”
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