Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on Gov. Kasich's Freeze of Ohio's Renewable Energy Standards

May 30, 2014 Issues: Energy

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan made the following statement in response to Governor Kasich signing legislation into law to freeze and roll back Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards:

I am deeply disappointed that Governor Kasich is set to make Ohio the first state in America to roll back standards that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and make us more energy efficient. This decision lacks the vision Ohio needs and it will unfortunately mark Ohio as a backward looking state when it comes to the rapidly growing renewable energy industry. 

With this move Governor Kasich is rejecting decades of research proving that we must increase our development and use of renewables. These standards were passed with almost unanimous consent seven years ago and they have helped make Ohio a leader in green jobs, such as wind and solar energy manufacturing.

Analysts have found that these standards have saved Ohioans over $1 billion since they have been implemented. These standards were a common sense solution to an issue that we face as Ohioans and Americans, but instead Governor Kasich has decided to turn his back on the people of Ohio and bend to the will of special interest groups.