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Letter: Clean energy yields jobs

October 26, 2016
David Leland News

To protect public health while driving economic growth, it is time to take action on climate. On Sept. 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard legal arguments on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Its decision will have a significant impact here in Ohio.

The Clean Power Plan sets the first-ever federal standards on carbon pollution from power plants and encourages investments in cleaner energy sources. It gives states flexibility to develop plans to implement the rules that work for them. We can choose the most sensible and cost-effective solutions, including energy-efficiency measures that reduce consumption and drive down electricity bills, and include recognition of those Ohioans most drastically affected by this technology change.

Statewide, power plants and industrial facilities produced more carbon pollution than 28 million cars. That’s more than two cars for every person in Ohio, spewing all year long. Unchecked carbon is hurting the health of our economy and our communities. Poor air quality threatens nearly 1 million Ohioans suffering from asthma. Without action, we leave them at risk.

Ohio has more than 100,000 clean-energy jobs, and the industry is expected to grow by 4.9 percent in 2016. The Clean Power Plan gives us the tools we need to drive more economic growth and innovation.

Ours is the first generation to understand the human causes of climate change, and the last to be able to stop it. That’s why I am fighting for the Clean Power Plan as well as an “unfreeze” of Ohio’s alternative-energy standards. We can dither and lose jobs to neighboring states who embrace the clean-energy transition, or we can take the future into our own hands and build our clean-energy economy. Join me in making sure that all Ohio families can reap the benefits of a clean-energy economy.

Rep. David Leland 
22nd Ohio House District