Over the past year, our Ohio Beyond Coal team has been fighting proposals from the state's largest utility companies to seek customer-funded bailouts of dirty and outdated coal plants. After the state utilities commission denied two previous, similar proposals from Duke and AEP, FirstEnergy's scheme is the most egregious we've seen yet, with a projected loss of $3 billion to customers.
The Sierra Club announced yesterday that we are launching two television ads about U.S. Senator Rob Portman’s voting record on clean air and climate action, to run on Ohio broadcast TV this month. The ads call on Portman, who has taken $1,055,154 from polluters, to stop voting against the historic Clean Power Plan, which includes life-saving protections that set the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
In response, Portman told Ohio public radio “I don’t know what the ad’s going to say. But I hope it’s truthful.”
When the US Environmental Protection Agency first proposed its Clean Power Plan to clean up carbon dioxide pollution from power plants, many celebrated the opportunity to fight climate change, minimize other deadly pollutants like soot and smog, lower energy bills, and transition the nation to clean energy. But some state leaders immediately announced their opposition, even before learning the final details of the Plan released on August 3rd.