The Pope’s thoughts echo the refrain of the People’s Climate March - to change everything, we need everyone. Making the connections from local to global is a crucial point of demonstrating power, and 2015 is a big year to just that in the build up to COP21 in Paris.
On a cloudy day in Ohio’s capital, over 100 people from across the state gathered in front of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) to encourage the Commission to continue to deny bailout requests filed by utility companies to allow their continued use of dirty coal plants -- cases that are being debated as you read this right now. Over the past 10 months, Ohio’s citizens have been fighting for an economy more strongly based in clean energy, but their own Governor, John Kasich, and the bailouts filed by utility companies that provide Ohioans with their energy, are obstacles.
Last week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released partial results of a poll they commissioned to gauge public opinion about the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new ozone standards. The headline of their press release, “More Americans Concerned with Economic Harm of Increasing Federal Regulations Than Environmental Benefit,” certainly caught my attention. This claim runs counter to most other national surveys we have seen recently, which demonstrate strong bipartisan support for environmental and public health protections including the Clean Power Plan’s carbon pollution limits and stronger national ozone standards.
This week on Sierra Club Radio:Audrey Peterman, author of Our True Nature: Finding a Zest for Life in the National Park SystemJanet Larson, Co-Author of The Great Energy TransitionMary Anne Hitt on a new report about water pollution from coal