Ohio’s Energy Paradox
By Thomas Steyer and Philip Brennan
One of Ohio’s biggest imports is being used in your home or office right now. It’s your electricity, and more than half of the fuel that’s used to generate it, amounting to $1.5 billion a year, comes from out of state. Even worse, when we go to the gas station to fill up: half of the petroleum we use comes from overseas. Imagine if Ohio companies and workers were supplying that energy?
It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. For the past two decades, the debate over solar, wind, geothermal, energy efficiency and other renewable sources has been almost entirely based on what it means to the environment. But what we really should be focusing on is how these clean and sustainable advanced energy sources can create jobs for Ohioans and secure a promising future for our children.