WASHINGTON, D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today announced a direct mail program to thank Ohio State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington, H.D. 21) and John Patterson (D-Jefferson, H.D. 99) for defending clean energy and Ohio’s economy by voting against Senate Bill 310. This extreme legislation passed earlier this year, and made Ohio the first state in the country to weaken its energy efficiency and renewable clean energy standards. The mail program includes four flights of mail to thousands of Duffey and Patterson’s constituents.
“Ohio is the first state to halt its investment in the clean electricity technologies of the future while other states increase their clean electricity generation and jobs. Voters should know that Representatives Mike Duffey and John Patterson opposed polluters’ attacks and did what’s right for Ohio families and the state’s economy,” said Daniel J. Weiss, LCV Senior Vice President for Campaigns.
According to the Dayton Daily News, the original law required “utilities to get 12.5 percent of their electricity from renewable sources and assist customers in reducing energy usage by 22 percent by 2025. The law proscribes benchmarks to hit between now and 2025. Senate Bill 310 would freeze those requirements at current levels for two years while a legislative committee studies the issues.” The law undermines renewable energy projects and energy efficiency investments at a time when there are currently more than 25,000 jobs in the state’s advanced energy economy.
Representatives Duffey and Patterson stood up for Ohio families and the state’s economy by voting against this extreme measure. LCV released polling that found that 77 percent of respondents want Ohio to increase its use of renewable energy sources including wind and solar power. Among respondents familiar enough with Senate Bill 310 to render an opinion, more than two-thirds said Gov. Kasich should oppose the measure.
Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters, www.lcv.org, and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.