As the Ohio candidates for governor wind up their debates, the picture of where they stand on energy policy is clear: “Cordray says Ohio has sacrificed a once-admirable clean-energy policy, giving other states and countries a head start in embracing renewable energy and its associated jobs. He pledges to strengthen renewable energy goals for sources such as wind and solar to create good-paying jobs and attract companies committed to clean energy to support their enterprises. DeWine supports the full range of energy options, including nuclear and natural gas, and wants Ohio to move to develop an energy grid that can provide renewable power for companies that value going green.”
We also learn that a New York University School of Law program funded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is placing lawyers in the offices of Democratic state attorneys general and paying them to prosecute energy companies and challenge Trump administration policies on energy and the environment. “Nine states and Washington, D.C., including New York, Illinois and Pennsylvania, are participating in the multimillion-dollar program funded by the media magnate and ex-New York City mayor, who re-registered as a Democrat this week amid expectations of a run for president in 2020. The 14 current fellows in the program report to the attorneys general, but they are paid by NYU’s Bloomberg-funded State Energy & Environmental Impact Center. State AG offices hire these trained lawyers – not students but seasoned professionals with years of experience – as special assistant attorneys general. Under terms of the arrangement, the fellows work solely to advance progressive environmental policy at a time when Democratic state attorneys general have investigated and sued ExxonMobil and other energy companies over alleged damages due to climate change.”
If Ohio elects Cordray as Governor and Democrat Steve Dettelbach as Attorney General, will it be long before Bloomberg’s money finds its way into Ohio? Media reports say Ohio is targeted for this program if Dettelbach defeats Yost for Ohio Attorney General.
In the energy world, it is always wise to follow the money. The Daily Caller now reports nonprofit foundations gave conservative groups $10 million to promote liberal energy policies. That effort includes targeting young conservatives and social conservatives for climate “education.” The Christian Coalition received more than $4 million to spread the climate gospel among its membership. The Christian Coalition describes itself as “one of the largest conservative grassroots political organizations in America.” However, the group received funding from charitable foundations since 2008 to “identify and educate supporters of renewable energy within the conservative community,” “advance policy solutions for a stable climate” and other related efforts, according to two grant descriptions. “Environmental foundations have funded faux-conservative groups for many years to make it seem like their radical climate ideology has a broader consensus than it really does,” Institute for Energy Research (IER) President Tom Pyle told The DCNF.”
Against the tsunami of green money and corruption, there is a very interesting opportunity emerging. A new group that wants to save the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants and promote nuclear energy kicked off its efforts this past week with a news conference in the Statehouse. The Ohio Clean Energy Jobs Alliance is a coalition of Ohio community leaders and organizations committed to preserving the jobs and economic benefits, carbon-free energy and electricity grid reliability that nuclear plants provide to the state, according to a news release from the group.