A new report from an Ohio research center finds that Ohio ranks second in the country behind Texas for most carbon pollution from its power plants.
“America’s dirtiest power plants are the elephant in the room when it comes to global warming,” said Adam Brunell, field organizer for Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center.
The organization’s mission is to help protect the air, water and open spaces and help people speak out about the environment. It presented the report at a press conference in downtown Akron on Sept. 10.
“If we want a cleaner, safer future for our kids, we can’t afford to ignore power plants’ overwhelming contribution to global warming. For Ohio, tackling the problem means cleaning up the dirtiest power plants,” said Brunell.
The report titled “America’s Dirtiest Power Plants” comes as the Obama administration readies a new set of rules to tackle global warming. The report focuses on carbon but also includes ranks based on total emissions.
Ohio’s power plants are responsible for 48 percent of statewide emissions and produce as much carbon each year as 25.2 million cars, according to the report.
Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to propose an updated rule for cutting carbon pollution from new power plants on Sept. 20, and Ohioans have submitted more than a quarter million public comments in support of limiting carbon pollution from power plants, according to Brunell.
“We can use our natural resources more wisely,” said Amanda Woodrum, energy officer at Policy Matters Ohio. “This means investing in combined heat and power technology, relying more on renewable energy, and making our homes and businesses more efficient and our manufacturing sector leaner and greener.”
Brunell said he believes it is critical for Sen. Sherrod Brown to support this action. Brown’s office could not be reached for comment for this story.
“We have a chance to step up and create a cleaner and safer future for generations to come,” said Brunell.
“By taking this high road approach, we can reduce emissions, save money, become more globally competitive, and create good jobs in the process,” said Woodrum.
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