COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 17 -- The Sierra Club Foundation issued the following statement by Neil Waggoner, campaign representative for the Beyond Coal campaign, on the coal and nuclear bailout bill (H.B. 6):
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- Passage of HB 6 would spit in the eye of Ohio electric customers and coherent energy policy
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Today, the Ohio Senate voted 19 - 12 to move HB 6 back to the House; a new energy tax on Ohio electric customers and a complete catastrophe for a balanced informed energy policy and good governance. HB 6 increases customer bills to bail out two uneconomic, 1950s era coal plants -- one of which isn't even in Ohio -- while also bailing out FirstEnergy's uncompetitive nuclear plants. HB 6 also guts Ohio's clean energy and energy efficiency laws.
At a time when Ohio and the world are grappling with the catastrophic reality of the climate crisis, HB 6 demonstrates the clear focus of Ohio legislators to the here and now of campaign dollars versus the long-term safety and security of their constituents.
"HB 6 was a bad coal and nuclear bailout bill when it left the House and it's still a bad coal and nuclear bailout bill now as it leaves the Senate.
"Ohio needs a comprehensive energy agenda with a real priority on reducing carbon emissions, not a utility financed scheme to force Ohioans to pay more each month for coal and nuclear plants that are economic failures.
"HB 6 would be the most regressive energy legislation in the Midwest, as neighboring states continue retiring coal energy generation for cleaner alternatives like solar and wind."
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