Editorial roundup

The Marietta Times, Dec. 28

Americans can only wonder how much good $38 billion would have done to help utilities find ways to burn coal with less impact on the environment. That much money to support research might well have developed ways tens of millions of Americans could have continued to enjoy low-cost electricity generated from coal. As matters stand, President Barack Obama is well on his way to wiping out affordable power.

Investors in the solar power industry don’t have to speculate. They and others in so-called “renewable” energy know exactly what difference $38 billion would make to them – because they have received it. They owe at least two-thirds of the federal government’s largesse in that regard to Obama…

… Clean coal funding, never more than a few hundred million dollars, was cut back during Obama’s presidency…

Solar, wind and other renewable energy projects have fallen far short of both power generation and employment promises, CAGW determined. Similar failures in other countries – including climate change leaders such as Germany and France, are phasing out subsidies for renewables.

So yes, in order to destroy both the coal industry and affordable electricity, Obama has been eager to engage in “solar socialism.”

At least he’s in his last year as president, you say? True – but his chosen successor, Democrat Hillary Clinton, has a renewables plan, too.

She wants more taxpayer subsidies.

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The (Toledo) Blade, Dec. 27

Gov. John Kasich interrupted his presidential campaign last week to return to Ohio. While he was in Columbus, he asserted that he sees no need even to ask voters in 2016 whether they want the state to borrow as much as $1 billion to help pay to clean up Lake Erie and other key waterways…

The governor added that he has no interest in reversing one of the worst failures of his administration: His acquiescence in the terrible decision last year by the Republican-controlled General Assembly to repudiate Ohio’s standards to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. That measure was a transparent sop to Columbus’ imposing fossil-fuel lobbies.

Kasich evidently believes that such positions burnish his credentials for national political leadership – or at least the GOP presidential nomination. Maybe the latter, but certainly not the former…

During the Republican debate this month, Kasich outlined the elements of political victory next year in Ohio, a key swing state in presidential elections. A candidate’s message, he insisted, “has to be big and bold and positive.”

A comprehensive, meaningful plan to repair Lake Erie, the state’s most vital natural asset, would fit that description admirably. But such an economic and environmental boon doesn’t appear to be on the governor’s agenda.

Voters are told repeatedly that Governor Kasich is the thoughtful, responsible, moderate candidate in the GOP presidential field. And compared to his rivals, he is. It’s all relative, but that observation isn’t particularly comforting.

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