More than 220,00 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles are on America’s roads today, delivering real benefits for our health and our environment, according to a new report released today by Environment Ohio. In just the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent.
The “Wasting Our Waterways” report shows that industrial facilities dumped millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s waterways. In response, the Environmental Protection Agency is considering a new rule to restore Clean Water Act protections to thousands of waterways across the nation.
Across the country, fracking is contaminating drinking water, making nearby families sick with air pollution, and turning forest acres into industrial zones. We believe it is vital for the public to hear directly from people living on the frontlines of fracking, and so Environment America Research & Policy Center is supporting the Shalefield Stories project—a booklet designed and published by local activists where people impacted by fracking tell their stories, in their own words.
Burning fossil fuels to generate electricity pol- lutes our air, contributes to global warming, and consumes vast amounts of water—harm- ing our rivers and lakes and leaving less water for other uses. In contrast, wind energy produces no air pollution, makes no contribution to global warming, and uses no water.
Ohio’s Clean Energy Law is working – spurring wind and solar projects across the state and big investments in energy efficiency. The Clean Energy Law – Senate Bill 221 – was passed in 2008 and sets requirements for energy efficiency and renewable energy for each of the state’s four investor-owned utilities (IOUs). Ohioans across the state are benefiting from programs driven by the Clean Energy Law, which are reducing pollution, cutting our dependence on coal and gas, creating jobs, and saving money.
For the first time since the Clean Energy Law came into effect, FirstEnergy, Duke Energy, Dayton Power & Light (DP&L), and American Electric Power (AEP) all met the law’s energy efficiency, peak demand reduction and renewable energy requirements in 2012, delivering on the promise of clean energy for Ohio.
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