Letter: Ohio is national role model in reducing emissions

October 4, 2019

Columbus Dispatch. As city officials develop a climate-change plan that will examine ways to lower emissions, we need to appreciate a major news item that has not received enough attention: Ohio is a national standout in emission reductions and environmental stewardship.

The numbers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency and Energy Information Administration:

• From 1990 to 2017, Ohio’s emissions of key pollutants decreased by as much as 94%.

• Carbon dioxide decreased by 16% from 1990 to 2016.

• From 2005-2015, Ohio’s carbon emissions dropped by 38%, making it the nation’s carbon-reducing leader.

• And during this time, Ohio reduced its carbon pollution by 50 million metric tons, far more than any other state.

Ohio’s experience is especially noteworthy in light of the state’s economic boom and surging energy demand. The state’s GDP all but doubled while our population rose and vehicle traffic increased. Ohio has produced more oil and natural gas during that time — showing that good energy and environmental stewardship can go hand-in-hand.

How? We’re modernizing our transportation infrastructure and supporting new energy technologies while developing a balanced energy portfolio — oil and natural gas with renewable energy sources.

Cleaner air better protects our families, our state’s wildlife and natural assets and our farms that provide 1 in 8 jobs and more than $124 billion in annual investment.

Ohio is a living example that it’s possible to protect the environment and grow our economy — together.

By: Chris Ventura, Executive Director, Consumer Energy Alliance, Columbus

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