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Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit

Warning that tens of thousands of jobs are at stake, governors in wind energy states Tuesday called on Congress to renew an expiring tax break.

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Incentives needed for creating clean energy

To the Editor:

 

The News Journal's recent article "Solar moving slowly in Ohio" did a great job of highlighting why clean energy is an important part of what's powering Ohio, providing pollution-free energy that keeps our economy going and our air clean, while creating thousands of jobs in clean energy production and manufacturing right here in our state.

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Second Lake Erie beach has toxic algae

Summer-like weather might be behind us, but toxic, blue-green algae are still sticking around...

Blue-green algae, also called cyanobacteria, are common in most Ohio lakes and streams but grow thick in water polluted with phosphorus from fertilizers, manure and sewage. 

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Renew wind tax credit

Wind farms can generate enough electricity to power 250,000 homes. On average, they support more than 1,000 jobs, most of them permanent. Each site adds millions of dollars to the economy.

These figures, which come from the Natural Resources Defense Council, should not become the basis for Ohio's energy decisions. But they strengthen the argument for a four-year extension by Congress of the federal production tax credit for wind power that is set to expire at the end of this year.

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Bad buckeye air

A recent study that ranks Ohio second among the states in the amount of mercury and other airborne toxic substances generated by coal-fired power plants is, sadly, no surprise. But the reality is not something to shrug off either.

If Ohio is to make the transition to a cleaner economy, the private sector will need more incentives. That includes strong enforcement of the state law that requires utilities to embrace more-renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar power.

It also requires support of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that aims to curb mercury and other toxic releases. Such initiatives help improve Great Lakes water quality and the region's public health.

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