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‘Green’ push a burden on utility bills

August 15, 2013

Millions of Ohioans are being ripped off on their electricity bills — but not necessarily by utility companies. Blame the ‘‘green’’ community and a politically correct state government for the cost....

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Aug-16-13 3:52 PM

No no no. This editorial is flat out wrong. First of all this legislation was passed UNANIMOUSLY by the Ohio General Assembly, controlled by the very party that is daily praised by this paper. Second the law that was passed RC 4928.64 specifically prohibits any extra cost from "renewables" from being passed on to consumers. And finally an electric company need not comply with a benchmark to the extent that its reasonably expected cost of that compliance exceeds its reasonably expected cost of otherwise producing or acquiring the requisite electricity by three per cent or more. In short, the Tribune has ignored the facts again to create a strawman--meaning the "evil environmentalists". For shame!!! The fact is that First Energy screwed up royally!!!

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Aug-15-13 4:38 PM

It's funny reading posts by the bots.

No doubt they're posting from the shade of their windmills (or jousting them) on their unicorn rainbow farm.

Guess when you have no money, you can't really put it where your mouth is.

But, Josephine...



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Aug-15-13 1:10 PM

"But think about it: Judging solely by the alleged overcharges by FirstEnergy, the price tag for the renewables mandate must be gigantic."

"Politically correct state government?"

Why not "medically correct?"

The anti-green wrings its hands over the "cost" of renewables, but the cost of mining and burning fossil fuels is pretty much ignored.

Who considers the heavy price we pay in cases of asthma, emphysema, and lung cancer, as well as the increase in greenhouse gasses, and the befouling of topsoil and ground water, all of which are directly linked to the fossil-fuel energy industry?

The "greenies" are trying to stop the slow choking to death of this planet -- if the editorial board of this so-called "newspaper" had any brains, they'd join in the movement to eliminate the burning of fossil fuels.

But "if" is a big word.

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Aug-15-13 9:20 AM

We need to stop this insanity of governments imposing increasing energy costs on citizens, businesses, and industry while the rest of the world opens new coal fired electric plants each and every day.

Require clean coal technology, absolutely!

Require use of unproven, inefficient substitute technologies before they are fully developed just to satisfy a vocal constituency, absolutely not!

The rest of the world is eating our lunch and laughing at us while we can no longer afford energy to comfort our homes or operate our factories.

So much for supporting the middle class.

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Aug-15-13 7:21 AM

First Energy knowingly cheats it's customers out of $43 million dollars in utility over payments, and the Trib editors blame the Green People? Again we see the Trib's connection to Big Business and it's failure to be on the side and push for PUCO protection of the consumer.

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