For the past few months I've watched representatives talk about passing tougher requirements for "alternative" energy production in Ohio, and I have to wonder: If it's such a good thing, then why do they need a law making us buy it?
Ohio already has a new source of energy that no one has to force anyone to use. But shale oil is not the kind of alternative some people have in mind, so despite all the good it has done for Ohio, there is a movement to stop it.
Ohio just isn't windy enough for the massive wind farms to our west, but the Utica shale development is booming right now, creating nearly 40,000 Ohio jobs and helping control energy costs. It's a shame we don't have more politicians like Sen. Rob Portman who understand the value of shale to the state and won't waste time pushing green pipe dreams.