In the Heartland, the Astro-Turf War on Renewables

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

I’m working on a piece about wind energy, and the trumped up, fossil fuel funded war against it in the Heartland.

Here are some snaps.

A state-wide poll of conservative Ohio voters finds that 85 percent would pay something extra in their monthly bills for power generated by renewable technologies such as wind and solar. Nearly half of those polled said they would be willing to pay between $10 and $20 extra every month for green power. The release of the polling results by the Ohio Conservative Energy Forum comes as state lawmakers begin hearings on legislation mandating renewable energy, minimum property setback rules for wind turbines, as well as new subsidies for old coal and nuclear power plants.

Key points in the survey results include:

    • Conservative voters generally support an “all of the above” position on how electricity is generated, not wanting to limit the newer technologies.

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