Picking Losers: Ohio Energy Bill is a Dumpster Fire | Climate Denial Crock of the Week
With FirstEnergy backing a dozen of his preferred candidates with $153,000 in the 2018 primary to bolster his ultimate success in winning the House rostrum, Speaker Larry Householder, R-Glenford, led the charge in support of House Bill 6.There’s nothing wayward about it — the donations are legal and disclosed — but you can safely say FirstEnergy Corp. realized a good return on its investment in Ohio politicians.
The Akron-based utility and its employees gave nearly $1 million to legislators, other officeholders, candidates and political parties prior to winning narrow passage of the bill granting FirstEnergy Solutions around $1 billion over seven years to underwrite the pair of Lake Erie nuclear power plants it threatened to close.
“While it’s unfortunately typical for investor-owned utilities to spend money to influence politicians, the amount of money that FirstEnergy Solutions, AEP and allied dark-money groups spent to buy support from legislators for their coal and nuclear bailout has been astronomical,” said David Pomerantz, executive director of the Energy and Policy Institute.
When bribes coming from huge, toxic corporations and billionaires is ‘legal’ only corruption and fascism is the end result. The data and evidence is in the failure of democracy, and the rise of fascism via propping up failed toxic dinosaurs, rather then shifting with the times and supporting clean, green, renewable energy, which creates many more jobs than either coal or nuclear ever can.