Tell Your Lawmaker: Reject Nuclear Energy Bailout
A bill has passed the Ohio House that could deal a fatal blow to Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency industry. House Bill 6 would create subsidies for dirty forms of energy like coal and natural gas, increasing unhealthy, climate-changing air pollution over time.
House Bill 6 was introduced in an attempt to prop up two failing nuclear power plants by adding a fee on monthly electric bill to fund subsidies for carbon-free energy sources including nuclear energy. Those nuclear jobs are absolutely worth saving, but HB6 does so while also scrapping Ohio’s groundbreaking renewable energy and efficiency standards which help to advance the development of pollution-free sources of energy.
HB6 is a huge step backward after a decade of investment. In order to protect nuclear jobs, it threatens the more than 112,000 jobs in Ohio’s clean energy and efficiency industries.
This wasn’t the only option lawmakers had. House Democrats offered a compromise plan to keep First Energy's nuclear plants operating while strengthening investments in renewable energy, but House leadership instead stuck with the scorched earth approach.
The next three weeks are critical. With lawmakers set to take a vote, please take a minute to send a letter to your State Senator urging them to oppose House Bill 6 without substantial changes to protect our health, our economy, and our environment.