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Sandra Steingraber's call to de-normalize fossil fuels

David Beach  |  04/22/15 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

After helping to win a ban on fracking for natural gas in New York state, activist and writer Sandra Steingraber wants to “de-normalize” our dependence on fossil fuels

Fracking drill site in Carroll County, Ohio<br />What is normal in Ohio has been banned in New York.

Geographies of belief: Mapping what Ohioans say about global warming

David Beach  |  04/08/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Climate

Most Ohioans believe that global warming is happening, and they support programs to develop renewable energy sources and regulate carbon emissions. But they are less sure that global warming is caused by human activities or that it’s something to worry about in the near future.

Climate of opinion in Ohio counties<br />Screenshot of the interactive Yale Climate Opinion Map (environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/), showing a range of opinions on global warming in Ohio counties.

Ohio gets big reassurance to unfreeze renewable, energy efficiency program

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/30/15 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy

While Washington starts to act on climate change—with the Senate voting to give money "to the economic and national security threats posed by human-induced climate change” (bi-partisan support included Senator Rob Portman)—Ohio is still frozen.

<br />Coal-burning Eastlake power plant at the mouth of the Chagrin River.

Cleveland's quasar turns a whole city's waste into energy

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/08/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Clean energy, Recycle

quasar energy group has grown from a novelty—taking waste ice cream from Pierre's at its Collinwood facility—into an operation that converts the entire City of Wooster's wastewater into electricity, natural gas to run vehicles and a business model that will someday challenge the status quo.

<br />Tim Murphy at quasar's French Creek Wastewater Treatment facility<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
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As Ohio backslides, Solarize CLE takes a giant step for renewables

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/11/14 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy

When it comes to renewable energy, Cleveland has had to scrap for opportunities. Last year, the city used the bully pulpit of its “2019” sustainability project and the release of its Climate Action Plan—which calls for an 80% reduction in its carbon emissions from electricity by 2050—when writing an RFP for its municipal aggregation program. The city picked FirstEnergy Solutions...

Solar CLE<br />Ali Ahmed ‏@green4biz Tweeted Sunrise over #CLE and later today my house will be turning it into #solarpower!

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