Quid pro Status Quo: ALEC & State-Sanctioned Corruption in Ohio.

PR Watch

Quid pro Status Quo: ALEC & State-Sanctioned Corruption in Ohio. At about ten oclock on the morning of March 23, 2011, Faith Williams walked into the office of Ohio House Majority Whip John Adams (R-District 78). Adams is Ohios ALEC public sector chair.

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Defending Clean Energy in Ohio and Beyond

Sierra Club Compass

One of the most pitched battles is taking place right now in Ohio. Ohio clean energy advocates are currently fighting a push to destroy the state''s energy efficiency and clean energy standards.

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Come study sustainability at THE Ohio State University

Environmental Economics

Blatant self-promotion alert: New undergraduate major in sustainability at Ohio State. Students who have a passion for sustainability can put their passion into practice by enrolling in Ohio State’s new major called Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) ( [link] ). 

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Celebs, PETA React to Ohio Animal Massacre


By now, you’ve heard about Terry Thompson, the man in Ohio who released the more than 50 exotic animals (including lions, tigers, bears, wolves and monkeys) on his property before committing suicide. It’s a tragic story all around, as 49 animals ended up dead, and Thompson’s widow is now working with police to bury their [.]. Animals Causes News carrie ann inaba george takei jack hanna joel mchale samantha ronson slash

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2.4 magnitude earthquake near Boone, North Carolina, United States and Columbus, Ohio, United States : August 24, 2014 23:16

Environmental Economics

Natural hazards: UTC time: Sunday, August 24, 2014 23:16 PM. Your time: Sunday, August 24 2014 7:16 PM. No tsunami statement issued. Magnitude Type: md. USGS page: M 2.4 - 4km NE of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist. Reports from the public: 17 people. via earthquaketrack.com. No one in my family believed me

Lions, Tigers, Bears (Oh My) Loose in Ohio

Wend Magazine

Police in Zanesville, Ohio are on the lookout for dozens of exotic animals—including bears, tigers, cheetahs, lions and wolves—after a mysterious escape from the Muskingum County Animal Farm. This has absolutely nothing to do with anything, but it had to be blogged.

Frackgate: Ohio Governor's Campaign to Frack Parks

Sierra Club Compass

Ohio governor John Kasich finds himself embroiled in a growing scandal that some are calling "Frackgate" because of a PR-plan co-written by his administration and the oil industry to "proactively open state park and forest land" to fracking.

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Environmental Economics: Poking holes in Ohio State Parks

Environmental Economics

Thats kind of weird.* | Main | Hazardous tree removals » March 03, 2011 Poking holes in Ohio State Parks House Republicans introduced a bill this week that would allow oil and gas companies to drill instate parks and other state-owned properties.

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Graphic of the Day: Everyone should take after Ohio State

Environmental Economics

Source: 2015 Ohio Higher Education Report

Going to Ohio for the Midwest Birding Symposium. Wait, Ohio?

10,000 Birds

By the time you read this post I will still be in New York but I’ll be looking forward to leaving for the 2011 Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio. But Ohio worries me. PRO – The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio in December of 1886.

Where to eat organic in Cincinnati

Green Traveler Guides

All Cincinnati North America Ohio Restaurants/Cafes The Americas United States Cincinnati organic Greendog Cafe Local 127 Relish Restaurant Group Reuters

Ohio a trendsetter?

Environmental Economics

Ohio is on the cusp of becoming the first state to significantly ease its renewable-energy standards, a milestone that would be noticed in statehouses across the country where similar debates are being waged. But none has had as much success as Ohio’s Senate Bill 310, which has. The Ohio bill would place a two-year freeze on annual increases in standards for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

50 Animals Are Dead After Tragedy in Ohio


Chaos led to tragedy yesterday after the owner of an animal farm opened up the cages and released exotic creatures like tigers, bears and monkeys into the community. The owner of the farm, Terry Thompson, then committed suicide. Residents were told to stay inside and schools closed for the day while the police searched for [.]. Animals News

"Ohio State’s jersey 'coincidence'”

Environmental Economics

Jay Bilas , long-time critic of the practice, tweeted out a link to a story Tuesday from The Lantern in which Ohio State will sell only jerseys with two numbers this season. Ohio State said any other inference is just a “coincidence” according to the article. John Clay: In his basketball notebook a couple of weeks back, Jerry Tipton wrote about the issue of schools selling jerseys with numbers that often correlate to the most recognizable players on the team.

Vegan Congressman Dennis Kucinich Loses Ohio Primary


Two-time former Democratic presidential candidate and eight-term congressman Dennis Kucinich lost the Ohio primary election to fellow Democratic Representative Marcy Kaptur. Read More. News Top News dennis kucinich

Update on Ohio's Dam Mess

Environmental Economics

I believe the [Ohio Department of Natural Resources] director is very committed to doing what’s necessary to create a healthier, stronger, better asset than we have today,” he said. “It’s “There aren’t hard-and-fast solutions yet, but from my early conversations with the director, there are really only two options: Drain it and leave a big hole, and that’s not really an option. Or spend hundreds of millions to replace it. I think that’s what will occur.”. State Sen.

Driving Across Ohio to the Midwest Birding Symposium

10,000 Birds

I was somewhere around Pittsburgh on the edge of Ohio when the boredom began to kick in. Here, then, is my journey across Ohio in six pictures. entering Ohio on I-80 driving into the sun on I-80 Turkey Vulture! Trips cars midwest birding symposium Ohio

It's Smog Season in Central Ohio

Environmental Economics

Central Ohio's three-day average during the 2014 season, which starts in April and ends in October, was exactly 75 parts per billion, according to the Ohio EPA. But the Ohio EPA has said that 60 parts per billion is too low. They just want to impose regulations on the good citizens of Ohio")? The American Lung Association wants the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to lower the allowable ozone level to 60 parts per billion.

Clarification of the potential for Ash-holes in Ohio

Environmental Economics

Yesterday I posted an update on the interminable and undeterable march of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer through Ohio.  billion ash trees in Ohio. billion ash trees in Ohio.”.   1% of world trees are Ohio Ash?   USFS says 283 million ash trees in Ohio….   In the related story, it was stated: The emerald ash borer is an invasive species from Asia that destroys vital tissue beneath the bark. State officials estimate there are 3.8

Fracking Wastewater Disposal Induced A Dozen Earthquakes in Ohio


" A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, Ohio oil and gas regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new regulations for drillers".

Quote of the Day: "The fact is places like Ohio were getting dramatically cleaner anyways"

Environmental Economics

The announcement could have mixed effects in Ohio, where cheap natural gas, mechanization and competitive renewable technologies have contributed to an industry-wide move away from coal. "That's That's just economics," said Brent Sohngen, an environmental and resource economist at Ohio State University. "The "The fact is places like Ohio were getting dramatically cleaner anyways. " Brent is a colleague here at Ohio State.

Chrissie Hynde Closes Her Ohio Vegan Restaurant, VegiTerranean


The Akron, Ohio vegan restaurant/bar/coffeehouse/bakery, VegiTerranean, has now officially closed its doors. We covered the story back in 2007 when Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde opened her restaurant. Now, it has sadly closed after four years in business. According to the Washington Post, Hynde posted a note on the restaurant website this weekend saying that while she [.]. Eats Lifestyle News Vegan chrissie hynde

More Ash Holes* Found in Ohio

Environmental Economics

Ohio Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer in Belmont, Crawford, Knox and Madison counties. In June of 2011, the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s emerald ash borer quarantine was officially rescinded because the pest has been found throughout most of the state, including Wayne National Forest. Residents are being urged to use caution when transporting firewood to help protect against the artificial spread of this and other insect pests.

Discount Code to the Jovial Ohio Renaissance Festival

Hug a Tree with Me

I am super excited about the chance to attend the Ohio Renaissance Festival with my family next week. If you are lucky enough to live near the Ohio area you can take your entire family out to this unique fair. There is something so jovial about the renaissance period – the old timey crafts, costumed entertainers, yummy festival foods, theatrical acts, jousting tournaments and everything else in between just screams a great family time.

In one day, Ohio is already halfway to the 30% goal

Environmental Economics

  For Ohio, that means they are already over halfway to the 30% goal While yesterday's Presidential/EPA announcement of 30% reductions in CO2 emission by 2030 sounds like a drastic reduction, the Columbus Dispatch notes that the baseline matters. 

Ohio State Crushes Oregon for National Championship.

Elephant Journal

The Ohio State Buckeyes win the first College Football National Championship in the playoff era with a dominating performance over the Oregon Ducks, 42-20.

Birding Magee Marsh

10,000 Birds

This impressive spectacle is the prime reason that northwestern Ohio is rapidly becoming recognized for some exceptional birding, birding that draws tens of thousands of birders and millions of their dollars to the region. Trips Magee Marsh Midwest Birding Symposium Ohio

Well, I guess next year they should schedule the Iditarod in Ohio

Environmental Economics

The trail this year has been marked by poor conditions because of a lack of snow after a warm winter by Alaska standards. via espn.go.com.

I guess that's one way to get rid of all the Ash holes in Ohio

Environmental Economics

The emerald ash borer has been found for the first time in Geauga and Trumbull counties in northeastern Ohio, the state reported yesterday. 422, officially puts the pests in 55 of Ohio's 88 counties. The bug was first found in Ohio in Toledo in 2003. It has been found in Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Pickaway and Union counties in central Ohio. It's still illegal to move Ohio ash wood to another state. Result: No more Ash borers in Ohio.

Can We Restore Ohio’s Bright Energy Future?

Conservancy Talk

Despite the rapid pace of renewable energy innovation around the globe, Ohio’s energy future dimmed a little this week when a committee created by the state legislature recommended a retreat from progressive policies that made Ohio a green energy leader. Ohio’s Progress with Standards To ensure that our local communities benefited from the mandates, there was a requirement to purchase a portion of the renewable power from Ohio sources. Take a Breath Ohio Gov.

In case you were wondering, I joined the Ohio State faculty in 2000*

Environmental Economics

Ohio State University. I was recently made aware of a 2012 article in Ecological Economics listing the "Most influential institutions in the field of environmental and ecological economics (2000–2009)."  "  Here they are: 1. University of Maryland. Resources for the Future. University of East Anglia. World Bank. National Chung Hsing University. Taiwan. Vrije University Amsterdam. Netherlands. Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Indonesia.

Ohio State is in the Sweet 16 (and no this isn't a sports related post)

Environmental Economics

Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources. This morning Enviance, in partnership with GreenBiz Group and Qualtrics , introduced the “Sustainable 16 ,” the country’s top undergraduate environmental studies programs as determined by an expert panel of judges in the Second Annual Environmental March Madness (#EnviroU) tournament.

Ohio's Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

LA Approves Plan to Buy Solar Power from Moapa River Indian Reservation » Ohios Next Big Decision -- A Clean or Dirty Energy Future? To help get the message out far and wide, the Ohio Sierra Club is launching new billboards that are taking energy efficiency to the street. Compass.

A different kind of ash-hole problem: Does the distribution of costs matter to economists?

Environmental Economics

I've written in the past about the Emerald Ash Borer and the problems they cause in Ohio.    This post is about a different kind of ash, coal-ash, and the problems it causes in Ohio (and other states).  Ohio's coal-ash containment areas are mainly in rural, low-income areas, and most are along the Ohio River.   Coal-ash is a by-product of coals fired electricity production. 

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Survey: Slashing EPA won't improve US economy

Environmental Economics

Markets, left alone, often fail to address environmental issues, and that is not good for the economy or society,” said the survey’s co-author Tim Haab, chair of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University. The department is part of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “It

Appstate is ranked #15 in a national ranking of universities (the "University of Ohio State" is also ranked)

Environmental Economics

Nation’s Parents Release Annual Ranking Of Top 50 ‘Perfectly Good’ State Schools

In case you happen to be in Morogoro, Tanzania next week.

Environmental Economics

Presenter: Dr. Tim Haab, Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio USA.   As Chair of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics at The Ohio State University, Professor Haab oversees a faculty of 21 world-class applied economists IAGRI Workshop Announcement. Introduction to Valuation Methods and Willingness to Pay. Dates: October 12-13, 2016.

GE Visits Ohio For ‘Capture the Wind’ Tour

Wind Power Ninja

Columbus’ Center of Science and Industry got a visit from GE today, who displayed a 131-foot wind turbine blade to show the public and Ohio’s leaders the innovative technologies that are helping to build our clean energy future. The tour’s stop will allow Ohio residents to add their signatures to the wind turbine blade and pledge their support for its message: “I’m helping to build America’s energy future.”

Cleveland Indians Stadium Installs Eco-Friendly Wind Turbine


The Ohio baseball stadium mounts new corkscrew-shaped wind turbine. Read More. Entertainment News Sports Top News

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The Benefits of Trees. ~ Katie Dubow

Elephant Journal

EAB has been spotted in Michigan, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Ontario, Quebec and most recently, Colorado.

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