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.

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"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.

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

Environmental Economics

From the front page of the Columbus Dispatch : As President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday easing environmental regulations, he said to coal miners standing nearby: "You know what it says, right? 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 " Brent is a colleague here at Ohio State.

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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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Power Plant in Ohio to Retire, Not Refuel With Natural Gas

Sierra Club Compass

On the heels of President Obama’s climate action speech, coal-fired power plants will soon be retired, mitigating what’s been a persistent risk to human health and the environment.   Muskingum River Plant, Waterford, OH (Photo: Google Maps ).

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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.”

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Fracking Wastewater Threatens to Drown Ohio | Mother Jones

Mother Jones

Fracking Wastewater Threatens to Drown Ohio. " And while most of that fracking is taking place in Pennsylvania right now, Ohio is taking a huge portion of the wastewater. Citizens in Mansfield, Ohio, voted last year to block injection wells in their town , however.

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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

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An assault on the academy!*

Environmental Economics

Ohio Governor John] Kasich said the [next biennium] budget contains "massive reforms" in primary and secondary education.And college professors are going to be asked to teach an additional course every other year.

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Ironic quote of the day

Environmental Economics

“Most farmers appreciate the president’s comments that unnecessary regulations aren’t helpful,” [said Joe Cornely, a spokesman for the Ohio Farm Bureau]. via www.dispatch.com. Biting my tongue

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New Report: Look Before the LNG Leap - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

The natural gas fracking boom is causing major environmental challenges across the country – including poisoned water in Pennsylvania, polluted air in Wyoming, earthquakes in Ohio, and profound changes to forests and farming landscapes all across the country.  Compass.

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Least Surprising Story of the Day

Environmental Economics

Ohio and other states that rely heavily on coal for electricity will have to make major changes in how they power their homes and businesses over the next 15 years under President Barack Obama’s unprecedented plan to drastically curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Coal-industry leaders and Ohio officials said they plan to sue to prevent the rules from taking effect.

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Follow the bouncing ball of ethanol policy

Environmental Economics

POET has reduced production at half of its biorefineries, with the largest drops taking place in Iowa and Ohio.   “POET made strategic decisions to support President Trump’s goal of boosting the farm economy. I'm just going to leave this here. I have no idea where to start.

Least Surprising Story of the Day

Environmental Economics

Ohio and other states that rely heavily on coal for electricity will have to make major changes in how they power their homes and businesses over the next 15 years under President Barack Obama’s unprecedented plan to drastically curb greenhouse-gas emissions. Coal-industry leaders and Ohio officials said they plan to sue to prevent the rules from taking effect.

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Ooh, Ooh, Ooh! Can I be King? Pleeeeeaaaaase!?

Environmental Economics

 Now things are really getting fun : In an extraordinary speech the EU Commission president said he would push for Ohio and Texas to split from the rest of America if the Republican president does not change his tune and become more supportive of the EU. 

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Because schools in Kentucky suck.

Environmental Economics

Ohio State's president told a university committee in December that Notre Dame wasn't invited to join the Big Ten because they're not good partners, and joked that Catholics can't be trusted. He said Big Ten presidents would never agree to admit Louisville or Kentucky.

High schoolers interested in sustainability?

Environmental Economics

  And just to show you TOSU's commitment to sustainability: Ohio State on Sunday (9/30) announced it has signed a letter of intent with Iberdrola Renewables to purchase 50 megawatts (MW) of wind energy capacity from the Blue Creek Wind Farm, located in Van Wert and Paulding counties in Ohio. If anyone knows of outstanding high school students who are looking.

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And yet for others, it's a convenient cover to get out of teaching

Environmental Economics

Johnson, president of the Inter-University Council of Ohio. "For Professors were relieved when legislators dropped a proposal that would have required some of them to spend more time teaching. "There's "There's a big misunderstanding that professors are like high-school teachers and just teach," said Bruce E. "For some, research is their greatest calling." " via www.dispatch.com.

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Clash of the Titans

Environmental Economics

That seems to be the thinking among a growing number of Columbus’ business and social titans as they consider who would be a good replacement for retired Ohio State University President E. Many say she might be just the kind of out-of-the-box leader that Ohio State needs. I will be getting a new boss sometime in the next year or so.here's a rumor: If you’re going to dream, you might as well dream big.

No wonder I got the f@$% out of North Carolina

Environmental Economics

What the @#$%, Ohio? Ohio won! I was surprised by the results,” said John Busby, senior vice president of the Marchex Institute. He’s a transplanted Midwesterner whose siblings attended Ohio colleges. He expected potty mouths to come from the East Coast, but those $#@%s were no match for Ohio’s tongues of fury. You swear more than Illinois? More than New Jersey?  More than New freakin’ York?!

Boom, but will there be a bust?

Environmental Economics

BP said this morning it is taking steps to lease 84,000 acres in northeastern Ohio for oil and natural gas production, the latest big energy company to invest in the Utica shale. We see this as a great opportunity for BP and a great opportunity for the state,” said Tim Harrington, regional president for BP’s gas operations, in a conference call with Ohio reporters.

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I'm considering retirement

Environmental Economics

Former Ohio State University president Gordon Gee, who retired under a cloud after remarks jabbing Roman Catholics and Southeastern Conference schools, will receive a $5.8

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What is so wrong about the consumer paying the true cost of grain, coal and oil?

Environmental Economics

barges, with their cargoes of grain, coal and oil, to navigate the uneven waters of the Mississippi, Kentucky [1] and Ohio Rivers. President Obama has asked Congress for billions of dollars for infrastructure improvements, and last year, he signed a $12.3 But the president has also called for cuts in the United States Army Corps of Engineers budget, which includes money for repairs of locks and dams. the coal region) north to the Ohio River.

Under cover of Christmas, Obama establishes US Anti-Propaganda Agency

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Under cover of the Christmas celebrations outgoing US President Obama has written the US' Anti-Propaganda Agency, in other words the American Ministry of Truth, into law.

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Trump Signs Executive Orders And Scott Pruitt Stacks EPA With Climate Change Skeptics

10,000 Birds

The image above is the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland Ohio. For those of you who may have forgotten, or some who never knew, we once had rivers in the United States that would catch fire because they were so polluted. The Cuyahoga River caught fire thirteen times between 1868 and 1969.

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Ummm, I'm not sure I have a preservation value for that particular building

Environmental Economics

Ohio University [not to be confused with THE Ohio State University] has angered local preservationists [both of them?]   By that logic, President Obama was elected shortly after World War II.]. [commentary added for your enjoyment--or not].

If you want to use our product, don't use our product

Environmental Economics

Columbia Gas of Ohio is asking customers to reduce natural gas use over the next few days to help prevent the unlikely possibility of a gas shortage in the utility’s system during a period of expected frigid weather.

Fun college story of the day

Environmental Economics

Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee shared in a classic college experience this week: His car was towed. Gee had been playing darts on Tuesday with an OSU senior and her friends who had invited him to Mamas Pasta & Brew, east of N. High Street near 15th Avenue, when he went to get his car from a nearby university lot just before 8:30 p.m. It was gone. “I I didn’t have my special sticker,” Gee explained yesterday. “It It was silly really, but it all worked out.”.

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When was the last time the Senate voted 91-5 on anything of substance?

Environmental Economics

Were four Senators already out there campaigning for President?  The amendment, offered by a Republican, Rob Portman of Ohio, and a Democrat, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, is backed by President Obama and has broad support among members of both parties in Congress.

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Are you willing to pay $7 per month to reduce pollution related deaths and asthma incidence?

Environmental Economics

The costs of complying with the new rules would hit Ohio customers in their monthly bills, with electricity costs rising by 10 percent to 15 percent over the next few years, in addition to other rate increases that would happen anyway, said Nick Akins, AEP president. AEP's arguments ring hollow to observers such as Nolan Moser, an attorney and director of energy programs for the Ohio Environmental Council.

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Eighty-percent of environmental economists surveyed think cutting EPA regulations will not benefit the U.S. economy

Environmental Economics

 Here are few highlights from the survey in light of President Trump's budget, keeping mind that the survey was conducted before the thought of a Trump presidency was even a twinkle in the eye, and some of my thoughts on the results.  If a good-hearted electricity producer in Ohio decided to voluntarily absorb the costs of pollution, the Ohio electricty-producer's costs of production will go up.

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Trump’s Tariff on Solar Panels Could Drastically Set Back Renewable Energy Initiatives


In January, President Trump decided to place. The tariffs have contributed to the creation of approximately 700 jobs thus far in manufacturing facilities in Ohio and Florida [2]. companies, have said they plan to increase production in Oregon and Ohio.

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Images of Peace Against the Backdrop of War: Commemorating the Kent State University shootings.

Elephant Journal

Mahatma Gandhi On a quiet afternoon, in a small Ohio university campus, students gathered upon a grassy knoll to protest President Nixon’s expansion of the Vietnam War into Cambodia. “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” ?

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Wither coal (despite all attempts to the contrary)? What's next?

Environmental Economics

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Ooooohhhh.land prices, natural gas and intrigue (and snark)

Environmental Economics

In emails between Chesapeake — which is involved in Ohio’s Utica-shale ventures — and Encana Corp., The Chesapeake vice president responded that he had contacted Encana “to discuss how they want to handle the entities we are both working to avoid us bidding each other up in the interim.” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is looking into allegations of fraud by Chesapeake that might have led to investment losses for Ohio pension funds.

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Whodathunk it? If you remove subsidies, prices go up.

Environmental Economics

  Ohio residents want their piece of the pie too! Like Ohio State Buckeye Football season tickets!  The Scioto (pronounced Sigh-OH-ta) River is best described as a murky stream of brownish muck--sometimes a torrent after a lot of rain, or snow melt, that meanders through central Ohio, eventually merging with the Olentangy (pronounced OH-lin-tan-jee) River in downtown Columbus.  But I could've used that extra money to play the Ohio lottery.

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"Why Dropping the Paris Agreement May not Matter Anyways."

Environmental Economics

  Whatever the President prefers, Americans have chosen higher gas mileage, fewer smokestacks, and fewer carbon emissions.

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5 Questions with The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Tercek

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sustainable Cleveland Summit. The Cuyahoga river near Welshfield, Ohio. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune.

Recovery from WV Coal Chemical Spill Continues - What Next?

Sierra Club Compass

If you want to make a donation to help support the volunteer water distribution efforts still under way, you can donate to the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition , and make a note that your gift is for the WV water crisis.

When the negative externality is lost jobs (and churches), higher taxes are ok?

Environmental Economics

I'm using "higher taxes" loosely here, but in the same way that anti-regulatory folks call any price increase a higher tax: American Electric Power, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, is proposing a $1 billion retrofit to allow the plant to continue burning coal and has asked Kentucky regulators to approve a 30 percent increase in electricity rates to pay for the work.

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Is "the key role of conservatives in taxing carbon" irony?

Environmental Economics

  He also vowed to veto any increase in the fuel levy if he is elected president. Rubio is the second GOP presidential candidate to endorse the proposal to roll back federal gas taxes, joining Ohio Gov. I see the logic in the case of transportation funding, but shudder at the thought, of more decisions being made at the state level. But, the environmental effects (in terms of efficiency) of lowering the federal gas tax, when it should be higher, are negative : Sen.

It's Past Time to Confirm EPA Chief Nominee Gina McCarthy

Sierra Club Compass

For more than three months, Gina McCarthy, President Obama''s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, has been stuck in limbo due to procedural stalling tactics in the Senate. Arizona: Ohio: Lack of progress in the Senate is nothing new. Patience is wearing thin.

Oregon’s Chance to Fix the Electoral College

Sightline Daily

When the Founding Fathers conceived of the Electoral College as “ a small number” of “men most capable of analyzing” the “complicated” question of who should be president, there were fewer eligible voters in the whole country than there are now in just the city of Portland (there were only 2.5

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