If “Company A,” the company named in the affidavit, had been a small business, it would have been forced to compete in order to survive. Any ethical business faced with the same problems of aging technology and a polluting end product would have innovated and invested its way out of dirty energy solutions and shifted to cheaper, green solutions like solar and wind. Instead, Company A may have bribed, cheated and stolen from hardworking Ohioans in order to make money for its investors and establish a short-term revenue stream for its successor.
I question the H.B. 6′s practicality as well as ethics. Why should Ohio, which has lost 320,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000, NOT want to become a leader in manufacturing the green energy solutions of the future? Isn’t that what state agencies like JobsOhio are supposed to do—create good, sustainable jobs for Ohioans so we can lead happy, healthy lives and feed our families? The rest of the world is going green and fossil fuel-based energy is being phased out. Yet on top of bad laws like the nuclear energy bailout, the Ohio Power Siting Board recently ruled that Icebreaker Wind on Lake Erie, the first freshwater offshore wind farm in North America, cannot operate at night for much of the year. This decision may effectively kill the project.
Ohioans can vote their anger this fall about pay-to-play statehouse politics and its culture of corruption. What we glimpsed this week is the 21st century version of those old-fashioned politician cartoons we used to laugh at in our high school history books-- greedy, cigar-smoking corporate heads and politicians making back room deals that enrich themselves at the public’s expense. The people of Ohio deserve leaders who are ethical, honest and transparent, leaders who will fight for everyday Ohioans, not industry and self-interests.
H.B.6 should be repealed.
Kathy Wyenandt is running for Ohio state senator in District 4, Butler County. To read about her stances on other important Ohio issues, visit www.kathyforohio.com.