Energy & Environment

Trump EPA chief to Congress: Cut my funding

BY: - March 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants Congress to deeply cut funding for his own agency in the next fiscal year. The Trump administration this month asked Congress to slash the EPA’s annual budget by about $2.4 billion for fiscal 2021— that’s a 26% cut from the funding the agency received […]

Man fishing on Cuyahoga River with Cleveland in background

Critics slam Trump attempt to overhaul bedrock environmental law

BY: - February 28, 2020

WASHINGTON — Concerned citizens and environmental activists from around the country traveled to the nation’s capital on Tuesday to blast the Trump administration’s plans to overhaul one of the nation’s bedrock environmental policy laws at a rare public hearing with administration officials. President Donald Trump last month unveiled a massive rewrite of the regulations associated […]

Wrongful convictions, Lake Erie erosion, and unpaid state loans

BY: - February 26, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Unjust justice. Columbus Dispatch’s Randy Ludlow is reporting, “Can Ohio end wrongful convictions that sent 83 […]

Kasich to join Kerry, Schwarzenegger at climate change town hall

BY: - February 24, 2020

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich will join two other well-known figures at an upcoming town hall discussion on the topic of climate change. Kasich will be joined Sunday, March 8 by John Kerry, the former Secretary of State and senator from Massachusetts, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former governor of California. Schwarzenegger is already in Central […]

Ohio’s foster care crisis, Lake Erie water quality, and the statute of limitations for rape

BY: - February 20, 2020

History Thursday Y’all already know that I’m a history nut, but I also love baseball. Today we combine the two. The next two weeks we’ll be running History Thursday commentary for Black History Month. This week, Rob Ruck covers the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues and what it meant to Black America. Foster care crisis. Talia […]

Funding for public defenders, punishing docs for treating trans kids, energy infrastructure and a cracker plant

BY: - February 12, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Public defenders. The Akron Beacon Journal’s Stephanie Warsmith is reporting, “Increased state funding addresses strain on […]

Ohio House members propose bill to address toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water

BY: - February 10, 2020

Two Ohio House Democrats have introduced legislation that would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. State Reps. Allison Russo, D- Upper Arlington, and Mary Lightbody, D-Westerville, last week announced the introduction of The Safe Drinking Water Act. The bill […]

The Iowa caucus, block-granting Medicaid, clean water, and the economy

BY: - February 3, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: So it begins We are barreling toward the first 2020 caucus. Here’s the latest […]

Utility’s corporate secretary among finalists for PUCO regulator spot

BY: - January 31, 2020

The leading candidates for an influential public utilities commissioner spot appear to be an incumbent who once worked for a utility company and a challenger who does right now.  Two others under consideration include a renewable energy project consultant who believes he is a “token Democrat” finalist, and a government finance manager whose application concedes […]

Climate takes center stage in massive federal infrastructure plan

BY: and - January 31, 2020

WASHINGTON  — U.S. House Democrats this week unveiled plans to spend $760 billion over five years on infrastructure upgrades throughout the country.  A central theme throughout their plan: combating climate change.  The framework unveiled by Democrats on Wednesday prioritizes slashing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector while also boosting resiliency in the face of […]

Bill to crack down on ‘critical infrastructure’ protesters advanced by House committee

BY: - January 29, 2020

Through a gauntlet of protesters the members of the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee walked, hearing pleas, rebukes and near the line’s end one more question. “Why? Why vote for this?” They exited the hearing room with a majority having voted to send Senate Bill 33 to a full House vote. Dozens of protesters were […]

Sherrod Brown pushes for action on bill that would tackle toxic chemicals in drinking water

BY: - January 29, 2020

Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is calling for U.S. Senate action on House-passed legislation that would would crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. Brown’s call follows reports last week of PFAS chemicals found in Ohioans’ drinking water. “Ohio parents should not have […]