API Ohio: Reject nuclear subsidies and stop misleading Ohioans
COLUMBUS, Ohio – April 25, 2017 – API Ohio Executive Director Chris Zeigler urged members of the Ohio legislature to reject legislation that would subsidize nuclear power companies, and called on corporate supporters of the legislation to stop misleading Ohio consumers with false information on the economic and environmental consequences of shuttering nuclear power plants in the state. Zeigler’s comments come as the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee hears testimony on the bill (H.B. 178) on Tuesday.
“Abundant natural gas has provided Ohio consumers with reliable and affordable energy and created countless jobs throughout the state without government subsidies,” said Zeigler. “Instead of subsidizing nuclear power companies, we should let the markets work to protect consumers. Contrary to the false information being spread by corporate supporters of this bill, Ohio is experiencing cleaner air thanks to greater use of clean-burning natural gas, and according to a recent study, the loss of Perry and Davis-Besse won’t halt that progress. Moving forward, Ohio state legislators should protect Ohioans by rejecting this misguided legislation.”
API’s study on “The Effects of Shutdown of Two Ohio Nuclear Power Plants on Ozone Concentrations using Available Information” was conducted by Ramboll Environ and is available on the API website.
API Ohio is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.