Fitzgerald plans to reverse Kasich's energy policies
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ed FitzGerald wants to reverse course on energy policies adopted by Gov. John Kasich and increase the state’s focus on green-energy innovation.
The Cuyahoga County executive outlined a six-point plan Wednesday in Columbus, the latest package of policy proposals he’s offered in his run for governor.
FitzGerald wants to undo law changes recently signed by Kasich, a Republican, to temporarily freeze renewable energy and efficiency mandates for two years, pending consideration by a new state study panel, and language included in a mid-biennium budget bill that he said will hurt wind industries.
“Our policies are about as different as can be,” FitzGerald said. Kasich is “taking us in a very negative direction with his renewable energy policy. It’s extremely short-sighted. My plan takes us in the opposite direction.”
FitzGerald said he also would like the state to encourage additional research in advanced energy; work to strengthen the coal, oil and natural gas industries in an “environmentally responsible way;” and target economic development efforts in coal-producing areas of the state.
His proposal doesn’t provide details related to fracking.
When asked by The Vindicator about oil and gas drilling, FitzGerald said he opposes Kasich’s proposed 2.75-percent fracking tax.
Read more about his views in Thursday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.