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.