Energy efficiency will make Ohio stronger
Posted September 10, 2013 in Press Releases
Download statement This statement was delivered at a press conference announcing the release of a report by Environment Ohio, "America's Dirtiest Power Plants: Their Oversized Contribution to Global Warming and What We Can Do About It."
Despite their enormous contribution to global warming, power plants around the country do not face any federal limits on carbon dioxide pollution. To protect our health, our safety and our environment from the worst impacts of global warming, the United States should clean up the dirtiest power plants. States, like Ohio, have a role to play too.
Ohio’s electric power sector produces nearly half of the state’s carbon emissions, well above the national average. Ohio’s electric power industry is the second largest polluter of carbon emissions in the nation, and the largest contributor of sulfur dioxide.
Inefficiency causes these high emission levels. Nearly 70 percent of all energy used by Ohio’s electric power industry is lost during generation and transmission