Foreclosures during the Great Recession added to thousands of blighted properties in Columbus. But, a state program helped fund demolition of many of those houses and apartment units.
Columbus City Council on Monday looks to take the final step in approving the city’s first natural gas fueling station. As WOSU’s Steve Brown reports, the station is part of Mayor Michael Coleman’s “Green Fleet Action Plan.”
Ohio’s two U-S senators split their votes on a proposed measure to limit the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency. Republican George Voinovich voted in favor of a resolution to prevent the federal agency from imposing greenhouse gas rules on states without congressional approval. Democrat Sherrod Brown voted to keep the EPA’s authority in tact.
There’s good news and bad news for customers of Columbia Gas of Ohio…and their monthly fuel bills.
You may not have noticed but your natural gas bill has changed. Natural Gas distributors in Ohio next month will complete the phase in of a fee change. WOSU reports it’s people who don’t use much natural gas who are paying the price.
Coal power plants produce close to 90% of Ohio’s electricity but they’re also the primary source of greenhouse gases. For this reason scientists at Ohio State and other places are looking for ways to keep burning coal without emitting carbon dioxide. WOSU’s David Lukofsky reports on the controversial “clean coal” technology.
Senator Sherrod Brown wants to encourage the nation to use a clean energy program being used here in Central Ohio. The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, or SWACO, is converting the methane from its landfills into natural gas fuel for some city vehicles. WOSU’s Sadie Taylor reports.
The U.S. Department of transportation says people have really cut back on driving due to high gas prices – and that’s hacking into federal and state funds to repair roads. At least one area employer is helping its worker be among the millions of Americans driving less. WOSU found a company in Hilliard that adjusted its workers’ hours to help them save on gas.
A federal study shows that high gasoline prices are prompting Americans to drive a little less. That’s also happening in Ohio.
High gasoline prices have become a major theme in the race for Ohio’s 15th Congressional district. Franklin County Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy,(D) and State Senator Steve Stivers,(R) have both developed their own energy plans.
As gas prices continue to hover around $4 a gallon, the Republican candidate for the 15th congressional district seat, Steve Stivers, said he has a plan that will make the U.S. more self-sufficient and safer.