CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator says that federal clean energy standards handed down earlier this week provide an opportunity for the Buckeye State to fully embrace the positive impacts of the Utica Shale boom in southeastern Ohio.
Sen. Sherrod Brown told AVC News on Thursday that he is working to ensure that the mandate by the Environmental Protection Agency gives states the flexibility to come up with a clean-energy plan that best suits their individual needs. Brown said he feels that a region long-supported by coal has a chance to make a mark across the state and the nation by supporting a burgeoning natural gas industry.
Brown said its now up to state legislators to create an energy plan that can conform to the new standards, support a variety of energy options, and boost employment in the Buckeye State:
The U.S. EPA announced on Monday the rule that aims to to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants 30 percent by 2030. Ohio generates nearly 70 percent of its energy from coal-fired plants, which would be hit hardest by the Obama administration‚Äôs proposal.