Yesterday Circle of Blue reported on the catastrophic state of clean energy development in the midwest, with a focus on Ohio.
Ohio is the poster child for how fracking can ruin a clean energy economy. Just two years ago, Ohio renewables were booming, with 106 companies working in the sector, employing thousands on thousands of people. Now, many of those companies have had to lay off workers, as investment money from energy producers has shifted to supporting fracking.
Supported by loopholes, subsidies and aggressive political donations to ease their entry into the market, the fracking industry has crowded out clean energy and turned Ohio into a sacrifice zone to support our fossil fuel addiction. Now Ohio is under threat from thousands of dangerous fracking wells, and hundreds more wastewater injection wells like the one that triggered the New Year’s Eve earthquake in Youngstown.