Jesus Christ, on a cracker, I just thought it was a bad optic to have an oil and gas industry executive to head ODNR.  But according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, it’s why Kasich is appointing Mustine:

"He’s a businessman. He understands the various issues on developing resources and being able to think outside of the box," Kasich said.

Kasich indicated that he’s open to the idea of drilling for oil and gas under state parkland – an idea that has been kicked around by Republican lawmakers in the last few legislative cycles but never fully adopted.

"We need to scour Ohio for natural resource opportunities we haven’t thought about that we need to be thinking about," Kasich said.

Anyone remember hearing THIS during the campaign?  Wasn’t this the same John Kasich who said he opposed the construction of off-shore wind farms on Lake Erie because he (incorrectly) thought it might hurt the non-endangered fish there?

Kasich only signaled some hesitation to the concept of drilling Lake Erie, something else Republicans have been pushing to do some time (to overturn an executive order protecting Lake Erie issued by Governor Taft.)  Before the election, when letters from then-State Rep. John Kasich surfaced from the 1970s showing Kasich supported drilling in Lake Erie, the Kasich campaign said that Kasich supported the federal ban on drilling and would fight efforts to drill in Lake Erie as governor.

It’s a simple question: will Kasich veto the legislation passed by his Republican brethren to start drilling Lake Erie?  We all know the Republicans who support ending the ban have the votes to pass legislation unimpeded save a veto.

Kasich promised during the election an executive order to protect Lake Erie from drilling.  Period. 

Today, he said:

However, the governor-to-be sounded a lot more cautious when asked about possible oil and gas drilling in Lake Erie, where drilling currently occurs only on the Canadian side of the lake.

"When it comes to Lake Erie, we are going to be extremely careful," he said. "We don’t want to do anything to disrupt that crown jewel for our state."

That’s not exactly the same thing.  It sounds much weaker.  Looks like Kasich’s true colors are starting to show. 

Holy frack!

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  • Where is the Green Party when you need them?

    Spisak is gonna wish he spent more time bashing Kasich rather than Strickland by the time John is done with us.

  • Xx

    Spisak is a dick. He makes the Green Party look like fools.

  • Is Kasich making some of these decisions on his own yet, or is he still consulting with 10 year olds like he did with the calamity day thing?

  • Dennis Spisak

    Eric, I thought our campaign what not important, and just a blip on the radar screen, now I am to blame for Ted losing in Novemer?

    Typical weak Democratic posting.

    I am and have been opposed to fracking, considering it will be done in my part of the Buckeye State. Fracking is dangerous to our environment.
    The Green Party of Ohio will be there to fight Kasich on this and every dangerous environmental issue.

  • Dennis Spisak


    You are a little dick…

    The Green Party has grown with our campaign…..

    The Green Party is now the voice of the left in Ohio….the left who

    Ted Strickland abandoned over the last four years….a left voice Ted only found in the last weeks of the campaign…which helped Ted close the gap at the end….

  • Anonymous

    You just earned +1 in snark experience points…..
    Well played.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody was suggesting you were responsible for Ted losing. You weren’t even a spoiler.

    But it’s just funny that you cared more about weighing in on some slight you think Joe made about school boards, that you were were totally ignoring the other story of the day.

  • Anonymous

    What?!? “A left voice Ted found in the last weeks of the campaign”???

    What progressive ideas did Ted embrace only in the final weeks of the campaign?

    You were the one who ridiculed his defense of an alternative energy portfolio. You were the one who dismissed Strickland for being responsible for countless solar farms and wind farms. You were the one that claimed there was no difference between Strickland and Kasich on green energy as Kasich publicly spoke against constructing a wind farm off Lake Erie.

    Strickland didn’t take a left turn in the final weeks of the campaign. He was already there.

    What ARE you talking about?

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