For all the crap we give the Dispatch, we thought we’d give Darrel Rowland a shout out today for an excellent piece.

Rowland went through a year’s worth of Tweets from Kasich’s PUCO Chief Todd Snitchler and discovered the guy who heads the organization responsible for regulating Ohio’s public utilities appears to be a climate change denier.

This helps explain why Snitchler ignored the findings and advice of the staff at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and killed a large solar project that would have created 600 jobs near Zanesville.

Rowland writes:

The former lawmaker from Uniontown, Ohio, frequently shares material critical of solar, wind and “green” energy, even re-tweeting a story called “Elites of West have cranked up myth of Global Warming” fromPravda, a Communist Party-connected newspaper in Russia, calling it “interesting.”

Among more than 1,000 tweets from the past year, Snitchler did not once share anything positive about renewable energy. Instead, he tweeted about how “clean-energy aid racks up losses” and “the Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost no ice in past 10 years, study shows”; shared the conservative website Drudge Report’s “complete list of green energy failures” and conservative political commentator Laura Ingraham’s “windbag & greeniac update”; and re-tweeted “electric cars pose environmental threat,” “after Sandy no one lined up for wind turbines” and that the “??‘green’ religion is taking over from Christian religion.”

ToddGlobalWarmingWe took a look at his Twitter feed too and it appears Todd is also a fan of right-wing TV and radio personalities, the Drudge Report and Fox news, books by Ayn Rand, Jesus Christ – at least on major Catholic holidays, and John Kasich’s right-hand-man Jai Chabria.

Should we be surprised Kasich is appointing climate change deniers to a position that requires him to determine “whether proposed major wind or solar facilities are in the public interest”?


This is the same guy who a appointed two anti-abortion activists to the state medical board and an anti-public school tea partier to the Board of Education.

As a matter of fact, I think we’d be more surprised if the Governor made a reasonable, unbiased, non-political appointment for once.

Kasich’s team tries to present him as a moderate, but his extreme right-wing agenda comes through in his appointments.

  • Johnny also appointed an Indiana mega-farm manager as director of the Ohio EPA, and he originally hired a former oil and gas executive to lead the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Isn’t it ironic…don’tcha think?

  • Joseph…why am I not surprised?

  • Ramona Hauenstein

    That was my reaction to this headline as well..”Really, are you surprised ? I’d be more surprised if he wasn’t!”

  • This is the result when we vote for the fox to guard the hen house.

  • anastasjoy

    And homeschool/charter school/Earth-is-6,000-years-old-and-people coexisted-with-donosaurs types to oversee “education.”

    This is what you get when you elect a governor who said he is going to govern by ideology and not by being a pragmatic problem-solver.

  • fairminded

    Boy did you hit the nail on the head.; stating they are not
    pragmatic problem-solvers.

    The thing that amazes me about these people is they are all educated but support policies that are not fact based! They
    ignore scientific facts. The majority of people don’t share their
    beliefs but they shove these ludicrous notions of public policy
    down our throats! They then are mystified by the decline in
    numbers of members of the Republican Party.

  • dmoore2222

    The day of in-your-face politics is over. Voters are done with it. Kasich lost any possible trust or respect from the beginning with his over-the-top language. He’s a proven cop and teacher hater. Without those groups he has no hope of re-election and he knows it.

  • dmoore2222

    Hey. The 21st Century is a scary place for these republicans. It means change and the realization that we can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing for the last century and still have an inhabitable planet. Denial is a much safer place.These are the same types who would have called Thomas Edison a cook.

  • Red Rover

    Anyone know the means and grounds for dismissing a PUCO commissioner?

  • A very ignorant man.

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