For everyone who didn’t hear Gov. John Kasich’s fifth self-basting year-end review, held Tuesday in Westerville, don’t worry. Just read about his previous four sermons on governance and just change the date.
Ohio’s 69th Governor isn’t called “The Pope” for nothing, as he again showed today when he romanced what he’s done and offered another encyclical on what he’s going to. He reminded media and an accepting audience of how political CEOs like him roll. “That’s just the way it has to be,” Mr. Kasich said about his governing formula that includes lower income taxes, smaller government, less regulation and balanced budgets, among other policy directives.
Kasich On Burden Of Renewable Energy
The conservative mind-set of Ohio’s term-limited chief executive, who’s been pitching the same false fiscal pablum in New Hampshire, where he was recently with family in tow as he sees his comeback story there slowly slipping sliding away. he isn’t winning the hearts or minds in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina or any other state for that matter.
Polling in the Granite State shows Mr. Kasich far, far behind GOP league leader Donald Trump and losing ground to others, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others including Texas Sen. Tex Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who have passed the nationally known crusty, petulant Buckeye State leader.
Gov. Kasich has enjoyed being on stage with the other Republican candidates, but that privilege may also be gone in light of new qualifications for the next GOP debate in a couple weeks. The Wall Street Journal reports that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina and Gov. Kasich could be assigned to the so-called kiddie table debate that precedes the prime-time debate based on their current, low polling averages.
In his year-end wrap-up, Mr. Kasich said he doesn’t want to see the restoration of the state mandate that utilities find 25 percent of their power from renewable or advanced technology sources. He also made it clear that renewable energy is a bit of a bogey man for him, saying their cost shouldn’t be so high that Buckeye manufacturers have to buy out-of-state power at higher prices and put people out of work.
“But I also think we have to be part of the national solution on renewables, and the legislature is now beginning to look at what we should do. Hopefully, we can reach agreement because I would hate to go back to a 25 percent mandate,” he said, The Toledo Blade reported.
What Gov. Kasich may not have been aware of is what the nation’s largest cities are doing to step up in defense of President Barack Obama’s plan to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which grinds against John Kasich’s thinking on renewable energy. The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities on Tuesday filed motions in support of the Clean Power Plan with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.
Forward Thinking Mayors, Kasich Diverge
According to the AP, the groups are opposing lawsuits filed in October against the Environmental Protection Agency by more than two dozen mostly Republican-led states and allied industry groups reliant on fossil fuels.
Conservative states, including Ohio, have mocked the plan as an “unlawful power grab” that will kill coal-mining jobs and drive up electricity costs. Gov. Kasich has said of the use of coal, “We need to dig it, clean it and use it.”
The carbon-cutting rules are essential to the United States meeting emissions-reduction targets agreed to in a global climate agreement signed in Paris earlier this month, the AP said. The Obama administration and environmental groups also say the plan will spur new clean-energy jobs.
Ohio is a perfect example of city leaders on opposite sides of the issue from governors like Mr. Kasich and attorneys general of their own states. Big cities like Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, San Francisco and West Palm Beach, Florida, have joined the list of local governments supporting Mr. Obama’s plan. New York City, Chicago, South Miami and other large cities filed motions in support last month, along with several Democratic-led states such as California and New York. States In line with Mr. Kasich’s thinking, opponents of the plan argue the new rule mandates an unrealistic time frame for drastic emissions reductions and would require the use of costly and unproven technologies.
Back in Ohio, a spokesman for the Ohio Environmental Council said Ohio should be a clean-energy leader. “What we need now is for Governor Kasich to support policies that unleash the potential of the clean energy economy rather than tie it down,” Jack Shaner of OEC said, according to The Blade.
Another factoid Gov. Kasich won”t take in stride is that Americans want the next president to fight climate change, 69 to 23 percent. Meanwhile, Oho remains a state still without an electric car tax credit or tax credits for other renewable energy additions.