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Ohio Renewable-Energy Companies Struggle With Trump's Retreat From the Paris Deal

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Some Ohio businesses are dismayed by President Donald Trump’s decision to back out of the global agreement to fight climate change. Green energy companies say the decision has tangible consequences that hurt their bottom line.

Renewable energy companies say there’s a great deal of education and consulting to do before a company or homeowner installs green-energy equipment. Al Frasz, owner of Dovetail Wind and Solar says that’s a crucial step that’s threatened every time President Trump downplays the urgency of climate change.

“The stuff that they’re putting out there is just garbage. I mean it really is garbage, it’s made up stuff that’s not based on reality," Frasz says.

Republican Gov. John Kasich also criticized Trump’s retreat from the Paris deal. But there's  no word yet on whether Ohio will join state such as Washington and California in forming an alliance that continues the promises of the agreement.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.