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Gov. Kasich Doubles Down on Green Energy as House Republicans Push to Abandon Them

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says that keeping renewable energy standards up will make the state attractive to companies looking to invest.

House Republicans are sending a message to Gov. John Kasich by moving a bill that would effectively kill green-energy standards in Ohio. This is similar to a bill Kasich vetoed last year and he isn’t afraid to use that veto pen again.

The bill, which would replace the mandates to invest in green energy with non-required “goals," got its first committee hearing.

But even if the legislation moves out of the Statehouse, Kasich says his support for renewable-energy standards hasn’t changed. He says companies like Google and Amazon are looking for states that invest in alternative sources.

“This new economy that we see, run by a lot of awfully young people: How do you think they feel about green energy? How would they feel if we went backwards as a state? They’re not keen on that,” Kasich said.

Opponents of the standards say they artificially drive up energy costs and will hurt the economy. But supporters say green energy is creating jobs and is a good investment over the long run.

The bill in the House is a more aggressive version of a bill Kasich vetoed last year. Republicans do have a veto-proof majority in the House and Senate but would have to convince several members of their own party and Kasich allies to change their votes.

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.