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Environmentalists Continue Pushing For Green Energy Policies

Sep 16, 2015

Environmental groups continue their push for stronger green energy policies.

The latest effort points to the public health benefits. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow explains.

A report from several environmental groups says that promoting renewable energy use would improve public health, because it would cut down coal plant pollution. Richard Hicks is with Columbus Public Health explains.

“Pollutants like I’ve talked about are associated with some cancers, associated with heart disease and stroke, associated with chronic lower respiratory disease which is a grouping of diseases in the lung like emphysema, bronchitis and asthma,” said Hicks.

Other advocates for the state’s now-frozen green energy standards have argued that the policies stem climate change and boost business investment. State lawmakers are expected to release a cost benefit analysis on the standards by the end of the month. The standards are frozen through next year.