Kasich’s Opinions on Climate Change: Hazy, Gusty

Kasich’s Record on Climate Change: Clear

COLUMBUS – Ohio Gov. John Kasich is already trying to Etch-A-Sketch his denial of climate change on Sunday’s Meet the Press, but his record reflects the exact views he expressed on Sunday.

In fact, Kasich was the first governor in the country to roll back existing renewable energy standards. Last year Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, which froze Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years, which environmental groups fear will lead to a permanent gutting of the standards. Kasich also signed House Bill 483, which industry experts say will end development of new wind farms in Ohio, killing thousands of jobs.

“Ohio was doing its part to tackle the problem of climate change, but Governor Kasich put our renewable portfolio standards in a deep freeze,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Kasich’s words on Sunday exactly match his awful record on climate change.”

While on Meet the Press this weekend, Kasich told Chuck Todd:

Kasich: “Well, I think that man absolutely affects the environment. But as to whether — you know, what the impact is, the overall impact, I think that’s a legitimate debate…. So of course we have to be sensitive to it, but we don’t to want destroy people’s jobs based on some theory that’s not proven.”

Apparently Kasich’s climate change comments caused consternation in the campaign, and they told the National Journal: “The governor has long believed climate change is real and we need to do something about it. The debate over exact percentages of why it is happening is less important than what can be done about it. We know it is real, we know man has an impact, and we know we need to do something.”

Pepper responded: “We know we need to do something to halt climate change — and Ohio was doing something, until Kasich signed his bill to halt the renewable portfolio standards. If Governor Kasich is interested in more than theories, he should look at the fact that Ohio’s renewable energy standards had created 25,000 jobs and saved Ohio consumers $230 million on their electric bills. Investing in green energy and technology isn’t a job killer — it’s a job creator, and that’s been proven right here in Ohio.”