Operation Free

Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Ohio
The Issue

Ohio has a rich history of innovation and manufacturing – a history that is interwoven with traditional resources like coal and natural gas. Though these sources of energy have helped to build a strong economy in Ohio in the past, too much of today’s economy – and military operations – depend on a single-source commodity: oil.

To protect our economic and national security, America must diversify and look to clean, homegrown alternatives like wind and solar.

Wilkowski joins energy law firm

Toledo, Ohio. Keith Wilkowski, a leading local government lawyer and most recently Toledo mayoral candidate, has joined the law firm of Marshall & Melhorn, LLC, as a Member. Mr. Wilkowski will chair the firm’s newly established Advanced Energy and Green Initiatives Practice Group. The announcement was made by Thomas P. Killam, a Managing Member and Chair of the firm’s Business Department.

Lucas County gets hush money from First Energy

Ok, a bit strong, but who ever bites the hand that feeds? This seems to be on the border of being appropriate, but with the brilliant "let's give recycling coupons" group of Carty and Joe McNamera (yes they are not county commissioners, but they are taking the money too) as a solution to fix the budget, you can tell most of our leaders are without ideas, so why not take money from First Energy? If I was intellectually bankrupt, I would too.

Lucas Co. Receives $1.2 Million from First Energy

Is it Morning in America, or has hope given way to malaise? (CNN story)

By Kristi Keck, CNN
Presidents Obama, Carter both elected at a time when voters wanted change
Analyst: Carter comparison shows how expectations have changed since Obama's win
Obama, Reagan faced similar problems but approached them differently, Reagan aide says
Obama should worry about who he is, not who he might be, analyst David Gergen says
(CNN) -- Nearly a year after the presidential election, the excitement of Barack Obama's campaign has faded into the reality of an Obama White House.

Annual Solar Tour Oct. 3-4

“Green” enthusiasts interested in expanding their knowledge about green energy are invited to participate in Green Energy Ohio’s seventh annual Ohio Solar Tour Oct. 3-4.

“Solar Tours” in 91 communities and 166 sites throughout Ohio will showcase solar, wind, biomass and energy efficiency working for homes, businesses, farms, public buildings and utilities.

More info:

The Green Jobs Fallacy

Green jobs: Now with magic Obama-power!!&articleId=10da8c02-a44b-4375-be60-c2f30905b350
President-elect Barack Obama is pushing a massive federal investment in "green jobs." He speaks about these jobs as if they are something new under the sun. If it could, the sun would probably laugh at such hyperbole.

Tom Waniewski's September '09 Newsletter

Automated Refuse Schedule to be Released
The city is on schedule to migrate to automated trash pick up by the end of 2009/beginning of 2010. However, I should know more about what areas of town will be implemented first. The schedule is being worked on and reviewed by the administration. Look for news to come out quite possibly in this month, I'm told.

DeVeaux Village Update

Congressional Leaders to Host Energy Summit in Columbus to Discuss Solutions to America’s Energy Challenges

U.S. House Republican Leadership to Visit Columbus Next Tomorrow as Part of National Energy Tour

Washington, DC- Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) is pleased to announce that he will host The American Energy Solutions Group (AESG) and its Chairman, Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow as the AESG will hold an Energy Summit with leading energy experts to discuss solutions to America’s energy challenges.

Right-Wing Harassment Strategy (Memo)

Right-Wing Harassment Strategy Against Dems Detailed In Memo: ‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’
This morning, Politico reported that Democratic members of Congress are increasingly being harassed by “angry, sign-carrying mobs and disruptive behavior” at local town halls. For example, in one incident, right-wing protesters surrounded Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) and forced police officers to have to escort him to his car for safety.


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following
statement after H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act,
passed the House of Representatives this evening.

"I have firmly opposed Cap and Trade, also known as Cap and Tax, since
the legislation was first introduced. With today's vote, the House of
Representatives passed a bill that will establish the largest national
energy tax in history and eliminate 2 million jobs across our country.

Similar to previous debates this year, the Democrat majority filed a 300

Alt Energy Contractors Don't Get It Yet: WE'RE NOT MADE OF MONEY!

Green incentives fuel interest in solar power in Toledo area

These guys are hawking solar-hot-water systems for a "usual $8,000 to $9,000 cost"? And then have the nerve to claim that with subsidy and a tax break, that the buyer can knock that "in half"? Ooh, gee, what a deal it becomes then! {sarcasm} A 10-yr payback? Absurd. IT'S JUST THE SUN HEATING A LIQUID. And I bet that there's a maintenance cost in those 10 years that will push out the period.

Biden's visit and Jon Stainbrook on Obama's Birth Certificate

Joe Biden and Obama's Birth Certificate

I drove my car (with my Beyond Babylon signs on it) to the site where Vice President Joe Biden was to speak in Perrysburg, Ohio and found most of the protesters were children, literally, holding signs in the very hot sun (I was reassured they were well hydrated). I'm not sure what their protest was about (if one of their leaders reads this, contact and let me know and I'll update this information).


WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following
statement in response to Vice President Biden's visit to Perrysburg
earlier today.

"If the Obama administration truly wants to protect and create jobs, the
President and Congressional Democrats must stop their consideration of
the Cap and Trade legislation that will result in a massive national
energy tax on American businesses and families.

Under The Heritage Foundation's Manufacturing Vulnerability Index,
Ohio's Fifth District is the third most vulnerable district in the


WASHINGTON - Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the
House Committee on Agriculture, along with all 17 Republican members of
the Agriculture Committee sent Speaker Nancy Pelosi a letter today
asking for more time to consider the Waxman-Markey climate change and
energy legislation (H.R. 2454). Rep. Pelosi told committee chairmen
that they had until June 19 to consider H.R. 2454. This timeline has
allowed the Agriculture Committee to hold only one public hearing on the
bill with no time for a markup. To date, only the Energy and Commerce

American Energy Act

This week, House Republicans introduced the American Energy Act, an "all of the above" energy plan as an alternative to the Democrats misguided Cap and Trade (Tax) proposal that is currently under debate in the House of Representatives. The American Energy Act is based on three principles of increasing production of American-made energy, promoting alternative and renewable energy, and encouraging greater efficiency and conservation.


House Committee on Agriculture to Hold Cap and Trade Hearing Today

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the
House Committee on Agriculture, will participate in today's full
committee hearing on the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy bill
(HR 2454).

"I want to thank Chairman Peterson and Ranking Member Lucas for holding
this very important hearing on the proposed Cap and Trade bill. I look
forward to hearing testimony from today's panelists and exchanging in
thoughtful debate on the ramifications of this legislation on our


House Republican Alternative Plan to Cap and Tax would Lower Energy
Prices, Promote Alternative Energy, and Create Jobs

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the
House Republican Conference American Energy Solution Group, made the
following statement after the American Energy Act was unveiled today.

"Today, House Republicans introduced the American Energy Act as an
alternative plan to the jobs killing, Cap and Tax proposal put forth by
the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats and I am proud to

DeeDee's Talk of the Township newsletter update

Meeting on TARTA Sales Tax Proposal

When: June 11, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Township Hall, 4927 Holland-Sylvania Road
Several months ago, TARTA officials began slowly floating out
the idea of switching the funding method for TARTA. Currently, TARTA is funded by
the property owners in 9 jurisdictions (Toledo, Perrysburg, Ottawa Hills, Waterville,
Rossford, Spencer Township, and Sylvania City and Township). Currently, they collect's NW Ohio profile titled: Make Your Own Stimulus

Renewable energy, goods movement and, above all, innovation, are today's economic bywords for the Northwest Ohio region.

National Black Chamber of commerce says Obama energy plan will cost jobs, hurt economy

NBCC President and CEO Harry Alford notes, “These findings add to a growing body of evidence that demonstrates cap-and-trade would make American consumers poorer and the products they buy more expensive.

“Moreover, the NBCC study finds there will be little, if any, environmental impact to justify the high price U.S. families will have to pay, since the trading system will deliver virtually negligible changes in global CO2 emissions so long as developing nations such as China and India don’t buy in.

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