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Recent blackouts serve as warning for Ohio power grid

Ohio just had a brush with rolling blackouts when a quarter of million people lost power due to storm damage. Losing so much electricity at one time is always troubling. However, it’s also an unfortunate preview of a similar disaster in the making. Ohio is one of the top 10 ...

Biden mistake could end America’s solar industry

President Biden has talked a lot about “Made in America”—and creating 10 million clean energy jobs. However, he’s just made a serious error for America’s solar manufacturing industry that poses grave consequences for the nation’s energy future, including a greater dependence on ...

Animosity emerges between Vance, Ryan

J.D. Vance and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan clearly are not impressed by each other. During interviews I recently conducted with Vance, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Ohio, and Ryan, his Democratic opponent, they both sort of dismissed each other. “I see him as a fraud,” Vance said of ...

America’s power grid is facing real trouble

There are two reasons why consumers experience a power outage. The first is obvious: a storm comes along and knocks down trees and power lines. That’s what typically happens. But there’s now a second reason for power outages in the United States—there simply isn’t enough electricity to ...

Forced unionization for refineries would mean higher gas prices

Our country was founded on the principles of opportunity, individual freedom and less government control. The ideals of less government and free markets have been successful strategies in American competitiveness for more than 200 years. Yet Ohio lawmakers are considering legislation — ...

A Perfect Night for Spring Peepering

The April night was cold and rainy, perfect for the Millers’ annual spring peeper hunt. We started this tradition when Shark and Seed were small, and they have perpetuated it with their children. Shark and her boys, Lamppost Head and The 747, drove to our house so I could ride with them on ...