January 20, 2023

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January 20, 2023

Five Republicans, new refugee program, “green” natural gas?, and more!

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  • NEW REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAMIn a new program announced yesterday, private American citizens will now be able to help the plight of refugees.  Called the Welcome Corp, this program “will allow groups of private American citizens and permanent residents to financially sponsor the resettlement of refugees fleeing war and violence across the world.”  State Dept. Secretary Blinken called it, “the boldest innovation in refugee resettlement in four decades.”  Let’s click here to learn more and sign up

  • “GREEN” NATURAL GAS IN OHIO?  Without public input, Mike DeWine (R), governor of Ohio, signed House Bill 507 this month and legally redefined natural gas as a “green energy” source—like water, wind, and solar—because it has lower carbon dioxide emissions than coal and despite the fact that natural gas “is primarily methane. . . a greenhouse gas whose global warming potential is 86 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period”.   The Empowerment Alliance (TEA), a dark money group tied to the gas industry, and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) together pushed the narrative of “clean” gas in Ohio and plan to target other energy-rich states, like Texas, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia—hoping to get similar legislation passed and to gain signatories to the “Declaration of Energy Independence,” which basically declares “clean” gas an American “birthright” and has already garnered the signatures of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).  Let’s keep a sharp eye out for this legislation in our state and let Mike DeWine know that we’ve noticed.  We can reach him at 614-644-4357 OR 614 West Superior Ave., 12TH FL., Cleveland, OH 44113-1187. 

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