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Nuclear Bailout Supporters Defend Anti-Chinese Advertisements

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Flier distributed by Ohioans For Energy Security

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the controvertial fliers urging voters not to join the nuclear bailout repeal effort. Carlo LaParo, spokesperson with the group Ohioans For Energy Security, joins the show.

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On this week's episode:
Invading The Electric Grid

Ohioans for Energy Security launched a TV ad depicting the Chinese army stomping along, while a narrator makes connections between the Chinese and opponents of Ohio’s new nuclear bailout law. This week, the group also sent out fliers urging people not to sign petitions to put a referendum on next fall’s ballot. 

They want to keep the law that adds an 85 cent fee to most electric customers’ bill to prop up two failing nuclear power plants. It also cuts some fees related to renewable energy mandates.

The groups says their tactics are ment to grab attention and put focus on what they see as the true motivation for the repeal effort: increasing marketshare for natural gas companies.

Snollygoster Of the Week

The White House reportedly pressured meteorologists at the National Weather Service not to contradict President Trump after he mistakenly claims that Alabama was in the path of Hurrican Dorian.

If you have a suggestion or comment for the show, email snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
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