Climate Corner: Some good news for the climate in 2023

Dec 30, 2023 George Banziger At the end of the calendar year, it is customary to review the highlights of the past year. There was compelling evidence of the urgency needed to address the climate crisis right… Read More

Put an end to sacrilegious treatment of public lands

Nov 25, 2023 George Banzinger In its Nov. 16 edition, The Marietta Times carried a story with the headline, “Ohio commission approves fracking in state parks.” I attended this event at the headquarters of the Ohio Department of… Read More

Climate Corner: Why should we sacrifice for fossil fuels?

Oct 14, 2023 George Banziger Advocates of the fossil-fuel industry often claim that the expeditious transition to renewable energy will involve sacrifice on the part of everyday Americans. What has truly involved sacrifice for most Americans, and,… Read More

Climate Corner: Transition to renewable energy — environmental and economic renewal

Jul 29, 2023 George Banziger A recurrent myth in the Mid-Ohio Valley is that the transition to renewable energy from fossil fuels has to be painful and fraught with job loss, economic decline, and sacrifice. This assumption… Read More

State parks, wildlife areas on fracking list

Jun 17, 2023 The Marietta Times George Banziger “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” This quote, is from Dr. Seuss’s 1971 book “The Lorax.” These words may… Read More

Climate Corner: Addressing climate change in your own backyard

May 13, 2023 George Banziger editorial@newsandsentinel.comFor anyone in the Mid-Ohio Valley who senses the importance and urgency to act on climate change, these can be frustrating and discouraging times. Public officials in West Virginia seem inextricably committed to… Read More

Speak up against AEP rate increase

May 9, 2023 Marietta Times Letter to the Editor George Banziger American Electric Power (AEP) is raising its electricity rates in Ohio on June 1 by 28%. On top of that huge increase, AEP Ohio is proposing an… Read More

Climate Corner: It doesn’t have to be that way

Feb 25, 2023 George Banziger On Feb. 3 a train consisting of 151 total cars derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. About 20 of the cars were carrying hazardous materials, and five of the cars contained vinyl chloride,… Read More

Regulations needed

Feb 22, 2023 The Marietta Times George Banziger In last weekend’s edition of the Marietta Times there was a column describing the lack of confidence that the residents of East Palestine, Ohio, have, in the wake of the derailment… Read More

Climate Corner: Many faiths, many paths to climate action

Dec 17, 2022 George Banziger For many people the commitment to address climate change derives from their strongly held personal faith. Many faith traditions refer to their respective holy scripture to document the case for treating the… Read More