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Kasich Tours Amazon Facility, Blasts House's Vote To Change Green Energy Standards Into Goals

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Karen Kasler
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Gov. John Kasich speaks before a tour of Amazon's fulfillment center in Pataskala.

Gov. John Kasich got a guided tour of Amazon’s huge new fulfillment center in central Ohio today. And he took the opportunity to blast a bill to change the state’s green energy requirements on electric utilities into voluntary goals.

Before the tour, Amazon’s Paul Misener talked about the company’s goal of getting 100% of its energy for its Ohio cloud computing operation from renewable sources. And Kasich had a message for Sen. Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) in the audience. “Now it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the legislature to take us back, Senator, on the issue of renewables,” Kasich said.

Kasich vetoed a bill similar to the green energy goals measure in December. The new bill passed the House by a veto-proof supermajority. The Senate would need 20 votes to override, and last year's similar bill got 18.

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