Ohio Votes: Utica Shale and the 2012 Election
From the race for the White House to the road to the Statehouse, Ohio voters will soon have the opportunity to cast their votes to decide the representative leadership that will shape our state’s and our nation’s future. Unless you have managed to avoid your phone, television, mailbox, door and inbox for the past three months, it’s clear we are in the midst of one of the most contested and widely covered elections in memory.
And, once again, the old phrase comes back into play – ‘As goes Ohio, so goes the nation’.
It is with that in mind that, today, Energy in Depth – Ohio is proud to launch Ohio Votes: Utica Shale and the 2012 Election Voters’ Guide.
The resource serves as Ohio’s only voters’ guide focusing exclusively on the positions federal and state candidates have on continued development of natural gas from shale resources. The Utica Shale has reinvigorated Ohio’s economy over the past year and this guide serves as a one-stop information source on candidates’ positions on regarding it’s past, present, and future development.
Though candidates on both sides of the aisle have recognized Ohio’s pivotal role in national politics, there has also been recognition of our state’s emergence as a leader in domestic energy production through Utica Shale development. With that in mind, we have fact-checked statements made by both presidential candidates regarding onshore energy development, and provided a guide that helps voters understand political candidates’ positions on the issue of shale development.
The guide, available at http://www.eidohio.org/energy-in-depth-campaign-microsite-home/, is designed to connect voters with information on the positions of candidates seeking the offices of U.S. President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and State House and State Senate. It also provides easy access to previous guest posts elected leaders and candidates have penned for EID Ohio, as well as fact check on statements made in the recent presidential debates.
While our organization does not endorse any candidate or party, we felt it was important to provide this resource given the incredible impact the Utica Shale is having on our state and its workforce, as well as the larger national energy picture.
The guide also provides Ohio voters with third party resources they can access to learn about additional positions these candidates have adopted.
In continuing the tradition of fostering an informed and active electorate in Ohio, one that has correctly voted for 24 of the last 26 presidents dating back to 1904, Energy in Depth Ohio welcomes you to Ohio Votes: Utica Shale and the 2012 Election Voters’ Guide.