• Steve Eberly

What They're Saying about HB1414

I try to read as many newspapers as I can. I want to know not just what my local paper is saying about an issue, but also what’s going on all over our great state. Lately just about everybody agrees that HB1414 is bad for Indiana!

Editorial writers in South Bend, Evansville, Indianapolis, Terre Haute and more are speaking out about how this bill holds Indiana back.

But don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself what local writers are saying:

  • In Greensburg, the Daily News wrote on January 24th in an editorial that “…there is no law that can or should be passed to turn back the clock. Jobs being lost in one industry are being created in others,” making the point in the same piece that “technology is changing so fast that a renewable energy future isn’t a pipe dream any more.”

  • “The proposed bill does not make sense in the context of the environment or the economy,” said the January 27th edition of the Indiana Daily Student, which is I.U.’s student newspaper.

February 6 was a busy day for editorial writers from north, central, and southern Indiana.

  • “HB 1414, in ignoring the future of energy and making Hoosiers pay the price, is pure mismanagement,” wrote the South Bend Tribune.

  • On the same day, Terre Haute’s Tribune Star wrote that “electric utilities are turning their backs on coal not just because of federal mandates and environmental concerns, but because it makes economic sense. Other fuel sources have become more efficient and less costly.”

  • And Evansville’s Journal and Courier opined that HB 1414 “allows utilities to buy more coal and pass the costs on to customers. That money then goes directly back to the coal companies themselves” and that “it would be nice if they would channel that energy into renewables instead.”

Lastly, the Indianapolis Business Journal had a Valentine’s Day message for state legislators on this week’s editorial page, noting that “utilities are making the switch to other alternatives, including natural gas and solar, because they are cheaper and cleaner. Those are positive changes for Indiana economically—in both the sheer cost of power and the potential for improvements in health that come from cleaner air.”

A diverse energy future is what will allow our state to thrive. Indiana’s energy future hangs in the balance. Don’t let the politicians put their fingers on the scale. The best option, an option already being chosen by consumers and business that includes a more robust mix of renewable energy, should lead the day.

Let’s hope our leaders make the right choice.


Do you want to join the conversation?

Our politicians need to hear from Hoosiers just like you. Tell them HB1414 is bad for Indiana.