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Ohio regulator blasts renewable energy on Twitter

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's leading utility regulator has used his Twitter account to steadily criticize solar, wind and renewable energy and to question global warming.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the posts are among more than 1,000 tweets and retweets in the past year by Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Chairman Todd Snitchler (SNIHTCH'-lur). Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) appointed the Uniontown Republican as chairman in March 2011.

Observers told the newspaper it is unusual for a commissioner to be overtly political. A PUCO spokesman said personal political leanings are offset by the commission being bipartisan.

Snitchler joined a 3-1 vote last week rejecting a major solar project proposed by American Electric Power. As PUCO chairman, he also leads a panel that considers whether major wind and solar projects are in the public interest.

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