2nd District, Ohio
Jean Schmidt, Member of Congress
8044 Montgomery Road, Room 170
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
Dear Ms. Whitaker,
Thank you for your time meeting September 2nd to discuss H.R. 1831, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011, and the economic value and employment industrial hemp shall bring to Ohio.
Here is a summary of key points from our discussion, and some useful links.
In background, I explained to you I have extensive experience with global information systems and utility industry consulting, and I have focused related expertise on optimizing the industrial hemp economy worldwide.
I explained my interest in developing the industrial hemp economy in Ohio comes from living in Northeast Ohio, where we have excessive harm from pollution, largely resulting from burning coal in our region. I am seeking the most immediate, environmentally responsible and economically sustainable solutions to that pollution issue here, and have determined biomass is part of the equation.
While Ohio has significant biomass resources, Ohio utilities indicate that supply is insufficient to meet regulatory demands, and must be supplemented with additional energy crops. Hemp appears to be the ideal energy crop to grow for biomass to co-fire with coal in existing power plants in Ohio, and for 25,000+ other industrial purposes in Ohio.