Energy and Climate

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is working on energy and climate-related issues with the following campaigns:

Dane County is a leader in clean energy – check out the video.

Human-driven climate change is scientific fact and Wisconsin is already suffering because of it.

Reduced corn harvests, unprecedented flooding, later snowmelts that are disrupting wildlife migration, toxic algae blooms in our lakes, degradation of water quality in the Great Lakes, even increased mosquito hatches – climate change is already having serious detrimental effects in Wisconsin (1).

Unfortunately, Wisconsin relies almost entirely on fossil fuels, particularly coal, for its electricity. Since it has no reserves of fossil fuels, Wisconsin imports millions of dollars of coal and other fossil fuels from places like Wyoming and Illinois each year (2).

Meanwhile, many of our Midwestern neighbors – including Illinois – have invested in clean energy. Wisconsin ranks behind states like Kansas, Nebraska, and South and North Dakota in the creation of renewable energy jobs (3).

With the election of President Donald Trump, and the subsequent takeover of the EPA by fossil fuel industry insiders, along with the Walker Administration’s paid allegiance  to fossil fuel barons the Koch Brothers, it’s our local leaders who are making strides toward a renewable clean energy future for all.

In Eau Claire, the city council has pledged to work toward 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The City of Green Bay recently approved a Sustainability Commission that will work to find local clean energy solutions. Dane County has invested heavily in clean energy programs like methane capture from its landfill to run its snowplow fleet and solar panels to save millions in electricity costs each year.

While these local initiatives hold great promise, urging elected leaders at all levels – local, state, and federal – to commit to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 is crucial.

Conservation voters across the state are leading the way toward a clean energy future for all. Sign the clean energy pledge now. And be sure to sign up for updates and calls to action.

FURTHER READING:

Read about how climate change has affected Odanah, home to thousands of members of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe.

SOURCES:

  1. https://19january2017snapshot.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/climate-change-wi.pdf
  2. https://www.eia.gov/state/analysis.php?sid=WI
  3. https://www.cleanjobsmidwest.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/CJM-Executive-Summary-IL_2018.08.08.pdf
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