Nearly 2.1 million Wisconsinites live in areas with air quality that is considered unhealthy and more than 100,000 Wisconsin kids are suffering from pediatric asthma.(1) Wisconsin gets over 85% of its energy from coal, natural gas, and petroleum, which generate the soot and smog pollution that threatens Wisconsinites.(2) However, transportation also plays a big role because of our our state’s prioritization of road expansion over mass and alternative transit. Increasingly, frac sand mining is also posing a significant threat to air quality and public health in western Wisconsin.
Each week of the legislative session, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters takes a position on the conservation issues before the state legislature. To view the air-related issues being considered by legislators and the pro-conservation position, check out the Conservation Notices of the Week.
- (1) State of the Air 2015, American Lung Association, accessed 6/16/2015
- (2) Wisconsin Energy Statistics 2013, Wisconsin State Energy Office, Page 18