Victories!

Your support, your action, your love for Wisconsin has fueled victories for our air, land, water, and health. Together, we can keep the momentum strong, and win even greater victories for the state we love. Check out a selection of victories below.

Statewide Victories

Examples of victories at the State Capitol that affect the entire state like legislation and budget wins.

Local Victories

Examples of successful local victories like pro-conservation ordinances and direct local action.

Electoral Victories

Big wins at the polls lead to policy victories to protect our environment. Examples of recent election day successes.

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2023


Local

2023

The Clean Energy Green Bay Plan

The Green Bay Common Council voted 9-to-2 in favor of adopting the Clean Energy Green Bay Plan, moving the city towards a clean energy future!

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Statewide

2023

$125 million for fighting PFAS

In May, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) voted to allocate $125 million to a trust fund for PFAS, the harmful human-made chemicals that have been found in over 70 Wisconsin communities.

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Electoral

2023

The 2023 Spring Election

The April 2023 election was a major victory for voters in Wisconsin.

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Electoral

2023

The election of Justice Janet Protasiewicz

Wisconsin Conservation Voters’ endorsed candidate Judge Janet Protasiewicz was elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The victory followed Wisconsin Conservation Voters IEC’s record breaking spring election program.

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2022


Electoral

2022

Re-electing Governor Tony Evers

We re-elected Gov. Tony Evers and protected his governor's veto in the legislature. The ramifications of this victory are enormous.

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Electoral

2022

Re-electing Attorney General Josh Kaul

Attorney General Josh Kaul will help keep Wisconsin from veering onto a dangerous path of increased voter disenfranchisement.

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Electoral

2022

Electing conservation champions across the ballot

Wisconsin Conservation Voters won all but one of our priority races. In almost every place where we knocked on doors, ran an ambitious mail and digital ad program, sent texts to voters, and engaged voters in their communities, we won!

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Statewide

2022

Wisconsin adopts first-ever statewide PFAS protections

For the first time ever, Wisconsin will have PFAS-specific water standards to protect the health of Wisconsinites.

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Statewide

2022

Gov. Evers makes historic announcement establishing the Office of Environmental Justice

Gov. Tony Evers announced the creation of the Office of Environmental Justice, a state office that will work with and support communities that have been historically disenfranchised in the fight against climate change.

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Statewide

2022

Gov. Evers releases the Clean Energy Plan

Gov. Tony Evers’ Clean Energy Plan constitutes the strongest roadmap to climate justice and clean energy in Wisconsin history.

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Electoral

2022

Over 70 candidates edorsed by Wisconsin Conservation Voters win their race in the 2022 spring election.

On April 5, over 70 Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorsed candidates won their elections. Wisconsin Conservation Voters invested heavily in local races – and emerged with the highest local win rate to date.

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Electoral

2022

All six Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorsed candidates win February 15 local primary election.

All six Wisconsin Conservation Voters endorsed candidates will advance to the general election. This critical primary will bring conservation champions to the ballot come April.

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Local

2022

Expanded early voting hours in Green Bay

After years working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, labor members, disability advocates, Wisconsin Conservation Voters members, and many others, we were able to expand early voting in the City of Green Bay.

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Statewide

2022

The Inflation Reduction Act

From its beginnings as Build Back Better to its final passage as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the U.S. passed the largest investment in climate action ever.

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2021


Local

2021

Lawrence University student government passes commitment to 100 percent clean energy by 2035

Lawrence University's SGA passed a resolution committing to eliminate carbon emissions and become net zero by 2035.

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Local

2021

Town of Peshtigo passes resolution in favor of CLEAR Act

The town of Peshtigo passed a resolution in favor of passing the CLEAR Act at the state level and called on Sen. Eric Wimberger and Rep. Elijah Behnke to become co-sponsors of the bill.

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Local

2021

De Pere passes clean energy resolution

De Pere made a commitment to achieving 100 percent clean energy and to create a climate action plan to establish target dates.

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Electoral

2021

Emily Siegrist wins election to Village of Brown Deer Board

Emily Siegrist won decisively against two incumbents in the election to the Village Board of Brown Deer.

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Electoral

2021

La Crosse elects pro-conservation mayor Mitch Reynolds and pro-conservation council members

Mitch Reynolds election win as a pro-conservation mayor will enable the city to move on implementing its clean energy commitments and address a new PFAS contamination site.

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Electoral

2021

Jonathon Hansen wins reelection to De Pere Common Council

Former Senate District 30 candidate Jonathon Hansen easily won his re-election despite a well-organized attempt to defeat him.

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Electoral

2021

Conservation champion and PFAS activist wins Board Chair in town of Peshtigo

Cindy Boyle's election to Board Chair in the town of Peshtigo flips the town board to a pro-conservation and female majority, and positions them to take local action on PFAS to the full extent of the law.

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Local

2021

Brown County passes clean energy resolution

Brown County passed a clean energy resolution with a commitment to achieving 100 percent clean energy and created an energy subcommittee to write a work plan to reach the goal.

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2020


Electoral

2020

2020 General Election – the governor's veto protected and local races won

In the 2020 General Election, conservation voters protected Gov. Tony Evers' veto in the assembly and senate, and won a majority of their endorsed races.

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Statewide

2020

Attorney General Josh Kaul withdraws damaging opinion on high capacity wells

In May, Wisconsin Attorney general Josh Kaul withdrew an opinion of former Attorney General Brad Schimel that denied the Department of Natural Resources power to put conditions on high capacity well applications.

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Local

2020

Milwaukee School District referendum passes

Wisconsin Conservation Voters joined the “Say Yes to MPS” campaign that urged passage of Milwaukee Public School’s referendum – its first in more than two decades.

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Local

2020

Menomonie passes clean energy resolution

The Menomonie City Council passed a resolution to join state, county, and local agencies to ensure all electricity in the state is carbon-free by 2050.

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Electoral

2020

Judge Jill Karofsky wins a seat on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court

The standout victory in the Spring Election and Presidential Primary came when now Justice-elect Jill Karofsky upset incumbent Dan Kelly by double digits.

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Electoral

2020

Big wins in the Spring Election and Presidential Primary

Endorsed candidates won 37 of 46 local races from Brown and Marinette to Lafayette and Eau Claire, the city and school board of Green Bay, Lafayette and Eau Claire Counties, and more!

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Local

2020

Green Bay expands early voting hours

After continued public pressure, meetings with UWGB student leaders and other voting rights groups, the city expanded voting hours at their downtown clerk's office for the 2020 February Primary.

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Statewide

2020

Clean energy advocates release the Wisconsin Clean Energy Toolkit

In March, along with RENEW Wisconsin and Sierra Club of Wisconsin, we launched the Wisconsin Clean Energy Toolkit, a comprehensive guide for local communities on how to embrace clean energy goals and policy.

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Local

2020

St. Norbert’s College passes clean energy resolution

St. Norbert College made the commitment to reach 100 percent clean energy and carbon neutrality by the year 2050.

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Local

2020

Green Bay Area Public School District Board passes clean energy resolution

Wisconsin Conservation Voters worked hand-in-hand with the school board, GBAPSD administration, and the community to write a 100 percent clean energy resolution. It would become the most comprehensive clean energy resolution for a school district in the state.

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2019


Statewide

2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul joins lawsuit challenging rollback of Endangered Species Act regulations

Attorney General Josh Kaul is joined a coalition of 20 attorneys general and the City of New York in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s rollback of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Statewide

2019

Gov. Evers creates the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change

The task force will advise and assist the governor in developing a strategy to reduce climate emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change. It will work closely with the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy.

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Statewide

2019

Gov. Evers issues an executive order to address PFAS

Gov. Evers issued an order to address PFAS, a group of chemicals that are extremely dangerous to human health.

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Statewide

2019

Attorney General Josh Kaul joins lawsuit against Trump’s "Dirty Power Rule"

Attorney General Kaul, with a coalition of 22 states and seven local governments, filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its “ACE” – aka “Dirty Power” – rule.

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Statewide

2019

Gov. Evers creates an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy

Gov. Evers created an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy to achieve 100 percent carbon-free electricity in Wisconsin by 2050.

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Statewide

2019

Gov. Evers issues an executive order addressing lead exposure in drinking water

Gov. Evers issued an executive order addressing lead exposure in drinking water, creating a new position to coordinate the state’s efforts to address the lead crisis.

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Local

2019

The Brown County Board passes a resolution supporting the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program

Acknowledging its importance in creating and maintaining many county projects over the years, the Brown County Board passed a resolution supporting the renewal of the popular lands program for 10 years and at proper funding.

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Local

2019

Eau Claire County Board passes goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050

Eau Claire County followed the lead of the City of Eau Claire by passing a resolution to set a goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2050, becoming the second county in the state to do so.

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Local

2019

UW-Stout Student Senate passes resolution supporting clean energy on the city level

The UW-Stout Student Senate passed a resolution urging the Menomonie City Council to set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Statewide

2019

Gov. Tony Evers proclaims 2019 the "Year of Clean Drinking Water"

Shortly after his election, Gov. Tony Evers made good on his pre-election pledge to address drinking water pollution in Wisconsin. In his first State of the State Address, he proclaimed 2019 the “Year of Clean Drinking Water.”

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2018


Electoral

2018

The fall elections – Tony Evers is elected governor!

Tony Evers wins the governorship after nearly a decade of destructive policies and agenda from the Walker administration. All statewide offices are also filled by pro-conservation candidates including lieutenant governor, attorney general, and state treasurer.

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Electoral

2018

Conservation voters elect Josh Kaul to Attorney General's office

Endorsed candidate for Attorney General, Josh Kaul, beat incumbent Brad Schimel in a sweep of statewide offices including Gov. Tony Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski, and Secretary of State Doug La Follette.

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Electoral

2018

Conservation voters elect Sarah Godlewski to State Treasurer's office

Sarah Godlewski won the State Treasurer's office in a sweep of statewide offices by pro-conservation candidates including Gov. Tony Evers, Attorney General Josh Kaul, and Secretary of State Doug La Follette.

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Local

2018

Eau Claire County passes temporary moratorium on CAFOs

The Eau Claire County Board passed a six-month moratorium on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), prohibiting any new permits or expansions of current permit.

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Local

2018

The Eau Claire City Council commits to 100 percent renewable energy

The city of Eau Claire became the first municipality in Wisconsin to approve a sustainability plan that commits to being carbon-free by 2050.

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Statewide

2018

The Leading on Lead Bill (AB 78/SB 48)

Conservation voters helped pass the Leading on Lead bill (AB 78 / SB 48) (2018), an important step in fighting lead pollution in drinking water.

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Statewide

2018

Fighting manure pollution (NR 151)

Conservation voters helped pass important manure spreading rules to help fight manure pollution.

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Electoral

2018

Flipping an anti-conservation legislative seat

In a big win for conservation, our team worked to push endorsed candidate Patty Schachtner to victory in a January special election in western Wisconsin’s 10th Senate District.

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Local

2018

Eau Claire County Board passes clean water ordinance

In 2018, the Eau Claire County Board passed a six-month moratorium on new and modified CAFO permits and created a diverse study committee of stakeholders,

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Local

2018

Establishing a Sustainability Commission in Green Bay

Our field staff, led by Field Director Seth Hoffmeister, helped form a Sustainability Commission in Green Bay. The commission brings together a diverse cross section of the city to work toward sustainable solutions.

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2017


Statewide

2017

The Well Compensation Bill (AB 226/SB 168)

AB 226 and SB 168 make it easier for more households to replace the costs of their contaminated wells or failing septic systems.

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2015


Statewide

2015

Saving a strong Natural Resources Board

Wisconsin has always been a leader in conservation, in large part because Aldo Leopold created the Natural Resources Board to be the citizens’ voice for our natural resources.

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Statewide

2015

Prohibiting pollution from plastics (SB 15)

Conservation voters showed their strength in support of this bill that phased out production of plastic microbeads, protecting the Great Lakes.

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Statewide

2015

Increased funding for county conservationists

County conservationists are the local boots on the ground working to reduce polluted runoff and providing critical testing and monitoring that keep our land and water clean.

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Statewide

2015

Preserving farmland and protecting shoreland

Shoreland zoning was created to protect water quality. A 2013 court case created confusion about whether other town ordinances – such as farmland zoning ordinances – could apply in areas where county shoreland zoning is in effect.

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Statewide

2015

Defeating water privatization (AB 554)

Conservation voters helped kill a bill that would have privatized our most precious resource.

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Statewide

2015

Chippewa County passes resolution to study frac sand mining impacts

Conservation voters in Chippewa County took immediate action, sending 340 messages to County Board members in just four days.

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Statewide

2015

Expanding the distribution of wild game for neighbors in need

Wisconsin’s sportsmen help to feed needy families by donating venison through the Venison Donation Program.

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Statewide

2015

Prohibiting pollution from plastics

When a bill was proposed to keep microbeads out of the Great Lakes by phasing out their production over the next few years, Wisconsin Conservation Voters immediately encouraged support among decision makers and engaged and activated citizens across the state.

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2014


Statewide

2014

Expanding the Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System (SB 596)

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) manages the Aldo Leopold Legacy Trail System on behalf of all citizens.

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Statewide

2014

Protecting County Conservationists

County Conservationists are the local boots on the ground working to reduce polluted runoff and providing critical testing and monitoring that keep our land and water clean.

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Statewide

2014

Saving the citizen-led Department of Natural Resources Board

Wisconsin has always been a leader in conservation, in large part because Aldo Leopold created the Natural Resources Board to be the citizens’ voice for our natural resources.

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2013


Statewide

2013

Designating the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route (SB 41)

In 2013, a bipartisan group of 31 legislators introduced a bill that would designate the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route, a water trail for boaters and paddlers with future plans to establish hiking and biking trails along the river.

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Statewide

2013

Protecting our waters with a watershed approach (SB 190)

Instead of managing water quality by considering one polluting source at a time, this law allows Wisconsin to consider the cumulative effect on an entire watershed.

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Statewide

2013

Conservation voters protect the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

The Stewardship Program protects vital lands and waters in Wisconsin, providing us with places to hunt, hike, fish, bike, and canoe.

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Statewide

2013

Legitimate sporting organizations thwart shady United Sportsmen

Wisconsin Conservation Voters and other sporting organizations pushed back when United Sportsmen was found to not be a nonprofit, was run by a man who had been cited for hunting with the wrong license, and lied to a warden.

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Statewide

2013

Defeating frac sand mining along the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

When the Pattison Sand Company, an out-of-state mining company with a history of environmental violations, pursued a permit to mine for frac sand along the banks of the Lower Wisconsin Scenic Riverway, Wisconsin Conservation Voters sprang into action.

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Statewide

2013

Conservation voters save County Conservation funding

The staff of Soil and Water Conservation Departments help implement critical programs that prevent manure, fertilizer, sediment, and other chemicals from entering our waterways.

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Statewide

2013

Provided drinking water funding for joint local water authorities

This law allows municipalities that have formed a joint local water authority to be eligible for funding for clean water improvements and to participate in the safe drinking water loan program.

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2012


Statewide

2012

State Senate strikes down the Open-Pit Mining Bill

Opposing the Open-Pit Mining Bill (AB 426, 2012) was the largest, most aggressive campaign ever mounted by Wisconsin Conservation Voters (then Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters) at that time.

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2009


Statewide

2009

Legislature sets limits on phosphorus that pollutes lakes and increases algae blooms

Phosphorus in lawn fertilizers and in cleaning products leads to increased pollution and algae in our lakes. In 2009, two bills were signed into law that will help prevent stinky, green lakes.

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2008


Statewide

2008

Enacting a strong Great Lakes Compact

Passage of the historic and complicated Great Lakes Compact was the result of the support of more than 7,000 citizen comments, 40 local elected officials, and 50 organizations in support of the bill mobilized by Wisconsin Conservation Voters.

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2007


Statewide

2007

Citizen activism prevents out-of-state waste

Statewide citizen activism led to a big win in the fight against garbage pouring into Wisconsin from neighboring states.

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Statewide

2007

Legislature reauthorizes the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund

More than 475,000 acres of the most ecologically important land in Wisconsin is protected due to the Stewardship Fund, Wisconsin’s innovative land protection program.

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Statewide

2007

Establishing the Renewable Energy Grants and Loans Program

In 2007, the Renewable Energy Grants and Loans Program was established to help Wisconsin get a foothold in the new clean energy economy.

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2006


Statewide

2006

Clean Energy Bill signed into law

With more than 90 percent of Wisconsin’s energy coming from dirty coal power plants or dangerous and expensive nuclear plants, it was high time to make a commitment to clean energy.

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