Sunday, September 29, 2013

Wisconsin: Walker and Co. ignore climate

Global warming takes back seat in Wisconsin
Sept. 26, 2013 - Only a few years ago, fighting global warming was a front burner topic among state policy makers.

But the issue has been largely ignored in Wisconsin since 2010 with the collapse of legislation that would have required a big shift to renewable power.

That's unlikely to change any time soon — even though the topic will be revisited in a new report Friday. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, United Nations-sponsored organization, is the first analysis from the international panel of scientists since 2007. It'sexpected to say with greater certainty than its past reports that human activity is the source of global warming.

"We've lost a lot of momentum," said Keith Reopelle, senior policy director for Clean Wisconsin, an environmental group.


Wisconsin added a total of 18 megawatts in wind power last year. Epic Systems, the medical software giant in Verona, S.C. Johnson & Son in Racine and Gundersen Health System in La Crosse constructed a total of 10 wind turbines.

Wisconsin's renewable efforts pale compared to Illinois, Iowa and Michigan. Each added over 600 megawatts of wind power last year. read more>>>

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