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Taking sides on climate change

Following Gov. Tony Evers’ announcement that he would join the U.S. Climate Alliance, committing Wisconsin to implementing the Paris climate accord (reducing carbon emissions by 26–28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025), both sides of the issue weighed in.

Wisconsin Manufacturer’s & Commerce President/CEO Kurt Bauer released a statement: “Complying with the Paris climate accord would cost the U.S. economy 2.7 million jobs — 440,000 of which are in manufacturing. Since the state’s largest industry is manufacturing, this will have a devastating impact on Wisconsin.” Bauer further noted that electricity rates would skyrocket and impact small businesses.

Tyler Huebner, executive director of RENEW Wisconsin, responded in a blog: “Instead of just saying no, we would encourage WMC and its members to work with the renewable energy industry, electricity providers, Governor Evers, and the Legislature to pursue cost-effective ways to take advantage of the new economics and technology advances in renewable energy.” Huebner noted that WMC used outdated statistics in its assessment, and major state utilities are already pursuing ways to replace coal plants with new wind and solar generation.

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Feb 15, 2019 09:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

If we abandon the planet in the first half of the next century to save jobs, only to lose the planet in the second half of the century, doesn't the loss greatly exceed any savings?

Feb 26, 2019 11:18 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The magic words here- 'cost-effective" ways to take advantage of the new economics and technology advances in renewable energy. Use a common-sense approach and awareness process to make EVERYONE aware of the footprint they leave, Jamming a new green economy down the throats of Americans with disregard to the financial burdens this would cause would make it financially impossible to move forward with any kind of GREEN project, if there is no money/income coming in to pay for the GREEN efforts. Educational and common sense approach like were taught in the classrooms of the 1970's.. Conserve Energy and Water.. Don't litter, pay attention to the containers you purchase., etc. When City Systems need replacing or upgrading, incorporate the new technologies that make sense for them. Pay attention to the main vehicle you drive.. what kind of gas mileage are you getting? Emissions? Keep incentives, resources and education in the forefront and worthwhile to participate in the GREEN upgrades.. without additional rules and laws that put unnecessary burden on EVERYONE. People assume with all the talk that there are no rules and laws in place.. there are! Enforce these and use incentives going forward. Closing biz down is NOT the way to go.. give correct info to the public on the biz that are already implementing new Energy technologies in current industries that the GREEN Movement people don't like. My big toe has a foot fungus, but, I like my other toes.
The dinosaur didn't disappear because of humans. Everything cycles and re-cycles. I was reminded by a sailor that the solar system has alot to do with the rise and fall of tides/water also.. Mother Nature contributes in so many ways that ties everything together. Yes, humans contribute... educate and implement what you/we learn individually makes a huge impact. People are pigs. Look at the Me-Too movement march.. GARBAGE and disregard. Then their next movement is Save the Earth-Go Green!

Feb 26, 2019 11:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

There are no sides to take... WORK TOGETHER People! Civil and respectful approach to all opinions and ideas would be an amazing start. Nobody is abandoning the planet.. extremely exaggerated. Common-sense, realistic and an educated approach.. implement little things on a personal level and the BIG stuff will follow. RESPECT and LISTEN to one another!!!

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