J.B. Van Hollen's reversal on EPA fight is a wrong direction for Wisconsin, and ignores the reality of global warming, say Greens
Wisconsin Green Party
February 14th, 2007
"J.B. Van Hollen's removal of Wisconsin from the lawsuit has made it all the harder for us to lessen our contributions to global warming, and the removal has made it all the more likely that the disastrous affects of global warming will be increased, rather than decreased," said Ruth Weill, Co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party. "We already know that we will be facing a grim future. It is in our best interest to do all we can to secure our future well-being and that of our children. Any other course will have very high costs."
"The reality of global warming means that we need to take serious and drastic measures," said Ron Hardy, Co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party. "The Bush administration has ignored its responsibility in addressing this situation, so it is up to states, counties, municipalities and individuals to address this, and to put the pressure on our nation's legislators to implement aggressive policy that reduces our contributions to global warming, and prepares us for its effects."
Last week Green Party leaders demanded that Congress hold the Bush Administration accountable for tampering with scientific research on global warming, calling President Bush's interference and dishonesty an impeachable conspiracy to commit 'high crimes and misdemeanors.'
"Wisconsin needs to provide pressure and leadership so that our nation and our state adequately address our environmental issues," said Hardy. "J.B. Van Hollen is taking us in the exact opposite direction."
"We need long term energy planning in Wisconsin," said Weill. "The first step in implementing a responsible plan for Wisconsin's energy future should be conservation and efficiency, not more coal-fired plants."
Alliant Energy Corp. has recently asked state regulators for permission to build a coal-fired power plant in southwestern Wisconsin. Coal-fired plants are a key contributor of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
The last several decades, Wisconsin had an Advance Plan that required utilities to file a twenty-year energy forecast and to plan for generating plants and transmission lines together so that only needed facilities were built. Legislative provisions for the Advance Plan were repealed, effective in 1999, by Act 204. The Act created a Strategic Energy Assessment that covers only seven years, and does not require an analysis of the best combination of power plants, transmission lines or energy efficiency.
Greens advocate for these measures to reduce Wisconsin's contribution to global warming gases: