It's Time to Act on Carbon Pollution
History is unfolding, and we have a chance to put an end to dirty air for future generations.
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the first-ever standards to limit carbon pollution from American power plants. With one-third of our nation’s greenhouse gases coming from power plants, this is a big deal. A really big deal.
Under the proposal, Wisconsin power plants would need to reduce their rate of carbon pollution to 34% below 2005 levels by 2030. Not only is this an effective and achievable step toward cleaner air, it’s significant momentum for more good-paying clean energy jobs, a healthier society and a stronger economy.
With the standards currently in draft form, your support is crucial. Tell EPA you support the carbon pollution standards today.
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Clean Energy Choice
Imagine there is only one dealership you can buy your car from, and that dealership won't allow you any choices to lease your car or haggle with your over the price.
Sounds crazy, right? Well that's what's happening right now with renewable energy. A gray area of the law has brought into question whether developers can pay for a renewable energy system and have it hosted at a business, home or farm while allowing the host to buy the energy generated.
The bipartisan Clean Energy Choice bill would clarify that these systems are legal, and the host can buy the energy.
Unfortunately, utilities are fighting this commonsense measure, afraid of losing their monopoly on energy production because people want to generate clean power from solar panels, small wind turbines and bio-digesters. But we know freedom to choose your own energy production helps lock in long-term rates and create jobs.
Contact your legislator TODAY and ask them to add their name in support of the Clean Energy Choice bill, LRB 4412.
Back to the front of the pack
Lately, it's been tough for renewable energy in Wisconsin. States like Iowa and Minnesota are plowing ahead developing wind and solar resources. Meanwhile, we’ve fallen to the back of the pack and rank last of all the states with renewable energy goals. To add injury to insult, we’re sending $12 billion out of state annually to meet our energy needs and losing out on a lot of job growth and economic potential because of it.
Enter the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Act. This forward-looking package would put Wisconsin squarely back on track by prioritizing renewable energy again.
The bill would strengthen our current renewable energy goal to 30% by 2030 and includes other policies to ensure a fair price for renewable energy systems and a provision that would help homeowners and businesses with the upfront costs of owning a system on their property.
It’s time to show our policy makers that we’re ready to go back to the front of the pack. The bill is open for co-sponsorship through tomorrow (Friday 2/28), so contact your legislator TODAY at ask them to co-sponsor the Wisconsin Renewable Energy Act.
EPA: Don't Water Down Carbon Pollution Limits for New Sources
One-third of the U.S.’s greenhouse gases come from power plants … let’s seize this opportunity for cleaner air!
As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the EPA has drafted rules limiting carbon emissions for new power plants. This is very good news and a positive step for the health of future generations.
The draft rules would limit a new coal plant to no more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour, a sharp but positive cut from the current 1,768-pound average. Gas-fired plants would be limited to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour.
It’s about the air we breathe. It’s about our way of life. It’s about our future.
With the rules still in draft form, we need your voice. Tell EPA you support these higher standards for new power plants.
Support the Mercury Thermostat Recycling Bill
One gram of mercury is all it takes to contaminate a 20-acre lake. And the fish in that 20-acre lake. The fish you and I catch in that 20-acre lake and feed to our families.
And that one gram? That’s less than the amount of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in one of those old, round thermostats that homeowners and builders are increasingly replacing with programmable options. And because Wisconsin doesn’t have convenient options for recycling these mercury-containing devices, they often end up in landfills where the mercury leaches out and into our water.
And the closest lake.
Thankfully, there's a bill in the state legislature that would provide convenient recycling options and incentives for properly recycling old mercury-containing thermostats. Ask your legislators to support AB 424, the Mercury Thermostat Recycling Bill, today.
It is estimated that between 5,000 to 9,000 children born in Wisconsin every year are at risk of health issues because of mercury consumption. And every inland lake in the state is under a fish consumption warning because of mercury. Gram by gram, lake by lake, thermostat by thermostat, we can change these facts.