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  • Protect Public Health - Support the EPA's Carbon Pollution Standards

    It’s no secret that pollution from power plants contaminates our air and water and makes people – especially children and the elderly – sick. While power plants have to limit their emissions of amount of toxins like arsenic, lead and mercury, there are no current limits on carbon pollution that is causing climate change. 

    This is troubling, as the American Medical Association links climate change with increased rates of respiratory disease like asthma, vector borne illnesses like Lyme disease and heat-related ailments.  

    The good news is there’s something that we can all do to protect both our children and grandparents from climate change related illnesses. The EPA has asked for input on their first ever limits on carbon limits for power plants (the biggest source of climate change pollution).

    By helping us to move towards a cleaner, more efficient electricity system, these rules will also result in cleaner air in the short term, which is something we can all appreciate. 

    WIth these standards in draft form, your support is crucial. Tell the EPA that you want strong carbon pollutino standards for power plants today.

    **Personalized comments carry more weight; feel free to add your own stories and thoughts in the email to the EPA below!

  • Protect Wisconsin's Waters from Climate Change

    We’re fighting on all fronts to protect and preserve Wisconsin’s lakes and rivers, but climate change threatens to make this a much harder fight. 

    As we’ve seen recently on Lake Erie and a large portion of our inland lakes, algae blooms are impairing our precious waters, and climate change threatens to make this problem even worse by fostering the conditions that help harmful algae blooms thrive. On top of more intesnse and frequent algae blooms, climate change is also expected to result in lower lake levels, aquatic life die-offs and a heightened impact of invasive species. Sounds like fun, huh?

    The good news is there's something that you can do to protect Wisconsin’s waters from the threat of climate change. The EPA has asked for input on their first-ever limits on carbon limits for power plants (the biggest source of climate change pollution).

    These rules will help us move towards a cleaner, more efficient electricity system resulting not only in cleaner air, but cleaner water for the health and enjoyment of everyone in Wisconsin. 

    With the standards currently in draft form, your support is crucial. Tell the EPA that you want strong carbon pollution standards for power plants TODAY. 

    **Personalized comments carry more weight; feel free to add your own stories and thoughts in the email to the EPA below!

  • Carbon Rules Public Comment for Health Professionals

    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 dealA really big deal, not in the least because the rules would prevent thousands of premature deaths and anywhere from 140,000 to 150,000 asthma attacks in children.

    With the standards currently in draft form, your support as health professionals is crucial.  Tell the EPA you support the carbon pollution standards today.

    **Personalized comments carry more weight; please add your own stories and thoughts in the email to the EPA below. 

  • Carbon Rules Public Comment for Clean Energy Businesses

    The EPA released their proposed limits on carbon pollution for power plants this June. Because they will be such a major driver of clean energy investment, it is critical that clean energy businesses are loud and clear in their support of these rules. 

    The comment period is open through October 16th, 2014.  

    ATTENTION: Be sure to fill in your business name and what you do in the comments below. Also feel free at add or edit anything to the sample comments. In fact, the more your are able to personalize it, the better. 

  • 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.

    **Personalized comments carry more weight; feel free to add your own stories and thoughts in the email to the EPA below!

  • 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

    Wisconsin can be a leader again in clean energy, like solarLately, 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

    fishing at sunsetOne 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.

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