Support a strong clean energy economy bill for state

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: Wind |


From a letter to the editor of The Capital Times by Alexandra Miller:

On the eve of Earth Day, 1970, Sen. Gaylord Nelson told the United Auto Workers that the automobile was a symbol of environmental decay. Nelson argued that the automobile “powered America into unparalled affluence, but now may drive it to unprecedented environmental disaster.” He hoped for pollution-free automobiles.

Nearly 40 years later, we have harnessed the clean energy of sunlight, water and wind to run cars, buildings and industries. However, our state still generates more than 70 percent of its electricity from coal plants, some dating back to the 1940s — the very plants that Nelson fought against!

Luckily, Wisconsin, ranked as a “top 20 state” for wind power and a leader in sustainable agriculture, is in the perfect position to transition to a “homegrown” energy economy. With $21 billion leaving Wisconsin each year to fuel our energy needs, it’s time to start investing here at home.

In celebration of Earth Day and Wisconsin’s own Sen. Gaylord Nelson, please contact your legislators. Ask them to support a strong clean energy economy bill . . .

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