Gubernatorial Challenges – Environmentally Speaking
From a report by Susan Bence on WUWM radio:
Many nonprofit groups wouldn’t dare utter a syllable that could be construed as political endorsement, but they love talking about issues close to their hearts. . . .
The office does come with significant appointment authority concerning natural resources.
For example, Wisconsin’s governor selects the DNR board along with its secretary, as well as the members of the Public Service Commission. It regulates utilities.
The next governor might consider advocating a change in the funding of renewable energy initiatives – wind, solar and biomass.
The organization, RENEW Wisconsin, advocates for the expansion of renewable energy sources.
Spokesman Ed Blume says the state launched its renewable energy standards program back in 1999, so he’s not fretting whether Walker or Barrett gains office.
“I don’t think the election of either one is going to turn the clock back,” Blume says.
Blume is convinced the next governor will realize the benefits of investing in renewable energy projects.
“We have no coal, we have no oil, we have no natural gas, so we’re exporting jobs and cash to other states and other countries in the world. I think any governor would be interested in keeping all of those jobs and all of that money in Wisconsin,” Blume says.