News Release | Wisconsin Environment

Report Connects Political Influence of Big Ag with Polluted Waterways in Wisconsin

Madison, WI – As more and more of Wisconsin’s lakes suffer from pollution at the hands of industrial agriculture, a new report by Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center reveals the political influence of the agribusiness lobby and its role in weakening Wisconsin’s clean water protections. In the last decade, the number of permitted factory farms in Wisconsin has more than doubled, and the agencies charged with enforcing the state’s clean water standards have allowed for the rapid growth of industrial farming.

 

News Release | Wisconsin Environment

No New Dirty Power Plants under EPA standard

Madison, WI – On the heels of recent flooding throughout Wisconsin, the third largest wildfire in California history and devastating, record-breaking floods in Colorado, the Obama administration proposed a major new rule today to curb the carbon pollution spewing from power plants that fuels global warming. Scientists warn that without major reductions in carbon pollution, extreme weather will become even more frequent and severe.

News Release | Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center

New Report: Wisconsin Ranks 26th in the Nation for Solar Power

Milwaukee – Today, Wisconsin Environment Research & Policy Center released Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States, a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The report outlines the twelve states that have made a considerable contribution to the nation’s rise in solar power. Wisconsin however, missed the cut and ranks 26th in the nation for per capita solar installations. Last year, solar capacity in Wisconsin grew by 7% bringing it to a total of 14 megawatts. But Wisconsin still trails behind leading solar states such as New Jersey that has more than 50 times as many solar installations per capita than Wisconsin.

News Release | Wisconsin Environment

President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for Wisconsin, Future Generations

Madison, WI – Today, President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, advance energy efficiency and increase the nation’s commitment to renewable energy. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and flooding throughout Wisconsin this summer, the president’s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Wisconsin Environment and many others.

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