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Wisconsin Residents Urge Passage of Clean Energy Jobs Act

February 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A coalition of organizations announced that 12,000 Wisconsinites have signed a postcard to their legislators in support of the Clean Energy images-1Jobs Act.

“We’ve knocked on thousands of doors in communities across Wisconsin and one thing is clear: the public wants clean energy and they want it now,” said Dan Kohler, Wisconsin Environment Director, in a press release. “People in Wisconsin are deeply concerned about our dependence on oil and dirty coal and they know we can do better by harnessing homegrown, clean energy sources such as wind and solar power, and by using energy more efficiently.”

A group of citizens planned to deliver the postcards to state representatives and senators before testifying at the final scheduled public hearing of the Assembly Clean Energy Jobs committee.

Event participants said they believe that developing clean energy technologies in Wisconsin can help the state innovate and compete economically, and that conservation and efficiency programs can help save consumers money. They didn’t believe that using more clean energy would cause economic harm, as some opponents claim. “I remember the exact same arguments being used when acid rain legislation was proposed years ago,” said Will Stahl, a semi-retired teacher from Neenah. “Opponents of these kinds of initiatives always try to exaggerate the potential costs. Personally, I believe we need to innovate to achieve more energy independence.”

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