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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

From an article in the Onalaska Holmen Courier-Life:

A Wisconsin environmental group says state residents can look back and proudly celebrate 2008 as one of unprecedented environmental victories.

“This New Year, we can all raise a toast in celebration of this year’s amazing environmental progress in Wisconsin,” said Mark Redsten, executive director of Clean Wisconsin, the state’s largest environmental advocacy organization. “The immense progress made in 2008 builds an environmental legacy that will help protect Wisconsin’s environment, the health of our residents, and a way of life for generations to come.”

Action on climate change was one of the notable environmental victories:

+ Passage of Strong Recommendations in the Governor’s Global Warming Task Force: At the request of Gov. Jim Doyle, a broad spectrum of stakeholders convened, researched, compromised and voted overwhelmingly in favor of strong recommendations that will help guide Wisconsin in the transition to a clean energy economy. These recommendations include a three- to four-fold increase in Wisconsin’s investment in energy efficiency; a renewable portfolio standard requiring utilities to produce 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2013 and 25 percent by 2025; a 75 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2050; and the implementation of a clean cars standard.

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