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Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025,
Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement, and
Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.
In a statement, the Governor said, “It’s a new day in Wisconsin and it’s time to lead our state in a new direction where we embrace science, where we discuss the very real implications of climate change, where we work to find solutions, and where we invest in renewable energy. By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we will have support in demonstrating that we can take climate action while growing our economy at the same time.”
The climate and clean energy policies of the Climate Alliance states have created 1.6 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over half of all clean energy jobs in the United States.
Policies on climate and clean energy in Alliance states now control 35 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.
Wisconsin’s Lt. Governor also promised to explore energy efficiency and savings goals, and to focus on “better understanding how climate change is disproportionately affecting communities of color and how it’s impacting our farmers and the most rural parts of our state.”
Why This Matters: Wisconsin joins its neighbor Michigan in reversing the policies of its former Republican Governor and is making a real commitment to combat climate change. This is another key state in the 2020 election, and demonstrating that fighting climate change is not a drag on the economy but instead will create jobs will be important to both the state, and likely in the Presidential campaign. Wisconsin could prove to be decisive again in the next election just as it was in 2016.
by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Climate change is, of course, a global phenomenon, but out of the contiguous United States, the Northeast is experiencing it particularly severely. As Kate Olson recently reported in Civil Eats, farmers in Maine are “struggl[ing]” with this “new, harsher climate reality” that includes even more deeply unpredictable weather events […]
by Julia Pyper, host and producer of Political Climate John Podesta has had a long and distinguished career in American politics. The veteran Democrat official recalls a time when Members of Congress were open to working across the political aisle, the debate was healthy and the resulting policies were less prone to repeal. But today […]
As John Schwartz reported for the New York Times, for more than 40 years, scientists have had an idea of how much greenhouse gases will warm our planet. They’ve expressed the answer as a range of possible temperature increases, between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius, that will result from carbon dioxide levels doubling from preindustrial […]
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