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Volume 52, Issue 3

Fall 2022

Corn on farm

The critical role of Wisconsin agriculture in addressing climate change

When you think of Wisconsin, you think of agriculture. Thirty percent of Wisconsin’s land is used for agriculture– that is 64,400 farms on 14.3 million acres. Wisconsin agriculture contributes 16.4% to our state’s economy, $104.8 billion annually. We also export $3.
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Wind turbines on farm

Wind and solar emerge as cheapest options for powering Wisconsin

The days when wind and solar energy could be dismissed as “too expensive” are in the past. Welcome to the future. The numbers are clear – harvesting energy from the sun and wind is cheaper than generating energy from coal and gas.
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U.S. Supreme Court

Extremism in the Courts: West Virginia v. EPA

Recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling erodes environmental protections, and it could be just the beginning. The Major Questions Doctrine and Supreme Court Power Grab Appealing to the courts to help protect our natural resources has been an effective tool for many decades. However, a series of recent rulings has made that strategy more challenging.
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Rendering of the Nemadji Trail Energy Center

Your voice made a difference!

EPA is challenging the environmental review of Nemadji Trail Energy Center. Last year, we asked you speak out to stop a federally subsidized loan sought by Dairyland Power Cooperative to help fund the Nemadji Trail Energy Center. And you responded.
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Fuel cell hydrogen truck engine.

Under the Lens: Hydrogen fuel cells as a carbon-free energy source

Given the pressing need to quickly decarbonize our energy sources, we need to consider all types of carbon-free energy—including lesser-known sources like hydrogen fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel cells combine pure hydrogen gas with oxygen to produce energy. The only byproduct of this reaction is water vapor.
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Wisconsin Capitol Building

Holding our environment hostage: NRB chair’s abuse of power supported by state Supreme Court

In a controversial June decision, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court voted 4-3 to allow Scott Walker-appointee Fred Prehn to remain on the Natural Resources Board long after the end of his term, effectively cementing a Republican majority on the environmental policy-setting board.
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Installing a StormGUARDen at a Milwaukee home

Innovative stormwater solutions in Milwaukee

Green infrastructure practices like building bioswales around parking lots and streets to capture polluted storm runoff, using permeable pavers in parking areas, and installing rain gardens, cisterns, rain barrels and green roofs help reduce the risk of flooding and keep our waterways healthy.
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Staff scientist Paul Mathewson works with summer science interns

Clean Wisconsin’s Science Program makes a difference

We often say that Clean Wisconsin’s advocacy is grounded in science, but what does that mean in practice? We’ve found that upholding this commitment requires investment in trained professionals who can bridge the big gap between science and policy—a science program. In fact, the science program is Clean Wisconsin’s secret sauce.
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