State of the State: Governor’s Environmental Priorities on Track

, By Clean Wisconsin

MADISON — After monitoring Wednesday evening’s presentation of the State of the State address by Governor Doyle, Clean Wisconsin issued the following statement applauding two key environmental elements of the speech.

“We are pleased that passing a Great Lakes Compact with strong protections and adopting global warming solutions are two of the Governor’s highest environmental priorities,” said Keith Reopelle, Program Director for Clean Wisconsin. “Governor Doyle understands the impact that these issues have on Wisconsin’s environment and economy.”

Clean Wisconsin applauds the Governor for stating that Wisconsin must shoulder the responsibility of providing strong protections for Lake Michigan. Ratifying a Great Lakes Compact is critical to protecting Wisconsin’s greatest natural resource which is the foundation for a large portion of the state’s economy.

Governor Doyle also prioritized global warming solutions in his remarks. This is consistent with his leadership in creating the Wisconsin Task Force on Global Warming, as well as his leadership as Chairman of the Midwest Governor’s Association in producing the Midwest Greenhouse Gas Accord, a commitment by six states to regulate global warming emissions through cap and trade regulation.

“Governor Doyle has moved Wisconsin forward on this important issue,” said Reopelle. “A similar effort by our neighbors to the south in Illinois resulted in modeling that showed that a cap and trade program to regulate global warming emissions will result in more jobs, higher economic productivity, and lower energy bills.”

We hope that Wisconsin’s legislature will follow Governor Doyle’s lead on these important issues.