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Governors Unveiling Plan to Take Energy out of the ‘Dinosaur Age’

November 15, 2007

Milwaukee, WI – A bipartisan group of Midwest governors is releasing a multi-state plan to reduce fossil fuel use, cut greenhouse gas pollution, and create jobs in "new energy" industries, with a focus on energy efficiency and clean energy. Charlie Higley with the Citizens Utility Board says governors in other parts of the country have already taken similar action, and the Midwestern states can make a big contribution in the fight against global warming.

"It's important for governors in the Midwest states to try to deal with this issue, in part because nothing is happening in Washington."

Higley says the governors' plan will do more than cut pollution; it will also create jobs in alternative energy production, lower utility costs for consumers, and prompr more efficient use of energy overall.

"Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to deal with energy pollution issues. It can definitely help reduce energy bills for households, but we also believe that the development of renewable energy in the long run will help stabilize, maybe even reduce, our rates for electricity and natural gas."

He says it's important that the group agrees on a set of measurable targets for reducing energy use, cutting pollution, and developing clean energy sources. The summit includes Governor Doyle, as well as the Governors of Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan, and the Premier of Manitoba.

Rob Ferrett/John Robinson, Public News Service - WI