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Doyle to Unveil Global Warming, Energy Plan Tonight

January 30, 2007

Governor Doyle will use tonight's State of the State address to unveil his plan to fight global warming, and replace fossil fuels with renewable resources made in Wisconsin. The plan calls for grants and tax incentives to promote conservation and clean energy, as well as a new task force to address global warming solutions. Keith Reopelle with Clean Wisconsin says making government buildings more energy efficient would be a good starting point for the new task force.

"If we would invest more in energy efficiency in our schools for example, that not only would reduce global warming emissions, it would also help with the local tax burden for schools and make our schools more efficient and economical."

Reopelle says the state could also tackle the energy problem with new efficiency standards for appliances, increased use of renewable energy for cars and electrical generation, and using utility rates as incentives to cut down on electricity use during peak-demand times.

"I think the governor is absolutely right when he says that Wisconsin could be a national leader in providing the goods and services that give us a more efficient and sustainable energy future."

He believes there's an economic argument for the Governor's plan, with the state's potential for wind and bio-fuel energy production.

"This is really critical for Wisconsin's natural resources, public health, but also important for our state's economy."

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - WI