WI – Emissions? A little bit won’t do jack…

Posted on December 20, 2007. Filed under: Uncategorized |

JS Online likes to show a nice graphic and article saying how if everyone helped a little we can “save a lot”…    These may seem like small and insignificant measures to help small families in local communities… however the average “sprawl lifestyle” with a 3,000 sqft home on a “clear cut” archer of land with two SUV’s in the driveway can make a BIG difference with these little suggestions.

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Graphic/David Arbanas (Click to enlarge )

More importantly they state: Coal-fired plants are the most polluting way to generate electricity – contributing to air quality issues and public health problems. Coal plants also are the leading contributor to rising emissions of carbon dioxide. 

 

In regards to lowering emissions: “It’s clear that some of these things are going to be easy, and some of these things are going to be pretty much impossible” for U.S. or state governments to implement, said Christopher Damm, a Milwaukee School of Engineering researcher who is forming an advanced energy technologies laboratory at the college.

“Efficiency measures are going to be the most cost-effective way to cut emissions in the near term,” Damm said.

 

George Meyer, former secretary of the state Department of Natural Resources, says Wisconsin already is years behind in curbing emissions because it failed to implement global warming action plans in the 1990s.

Bruce Nilles, a Sierra Club lawyer, agreed. Wisconsin needs to move more quickly to shut down coal plants and embrace alternative energy sources, he said.

“Right now, we take our energy dollars and send them to Wyoming to buy coal,” he said. “We just need to decide as a state that we want to lead in reducing our wasteful energy practices. It’s not about doing with less – it’s about being smarter with what we have.”

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