Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Issues Statement on Clean Power Plan Lawsuit
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MADISON, WI — Yesterday, Wisconsin joined with 23 other states in a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to reverse the Clean Power Plan. Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Kerry Schumann issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:
“Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General Brad Schimel are once again wasting taxpayer dollars and valuable time by joining in on this lawsuit. A compelling majority of Wisconsinites believe that climate change is a real problem that stems from human sources. The Clean Power Plan is a commonsense approach that will reduce carbon pollution, lower health risks, and create countless clean energy jobs in Wisconsin.
What is even more concerning for our state is that the Governor has said that Wisconsin will refuse to put forward a plan by the EPA’s deadline next summer. The fact is, the case Walker, Schimel, and others have entered is a weak one, and is widely expected to fail in the courts. If the case fails, the EPA will present a plan to Wisconsin that the state will be forced to enact.
Governor Walker is allowing a group of lawyers in Washington, D.C. to decide Wisconsin’s clean air future and refusing to take advantage of the flexibility that the Clean Power Plan allows for. Scott Walker is setting Wisconsin up to fail and, yet again, allowing Wisconsin to fall to the bottom of the Midwest.”
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters has been engaging thousands of Wisconsinites in “Climate Action Wisconsin,” a campaign that calls on Walker, Schimel, and Senator Ron Johnson to take necessary steps to combat climate change.
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders, holding decision makers accountable and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that effectively protect Wisconsin’s public health and natural resources.
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