Conservation Advocates Deliver Petition Signatures to Sen. Ron Johnson
Wisconsinites Share Their Concerns with Johnson
MILWAUKEE, WI — Today, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters and coalition partners urged Senator Ron Johnson to support the Clean Power Plan and delivered petition signatures and letters from constituents. Congress could soon be considering a vote on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
The petition delivery coincides with League of Conservation Voters and Environmental Defense Fund Action’s $1.6 million dollar ad campaign during the month of September aimed at Johnson’s destructive environmental policy.
Jonah Hermann, communications director of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, said “Over the past few weeks, we’ve talked to Wisconsinites in their communities and are finding that people are concerned about Johnson’s inaction on climate change. Today we are sending a clear message to Senator Johnson that residents of the Badger State are in favor of the Clean Power Plan. In poll after poll, we are seeing a solid majority of Wisconsinites recognize that climate change is a real problem, and its time that Senator Johnson hear them out.”
The Clean Power Plan is a commonsense approach to combat climate change that will reduce carbon emissions by 32% over the next 15 years. The plan would also result in 90,000 fewer asthma attacks, 3,600 fewer premature deaths, prevent 300,000 missed school and work days, and create tens of thousands of clean energy jobs.
Hermann added, “The facts are clear that the Clean Power Plan would lower the health risks for our citizens and create clean energy jobs. However, Senator Johnson has led the fight to allow unlimited carbon pollution and must be held accountable for his destructive environmental policy.”
All signatures collected have been in person at local community events and the group plans to deliver more signatures to Johnson’s other regional offices in the coming weeks.
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.