The U.S. military, NASA, and 97% of climate scientists agree: climate change is real, it’s a problem, and it’s past time we do something about it.
Here in Wisconsin, we are already experiencing how climate change negatively affects our public health, our lakes, and our agricultural economy. Yet U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says he doesn’t see the connection between carbon pollution from human activity and climate change.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with our partners at Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters to run a high-profile campaign called “Climate Action Wisconsin,” demanding Senator Ron Johnson stop denying climate change and start taking action. 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, 300,000 fewer missed school and work days, and create tens of thousands of clean energy jobs.
However, Senator Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel have all been vocal opponents of the Clean Power Plan. In Wisconsin, Scott Walker and Brad Schimel have joined with 23 other governors in suing the EPA over these rules. Wisconsin and Indiana are the only states in the entire Midwest who have refused to put forward a plan to meet the goals of the Clean Power Plan. In the U.S. Senate, Senator Johnson has sponsored a Senate Resolution that attempts to roll back the Clean Power Plan. The resolution is largely symbolic and wastes valuable time and taxpayer dollars.
Since launching our campaign, we have opened two brand new field offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee, engaged over 700 volunteers, and taken action over 5,000 times!