Legislation affecting Wisconsin's Environment

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  • Legislation affecting Wisconsin's Environment

    1. 1. A Report from the State Capitol: Wisconsin’s Environment Shahla Werner, Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter 222 South Hamilton St, #11, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 256-0565 http://wisconsin.sierraclub.org shahla.werner@sierraclub.org
    2. 2. Fall 2010 Elections = Bad News for Conservation• Supreme Court makes disastrous Citizens United decision in 2010, defining corporations as people, money as speech, allowing unlimited spending• Mid-term elections brought Ron Johnson to the US Senate, heartbreaking loss of Sen. Russ Feingold• Governor Walker, and anti-conservation majorities take the WI State Assembly and Senate• Many freshmen “tea party” / ALEC legislators with no prior political experience. Vote strongly along partisan lines, ask very few questions during legislative hearings
    3. 3. What Ever happened to Climate Change Action?• Federal climate bill fails in 2010, leaving states and EPA to tackle problem• Good AND bad news: 2010 elections not about environment• Utilities, and politicians stop serious discussions of solutions as alarming trends continue, including melting glaciers, rising temperatures, flooding, unprecedented fires, and drought
    4. 4. Wisconsin: Early Warning Signs: Late 2010- Early 2011Gov. Walker campaigns on returningfederal high speed rail funding; Doylehalts construction; Despite bipartisanpublic outrage, Walker cancels projectthat would reduce transportationemissions, create thousands of jobs, andconnect citiesGov. Walker appoints former Racinedeveloper and State Senator Cathy Steppas DNR Secretary.Gov. Walker introduces Special Sessionon “Jobs” that attacks workers’ rights,guts isolated wetland protections, killswind jobs, and gives him unprecedentedcontrol over administrative rules
    5. 5. Attacks on Clean Water• Wetlands Deregulation Bill ( 2011 Act 118, April 2012): Allows for mitigation (aka habitat destruction) too early, creates general permits, limits DNR’s permit review time and oversight, deletes ASNRI (areas of special natural resource interest) wetlands• Bergstrom Wetlands Bill (2011 Act 6, Feb. 2011): Creates special exception to isolated wetlands law for Brown Co. developer• Boondoggle Bridge (2011 Act 30, July 2011): Allows Wisconsin to spend $300 million on bridge across Wild & Scenic St. Croix River
    6. 6. A Bad Budget & Transit AttacksState Budget (2011 Act 32, June2011): Eliminates Regional TransitAuthorities, Repeals increased EnergyEfficiency funding, Office of EnergyIndependence, Green to Gold, CutsTransit 10%, Recycling 40%,Stewardship 30%Senate Joint Resolution 23: Restrictsgas tax revenues to roads only, prohibitstransit, clean transportation funding.Wisconsin’s constitution will be amendedif this bill passes again next LegislativeSession and it is approved by voters in astatewide referendum.
    7. 7. Attacks on Clean EnergyStatewide Wind Siting RulesSuspended: Although the legislaturerepealed wind standards, 4 majorprojects were canceled: Invenergy’s150MW Ledge; Mid West Energy’s 98 MWStony Brook; Alliant’s 100 MW GreenLake & Acciona’s 50 MW ChiltonProjectsOutsourcing Clean Energy Jobs (2011 Act 34, July 2011): Allows large,out-of-state hydroelectric power (mostlyfrom Manitoba) to count towards ourrenewable energy portfolio standards
    8. 8. Attacks on Resources & Public ProcessGTAC Mining Bill (DEFEATED): Guttedsafeguards for open pit taconite mine nearLake Superior. Would have rushed permits,allowed waste in historical areas, sensitivewater and land habitats, eliminated publicinput, and shortchanged communitypayments.Polluters over People (2011 Act 167, April2012): Reduces public input, rushes, andlimits review of shoreland permits – partialdefeat!Governor Makes the Rules (2011 Act 21,May 2011): Governor Walker can delay orblock agency rules needed to implement laws,requires cost/benefit analysis, justification formaking rules stronger than surrounding states
    9. 9. Attacks on Clean Air• Dirty Air Bill (2011 Act 121, March 2012): Prohibits DNR from setting carbon monoxide air pollution standards• Factory Farm Fumes Bill (2011 Act 122, March 2012): Prohibits WI from setting standards for hazardous air pollutants (like hydrogen sulfide) for CAFOs
    10. 10. Attacks on Science-Based Natural Resource Management• Wolf hunting bill (2011 Act 169): Allows hunting during breeding season statewide, trapping, use of dogs – Lawsuit underway Deer hunting bill (2011 Act 50): Gets rid of Earn A Buck, critical to reducing deer browsing needed for forest regeneration & reducing chronic wasting disease spread• Water Disinfection Prevention Bill (2011 Act 19): Prohibits DNR from requiring water disinfection in local communities, needed to protect drinking water from bacteria, virus contamination.• Watch for more attacks on science in 2013!
    11. 11. 2011- 2012 Legislative Session: Hyper-Partisan & Horrible for Conservation• 49 members of the State Assembly Score a 0% on Sierra Club’s environmental scorecard; only 25 / 99 score 100%• 16 members of the State Senate Score a 0% on Sierra Club’s environmental scorecard, only 2, Fred Risser and Lena Taylor, score 100%• For details, see Sierra Club’s 2011-12 Legislative Scorecard
    12. 12. Good News: We Live to Fight Another Day!We defeated mining bill, scaled backPolluters over People to stop lakebeddredging, rubber stamping highcapacity wellsWe defeated bills that would havekilled wind energy, allowed utilities tobuy outdated renewable creditsWe preserved collective bargainingfor transit workers, kept transit in theTransportation Fund in the budgetBills to repeal Wisconsin’s smartgrowth law and weaken phosphoruslawn fertilizer ban failed.
    13. 13. Good News: We fought back in Elections!Jessica King (Oshkosh) and JenniferShilling (La Crosse) elected to StateSenate; Randy Hopper and DanKapanke recalledDave Hansen, Bob Wirch, and JimHolperin survive recall attempts; DaleSchultz stands up for constituentsJohn Lehman defeats Van Wangaardin RacineWe scared the bejesus out of bothparties with populist protests at theState Capitol!
    14. 14. 2013: Metallic Sulfide Mining Moratorium Under AttackCounter ideas used to justify mining insensitive areas (we use the metals inproducts, jobs, better to mine here thanareas with low standards)Remind legislators of reasons for currentlaw, protects water from acid mine drainage.Flexible waste disposal rules, groundwaterrules, and trust fund levels needed to meetspecific project needs. Issuing a final permitprior to master hearing would be like givingout a law degree before someone passes thebar exam.Ensure Wisconsin is Open for 21st CenturyBusiness: Recycling, Transit, RenewableEnergy, Energy Efficiency, Tourism
    15. 15. 2013: The Next State BudgetKeep Transit in TransportationFund, restore and increasetransit funding, reduce runawayhighway spendingProtect Stewardship andRecyclingProtect Agency budgets;preserve enforcement ability
    16. 16. 2013: Clean Water Policy & Enforcement NeededPush DNR to implement NutrientManagement Rules to controlPhosphorus, Nitrogen pollution(NR 151, NR 217)Push DNR to enforce laws on books,enact stronger waste spreadingrestrictionsEnhance groundwater protection;don’t gut high capacity well permitprocess; allow DNR to assess waterimpacts, more springs protection
    17. 17. 2013: Clean Energy Policies NeededRenewable Portfolio Standards (RPS): Requires utilities to get 10% ofelectricity from renewable sources by 2015. Most utilities have already metgoals; We need to at least double the RPS to ensure continued cleanenergy jobs! We also need to stop clean energy attacksEnergy Efficiency: We need to restore Focus on Energy funding; includegoals to save 2% of electricity per yearIncentives for small-scale distributed renewables: Power PurchaseAgreements (Choice); Net Metering, Community RenewablesOffshore Wind Policies: Bottomlands leasing, MOU
    18. 18. Wisconsin Lags Behind Other States with Renewable Energy Standards• 30 states have a renewable energy standard.• MN and IL have enacted a 25% RES by 2025.• Iowa gets over 20% of its electricity from wind.• The following states, ranked by RPS percentage and date, have a mandatory RPS percentage (Iowa and Texas have a MW goal): Maine: 40% by 2017 Oregon: 25% by 2025 Montana: 15% by 2015 Hawaii: 40% by 2030 Vermont: 25% by 2025 Massachusetts: 15% by 2020 California: 33% by 2020 West Virginia: 25% by 2025 Washington: 15% by 2020 Connecticut: 27% by 2020 New Jersey: 22.5% by 2021 Missouri: 15% by 2021 New York: 25% by 2013 Delaware: 20% by 2019 Arizona: 15% by 2025 Illinois: 25% by 2025 Colorado: 20% by 2020 North Carolina: 12.5% by 2021 Minnesota: 25% by 2025 New Mexico: 20% by 2020 Michigan: 10% by 2015 New Hampshire: 25% by 2025 Maryland: 20% by 2022 Wisconsin: 10% by 2015 Nevada: 25% by 2025 Pennsylvania: 18% by 2020 Ohio: 25% by 2025 Rhode Island: 16% by 2020 Sources: Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Renewable Portfolio Standards, December 14, 2009; North American Windpower, April 15, 2009. Windfall for Green Energy In Iowa.
    19. 19. Wisconsin is Lagging Behind Our Neighbors in Wind Energy
    20. 20. What do we Need to Do to Win?Education: Film screenings, outings, rallies, brochures, petitions,websites, press releases, letters to the editor, expert speakers. We needto dispel clean energy myths, propel facts about real public health impactsof coal and potential for renewables to revitalize rural Wisconsin.Collaboration: clean energy businesses (WEBA), mayors, tribes, labor(BlueGreen / Apollo Alliance), students, farmers, low-income advocates,faith and other stakeholders: The 99%Lobbying: Meet with legislators and Public Service Commission (PSC)agency staff to expand Wisconsin’s clean energy goals and incentives,vote for clean energy champions 11/06, submit clean energy questions tocandidatesElections: Vote November 6! Volunteer for and donate to environmentalcandidates!
    21. 21. Questions? Shahla Werner, DirectorSierra Club – John Muir Chapter 222 South Hamilton St, #1, Madison, WI 53703 (608) 256-0565http://wisconsin.sierraclub.orgshahla.werner@sierraclub.org

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