State Energy Mandates Will Affect Your Investments and Our State

Immediate Action Required!

Because most people understand global warming legislation kills jobs for no good reason, the Governor’s global warming legislation has been renamed the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” (AB 649/SB 450). The bill is being pushed now even though evidence of global warming has been seriously discredited and its proponents are in retreat worldwide.  

 A recent study of the Wisconsin Global Warming Bill by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute shows that it will:

 • ADD $16 BILLION IN UNNECESSARY COST TO WISCONSIN INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES 

  • LEAD TO 43,000 WISCONSIN JOBS LOST  

Congress and other states are backing away from these mandates, Wisconsin should too. If a bill must be passed it should:  

• Let utilities decide how to meet the goals in the most cost effective way. We have a Public Service Commission to approve any proposal. Let them work without strings attached.  

• Encourage green energy from wherever it can be produced the most cheaply to save consumers money.  

• Encourage all options for clean, safe power, including nuclear. Completely end the Nuclear Moratorium. Even President Obama supports the expansion of nuclear energy!  

• Not force Wisconsin utilities to buy energy from power producers who haven’t shown the commitment to Wisconsin that our utilities have.

• Only require utilities to provide renewable energy that doesn’t raise rates or threaten their ability to reliably provide energy whenever it is needed.  

These decisions are being made right now. The legislative process will end in April. Make your voice heard today by calling your legislator at 1-800-362-9472 or click here to use WUI PowerLines.

More International Warnings on Global Warming Waste

One of the most wasteful elements of Wisconsin’s global warming bill (AB 649/SB 450) is the Advanced Renewable Tariffs (ARTs) provision, other wise known as “feed-in tariffs.”

The provision would force Wisconsin utilities to pay a premium for energy generated by, among other things, small home wind turbines or photovoltaic solar panels.  Wisconsin utilities currently purchase a limited amount of this energy voluntarily.  The bill would mandate that utilities purchase this expensive, inefficient energy and pass the cost on to retepayers.

A look at the failure of “feed in tariffs” in Europe could save Wisconsina lot of expenses and headaches.

“So while the electricity you might generate from large wind turbines and hydro plants will earn you 4.5p per kilowatt hour, mini wind turbines get 34p, and solar panels 41p. In other words, the government acknowledges that micro wind and solar PV in the UK are between seven and nine times less cost-effective than the alternatives.”

Global Warming Advocates Ignore Reality of Nuclear Energy

 

“A new type of nuclear reactor—smaller than a rail car and one tenth the cost of a big plant—is emerging as a contender to reshape the nation’s resurgent nuclear power industry.”

Talking to advocates for Global Warming regulation, like the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” currently before the Wisconsin Legislature, one is continually amazed at their reliance on technologies that have yet to be conceived. 

Yet, most refuse to acknowledge real advances in nuclear technology that make Wisconsin’s Nuclear Moratorium objectively ridiculous.  Continuing this moratorium in their bill calls into question whether they really believe global warming is the crisis they say it is.

This Wall Street Journal article is about nuclear reactors the size of a house that can be buried at existing nuclear or coal plants to produce safe, emission free energy for at least 60-years at a reasonable cost.

“The first units likely would be built adjacent to existing nuclear plants, many of which were originally permitted to have two to four units but usually have only one or two. Down the road, utilities could replace existing coal-fired power plants with small reactors in order to take advantage of sites already served by transmission lines and, in some cases, needed for grid support. Like any other power plants, these small reactors could be easily hooked up to the power grid.”

The company that developed this system has been making similar units that have been safely operating in American nuclear submarines for decades.

The technology could be approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the next several years. 

“While large reactors are built on site, a process that can take five years, the mPower reactors would be manufactured in Babcock & Wilcox’s factories in Indiana, Ohio or Virginia and transported by rail or barge. That could cut construction times in half, experts believe.”

Tell your elected representatives to oppose any global warming bill that doesn’t encourage nuclear energy in Wisconsin.  Use WUI PowerLines to make yourself heard!

Wisconsin Leaders at Odds With President on Nuclear

“Our competitors are racing to create jobs and command growing energy industries. And nuclear energy is no exception.” – President Obama, February 16, 2010

“Promising “this is only the beginning,” President Barack Obama announced more than $8 billion in federal loan guarantees Tuesday for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the United States in nearly three decades.”

Those new jobs will be in Georgia.

That’s right, Georgia will get hundreds of permanent highly paid jobs, thousands of construction jobs AND $8 billion that will actually impact carbon emissions in their state.

Why not Wisconsin?

Good Question.

They call the Global Warming Task Force Bill the “Clean Energy Jobs Act” (SB 450/AB 649) but continue to effectively ban clean energy and jobs from nuclear energy.

Wisconsin’s archaic ban on new nuclear energy keeps our state from competing with progressive states like Georgia.

“Obama’s budget proposal for 2011 would add $36 billion in new federal loan guarantees to $18.5 billion already budgeted but not spent — for a total of $54.5 billion.”

Click here to access PowerLines and send a message to Governor Doyle and your other state elected officials!

Worm Turning on Global Warming Mandates

Amid scandal and “science” that has been proven false, global warming mandates are beginning to fall under their own weight.

Arizona’s Governor has issued an Executive Order pulling out of a multi-state effort to regulate “greenhouse gas emissions.” The Western Climate Initiative was a powerful coalition including seven states and four Canadian Provinces.

The action by Arizona shows how the popularity of these expensive, job-killing mandates is falling.

“…she [Arizona Governor Brewer] made it clear in an executive order that Arizona will not endorse the emission-control plan or any program that could raise costs for consumers and businesses.”

As other states back away from costly global warming mandates, the danger grows that a Wisconsin global warming bill could make us unable to attract new jobs.  The more states that pass global warming laws like the one Wisconsin is considering, the better states like Arizona look to growing businesses.

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