- The Clean Energy Jobs Act, legislation geared towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions and boosting the state’s green economy appears to be dead after Democrats in the State Assembly failed to take up the legislation in an all-night session that began late Tuesday night and went into Wednesday morning. Governor Jim Doyle was quick to criticize opponents of the legislation, issuing a statement saying, “I see (opponents) as defending the coal industry and the natural gas industry and the petroleum industry, none of which are creating jobs in Wisconsin.”
- In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Senator Russ Feingold issued a statement honoring the founder of Earth Day, Wisconsin’s own Gaylord Nelson:
“There are few members of this body, past or present, who have left such a valuable legacy. Today I’m proud to help celebrate that legacy with a resolution in the House and Senate celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and its founder. And as we look ahead to the many challenges we face, we can draw strength from the example Gaylord set for us all. He drove tremendous change, and, with Earth Day, created a new momentum that has been critical to so many efforts to protect the health of our environment.”
- While Sen. Feingold is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and wants to honor its founder, let’s not forget that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terrence Wall believes global warming is “hogwash.” The fact that Wall believes global warming is “hogwash” is no surprise, given the fact that during an appearance on WVCY’s “In Focus” program earlier this year, Wall noted, “I think that um, I’m, I am not at all, believing one cent of this whole global warming thing.”
Considering Terrence Wall doesn’t know the difference between weather and climate (as he demonstrated during his appearance on “In Focus”), I hardly think he’s in any position to say with any certainty whether global warming is believable or not, but as the Democratic Party of Wisconsin pointed out in a press release issued yesterday, NASA scientists reported in January that the last 10 years were the hottest decade in over 2,000 years, with 2009 being the second warmest on record.