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Groups Commit to Reconvene Debate on Great Lakes Water Diversion PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Abby Kuranz, WiscCIC   
Friday, 22 April 2016 15:43

watertowerStates and Provinces Commit to Reconvene in May to thoroughly review Waukesha’s precedent setting diversion request.

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Russ Feingold on Earth Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Russ for Wisconsin   
Friday, 22 April 2016 15:29

clean-drinking-waterMADISON - Today is my granddaughter Sylvia's first Earth Day, and my grandson Izzy's fifth. When my grandchildren are older, I'll tell them all about how the late Senator Gaylord Nelson, from Clear Lake, Wisconsin, founded the very first Earth Day in 1970.

This year's Earth Day carries an important weight, one that wouldn't be lost on Senator Nelson. Leaders around the world are signing the Paris Agreement today. It's the most important agreement we've ever reached in the fight for climate action.

But despite the overwhelming scientific consensus, despite its very real and present danger, and despite the will of a clear majority of Americans, congressional Republicans -- including my opponent, Senator Johnson -- refuse to acknowledge that climate change exists. It's time for Republicans to wake up and act. Our children and grandchildren deserve no less.

Will you join me, the League of Conservation Voters, and several Democratic allies to call on congressional Republicans to take immediate climate action?

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Wisconsin has a long, proud history of conservation and environmentalism. We're proud of our beautiful lakes, our clean air, and our clean water. We know that our environment doesn't need to be sacrificed to appease out-of-state corporations. We also know that we can create a clean energy economy, one that creates good jobs right here in Wisconsin.

We must honor our legacy of environmental action by investing in our shared future, and that starts by acting to combat climate change. I hope you'll join me in demanding Senator Johnson and congressional Republicans act.

Add your name: Call on congressional Republicans to act on climate change today.

Thank you for taking the time to act this Earth Day.

Russ Feingold

 
State Should Fund Voter ID Education Campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Friday, 22 April 2016 11:48

votersEAU CLAIRE, WI - Representative Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) feels that the April 5th election proved why the Legislature needs to fund a public education campaign on Wisconsin’s Voter ID law. At least that's why he called on Legislative Republicans Thursday from this northwest Wisconsin town to fulfill their obligation through the Voter ID law to fund a public education campaign.

dana_wachs“There are many stories of people who had trouble voting or were turned away at the polls simply because they weren’t aware of the changes that were made," said Wachs. "At a time when we should be encouraging more voter participation, Legislative Republicans are making it significantly more difficult for people to exercise their right to vote."

Under 2011 Wisconsin Act 23, the Voter ID law, the state was supposed to fund a public information campaign which has still not yet occurred. Rep. Wachs is a co-sponsor of Assembly Bill 987, a proposal that would have provided $500,000 to the Government Accountability Board and the Elections Commission, one of its successor organizations, to conduct a public informational campaign related to the Voter ID requirements. This bill was not given a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and was not brought forward for a vote.

“I’m very disappointed with the lack of cooperation by the party in control to educate the public and encourage participation in our elections,” added Wachs. “It seems like all they care about is keeping their power and not listening to the will of the people. Voters in Wisconsin deserve better, and we must work to ensure that people can exercise this most precious right.”

 
Conservationists to Gather in Celebration of Earth Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by League of Conservation Voters, Jonah Hermann   
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 15:39

earth_day_globePresident Obama to Sign Historic Paris Climate Change Agreement on Friday, Green Bay celebration planned.


GREEN BAY, WI - The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters will celebrate Earth Day, as well as the signing of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, on Friday, April 22nd here in Green Bay. The last two years have been momentous for the fight against climate change, with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and now the Paris agreement.

However, the last two years also rank as the hottest years on record. Community leaders, conservation advocates, and local elected officials will highlight this contrast at the media event.

WHAT: Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters will host a media event to celebrate Earth Day and the signing of the Paris Climate Change Agreement by President Obama.

WHEN: Friday, April 22nd at 2:00pm

WHERE: Fox River Trail, Corner of Lawe Street and Adams Street, Green Bay, WI

WHO: Speakers will include State Representative Amanda Stuck, Brown County Supervisor Erik Hoyer, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters communications director Jonah Hermann, and community leaders who will share their stories of the very first Earth Day in 1970.

VISUAL: Attendees all plan to wear green to symbolize the importance of renewable energy.

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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.

 
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