Small Businesses Overwhelmingly Oppose Cap-and-Trade Legislation

  The Wisconsin BizTimes reports that a vast majority of small businesses oppose pending federal cap-and-trade legislation. Key findings from the National Federation of Independent Business survey include: 66 percent of small business owners and managers oppose a federal cap-and-trade system while 24 percent are in favor of such a system. 54 percent of small […]

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Report: U.S. Senate Unlikely to Pass Cap-and-Trade in 2010

  Now that the Copenhage Climate Change Change Conference has ended without a major treaty, the question remains whether the U.S. Senate will pass climate change legislation. Congress earlier this year passed sweeping climate change legislation imposing a cap-and-trade program. A similar bill introduced in the Senate has since stalled. After a brusing debate over controversial health-care legislation, Politico.com is reporting that a number of moderate Senate […]

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Wisconsin Global Warming Bill Officially Unveiled

  After months of meetings and drafting, the global warming legislation has been officially released. The bill, 174 pages in length, would dramatically change energy consumption and Wisconsin’s economy.  Most notable are provisions adding a “low carbon fuel standard,” which is aimed at curtailing the use of Canadian crude derived from oil sands in Alberta, Canada. Wisconsin […]

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Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord Still Drafting Regional Cap-and-Trade Program

  The next few months are likely to be very active when it comes to climate change legislation. Wisconsin legislators are expected to unveil comprehensive climate change legislation in the next week that could prove to be controversial. Climate change legislation narrowly passed in Congress earlier this year, and is now being debated in the […]

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Obama Administration Set to Announce Endangerment Finding – Grants EPA Rulemaking Authority Under the Clean Air Act

  The EPA today is expected today to declare carbon dioxide (CO2) a dangerous pollutant, and thus hand the agency sweeping regulatory authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA). An endangerment finding under the CAA is the first step toward regulating CO2 and other greenhouse gases. The proposed endangerment finding will be issued under § […]

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EPA Proposes New Regulations for Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

  The EPA last week proposed to strengthen the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). The new rule is the first time EPA has tightened controls for SO2 since 1971. Specifically, the EPA proposes to replace the existing annual and 24-hour primary SO2 standards with a new 1-hour SO2 standard […]

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Governor Doyle Vetoes DNR Secretary Bill

Gov. Jim Doyle today vetoed AB 138, which would have removed the Governor’s authority to appoint the DNR Secretary and handed the authority to the Natural Resources Board. In his veto message, Gov. Doyle noted that the DNR Secretary is “an integral part of a Governor’s Cabinet, playing a regular and key role in interagency […]

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Study: Wisconsin Climate Change Proposals Will Be Costly

  The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI) this week issued a study titled, “The Economics of Climate Change Proposals in Wisconsin,” which analyzes the costs associated with complying with the various policy recommendations contained in Wisconsin’s Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming Final Report. The study predicts Wisconsin will lose 49,000 jobs over the next […]

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EPA Moves One Step Closer to Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  The EPA yesterday announced that it sent to the White House its final endangerment finding. An endangerment finding paves the way for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.  In April, the EPA announced its findings (and technical support document) that greenhouse gases threaten the public health and welfare. EPA’s […]

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Senate Passes DNR Secretary Bill, Governor Likely to Veto

The Senate yesterday passed a measure that removes the Governor’s authority to appoint the Department of Natural Resources Secretary, handing the authority to those appointed to the Natural Resources Board. The Senate amended AB 138 to allow the Senate to confirm the Secretary after he or she is appointed by the Natural Resources Board. Opponents […]

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