Donate here to help us put up a billboard in downtown Madison calling out Walker's climate denial, and the cost of his inaction on Wisconsin.
Scott Walker just might be the worst of the Seditious Six governors rebelling against President Obama's Clean Power Plan. Walker's track record of anti-environment programs is as long as anyone's, and his climate denial and support for the fossil fuel industry is unmatched.
Walker has called the Clean Power Plan "a blow to Wisconsin residents and business owners."1 and warned that electric bills would skyrocket. But the truth is that Wisconsin has a lot of options — including boosting renewables and energy efficiency — to meet its carbon-cutting target without jeopardizing the power grid.2 But rather than preparing for the new climate rules, Gov. Walker seems bent on stonewalling them.
In Wisconsin alone, air pollution exacerbated by climate change and dirty power sent 19,000 people to the emergency room in 2011 and caused the death of 2,454 of Walker's constituents in 2008.3 The American Lung Association says that the EPA's proposed rules will prevent up to 3,600 premature deaths and 90,000 asthma attacks.4 Is Walker really willing to risk the lives of Wisconsinites - especially its children, elderly and most vulnerable - by refusing to take action and clean up his state's power plants?
That's the question we need to put to the people of Wisconsin. Their lives, health and economy are at stake if Walker continues to refuse to act on climate. But without your support, they won't hear the truth until it's too late. We need to get our message out now before the Seditious Six, and Walker in particular, can derail our action on climate. Donate here to help us put up a billboard in downtown Madison calling out Walker's climate denial, and the cost of his inaction on Wisconsin.
In January, Walker announced that his new attorney general was already preparing a lawsuit against the EPA, a move that was lauded by the Wisconsin director of the Koch Brothers-backed group Americans for Prosperity.5
It's only the latest collaboration between Walker and the Koch bros, who for years poured money into groups that cast doubt on the science of climate change.6 In 2011 and 2012, David Koch and Americans for Prosperity spent $11 million backing Walker's agenda and his successful effort to avoid being recalled.7
And Walker shows no signs of defying his Koch-dealers. When the Clean Power Plan was announced, he tweeted: "Obama's plan should be called the Costly Power Plan because it will cost hard-working Americans jobs and raise their energy rates. -SW"8
Walker and the rest of the seditious six might make friends with the climate-denying Kochs, but they're off base in their assessment of the Clean Power Plan's economic impact for two reasons: First, building tons of clean energy and making improvements in energy efficiency will SAVE the average American $85 per year, not increase electricity prices. Second the solar industry already employs more than twice the number of people who work in coal mining, so Wisconsin and other states will grow their economies even as they cut costs and protect public health.1
But I don't need to convince you that the Clean Power Plan is in our best interest. We need to convince Scott Walker's real bosses: the voters of Wisconsin. And to do that, I need your help right away. Click here to donate $15, $50 or whatever you can to help us tell Gov. Walker to act on climate!
Thanks for all you do,
Sally and the Clean Power team at Environmental Action
1. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: EPA Clean Power Plan bad for business. Wisconsin Gazzet. December 2, 2014.
2. Tim McDonnell. Will Obama's Climate Plan Really Cause Blackouts? Mother Jones. February 26, 2015,
3. Matt Land, Tyson Cook, Keith Reopelle. Cutting Carbon Works for Wisconsin. Clean Wisconsin. April, 2015
4. Lung Association Applauds Clean Power Plan for Its Health Benefits. American Lung Association. August 3, 2015.
5. Nick Novak. Gov. Scott Walker, AG Brad Schimel Ready Lawsuit over EPA Regulations. MacIver News Service. January 19, 2015
6. Kate Sheppard. Inside Koch's Climate Denial Machine. Mother Jones. April 1, 2010.
8. Scott Walker. Twitter. August 3, 2015