Climate change is real and fossil fuels are destroying our environment. Wisconsin has a unique opportunity to help lead the nation in moving to a self- sufficient renewable energy economy. This is an economy that will create good paying high tech jobs for the 21st century. We should immediately start moving towards increasing the production of wind mills, solar farms, and zero-emissions vehicles in our state. Additionally, we should help train our workforce to take on this transition away from the pollutants that are causing us so much harm.
Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and frac sand mining produces vast amounts of air and noise pollution, ground and surface water contamination, the triggering of earthquakes, as well as substantial hazards to public health and the environment. To date the states of New York and Vermont have banned fracking and Maryland enacted a moratorium on fracking through 2017 as they study the environmental impacts of the practice. Wisconsin should ban frac sand mining in our state as it releases Crystalline silica into the air during frac sand mining which is a carcinogen and can cause silicosis, an incurable lung disease that can lead to death, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. We need to act fast if we want to preserve Wisconsin’s clean water, air, state forests, beautiful landscape, and natural resources for our children and our grandchildren.