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Wisconsin Plan Proposes a New Economic System to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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  • Mike Neuman
    Wisconsin Plan Proposes a New Economic System to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions To reduce its contributions to global warming, Wisconsin is considering
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7, 2007
      Wisconsin Plan Proposes a New Economic System to Reduce Greenhouse
      Gas Emissions

      To reduce its contributions to global warming, Wisconsin is
      considering adopting a new economic system for the state that
      supplements the annual incomes of citizens who drive less (or don't
      drive at all), fly less (or not at all) and use less energy, per
      capita, in their homes.

      Under the "Wisconsin Conserves Now" plan", citizens are rewarded up
      to a maximum of $8,400 a year by the state if they don't drive, fly
      or obtain energy from fossil fuel combustion derived sources over the
      year they are enrolled in the program. The money citizens earn is in
      addition to the money they save by not purchasing unnecessary fuel or
      electricity. The annual reward gradually diminishes with more
      vehicle miles being driven or flown over the year, and with more
      therms of energy used in the home.

      Under the Wisconsin plan, the State of Wisconsin obtains the funds
      for the program by raising tax rates on transportation fuels and on
      fossil fuel derived electricity. Additional sources of funding is
      accrues from the state not having to over invest in costly
      transportation and power plant infrastructure and the cost of
      maintaining unnecessary facilities.

      To read more about the Wisconsin plan, see "Conserve, NOW!" file, at:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/climatechangepolitics/files/

      See also:
      http://madison.indymedia.org/feature/display/55384/index.php
      Contact: Michael.Neuman@... or call 608-266-5428.
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