Governor Doyle's Global Warming Task Force to Meet Tuesday, Feb. 5
- Lots of new stuff being discussed here that didn't go through public
review. For example, below are some interesting recommendations from the
Low Income Group, a group that Global Warming Task Force Co-Chairs Roy
Thilly and Tia Nelson created last November to explore the impact and
determine if the impact could be mitigated:
Recommendations of the Low Income Group:
� State policy should ensure that low income communities are well served
by affordable and comprehensive transit systems, both within and between
� Within larger communities, a true workforce transit system (one that
allows frequent and easy access to home, work, childcare, school,
shopping, etc.) must be available to reduce the cost of transportation
for low income households.
� Care must be taken to invest both in the expansion of transit systems
to unserved areas (to encourage those populations to shift modes) and in
the improvement of existing systems, which are more likely to serve low
� Fares must remain affordable.
� Attention must be paid to the source of transit funding, and its impact
on low income communities. For example, the sales tax is a regressive tax
with a disproportionate impact on low income families. An income tax, on
the other hand, is more progressive.
� Any efforts around transportation demand management and land use
planning should specifically recognize the needs of low income workers
� Serious examination needs to be made of how to feasibly expand mass
transit systems and strategies into rural areas.
� Strong consideration should be given to funding at increased levels for
existing models, of growing popularity, which help low income households
purchase dependable cars for getting to work, etc. At a minimum,
financial incentives should be provided to these programs to make more
feasible the purchase of the most efficient vehicles, hybrids and other
future �green� models.
� It is critical that the State provide resources and implement an
allocation system which will provide additional funding to low income
houses to offset the increased prices in transportation-related
commodities, such as food and clothing. This can best be done by linking
increased funding to increased prices, as identified by the CPI or some
other measurement, and distributing funds through already existing
distribution systems, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or Electronic
� Anticipating increased food security burdens as a result of
transportation-related increases in the price of food, the State should
invest additional resources in food pantries and school meal programs.
SOURCE: Governor�s Task Force on Global Warming: Low Income Group
Of course they didn't even bother to mention the alternative proposal
that the state should provide financial incentives for people who drive
less (such as low income families), rather than continuing to spend
billion of public dollars every year on something that's bad for just
about everyone -- expanded highways and more bridges in the state. But
you can still read it at the Yahoogroup websites listed below [you have
to go to the website and click on "Files" in the left hand column of the
Conserve Now - Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Environmental
Costs by Offering Financial Incentives that Reward Less Driving, Flying
and Home Energy Use
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From: "Sayen, Nick W - DNR" <Nick.Sayen@...>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 18:05:40 -0600
Subject: Task Force Meeting - February 5, 2008
Global Warming Task Force Listserv Members-
This is a reminder that our next overall Task Force meeting will be
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This month's meeting is scheduled to take place in the Main Conference
Room at Wisconsin Public Power, Inc., 1425 Corporate Center Drive, Sun
Prairie. For directions to WPPI, please view the directions page on their
web site: http://www.wppisys.org/contact_us/default.asp?CategoryID=30.
The agenda includes: discussion of the Reference Case, discussion of a
draft interim report and updates from ad-hoc and work groups. A draft
version of the agenda is available on the 'Meeting Dates & Materials'
For more information, or if you need special accommodations to attend
this meeting, contact Nick Sayen, DNR, at (608) 267-2466 or
nick.sayen@.... Please continue to visit the Task Force website
(http://dnr.wi.gov/environmentprotect/gtfgw/) as we update Task Force
documents, Work Group meetings results and reference documents.
P Nick Sayen
Bureau of Air Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(() phone: (608) 267-2466
(+) e-mail: nick.sayen@...