The Nature Conservancy Supports Clean Energy Jobs Act
MADISON, WI | April 15, 2010
The following is a statement from Mary Jean Huston, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.
The Nature Conservancy applauds the recently amended Clean Energy Jobs Act. This legislation will result in substantial greenhouse gas emissions reductions and also takes a big first step in beginning to address the potential for agricultural and forest-based activities to help reduce carbon impacts.
While the impacts of climate change will vary from region to region, it is clear that almost every place on Earth will be affected. In Wisconsin, climate change is expected to have the following impacts:
- Declining water levels and ice cover on inland lakes and the Great Lakes and resulting changes in habitat and species
- Shifting forest habitat and shrinking of hemlock spruce and fir-dominated northern forests
- Increasing water temperatures resulting in the decline of cold-water fish populations including trout and whitefish
- Loss of winter recreation experiences such as ice fishing, skiing and snowmobiling
- More extreme heat, floods and storms
To begin to address the most severe and initial impacts, it is critical that the Clean Energy Jobs Act be approved and implemented as soon as possible.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org