Friday, November 16, 2007

Wisconsin Business Leaders Are Bashing The Great Lakes Compact

More business leaders are promoting the idea that the pending Great Lakes Compact is bad for Wisconsin, reports the Daily Reporter.

The Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce have held firm to this position, and is now joined by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, says the Daily Reporter.

If they keep it up, and further delay the implementation of the Compact and its protections that help preserve Wisconsin's water resources, the Great Lakes will become more vulnerable to withdrawals to faraway states of these already-declining fresh water, economic assets.

These arguments are contained in the article with excellent commonsense commentary by several leading Wisonsin environmentalists, including Keith Reopelle of Clean Wisconsin and Jodi Habush Sinykin, of Midwest Environmental Advocates.

Reopelle and Sinykin were members of the ill-fated Kedzie Committee, the state's legislative study committee on the Compact.

That committee in 2007 was prevented from reporting out a draft Compact implementing bill by obstructionist tactics and rhetoric by Waukesha politicians and business leaders along the lines of those advanced by business representatives in the Daily Reporter article.

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