Tuesday, February 25, 2020

WI DNR says "climate change." Skies don't fall, and may get clearer!

Unlike the preceding administration which treated the subject as anathema, it's nice to see the WI DNR using the phrase "climate change" 
Smoke stacks from a factory. 

and applying it in the real world:
MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources awarded more than $750,000 to 40 projects aimed at improving Wisconsin's air quality and addressing climate change. 
The grants are for projects that fund the replacement or upgrade of older, higher-emitting diesel engines on school buses and construction equipment across the state with newer, cleaner technologies. One of the projects funds the purchase of zero-emission lawn mowers in the city of Eau Claire to replace aging diesel equipment. 
"While older diesel engines can be reliable, they pollute more than newer models," said Gail Good, DNR Air Program Director. "These projects will help improve the air quality in communities across the state." 
Diesel engines emit harmful pollutants, including fine particles that can lodge deep in the lungs and enter the bloodstream. These pollutants can contribute to serious public health problems, including asthma, lung cancer and various other cardiac and respiratory diseases. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to these impacts.
In addition to improving local air quality, these grants advance Wisconsin's efforts to address climate change and implement Governor Tony Evers' Executive Order #38 releating to clean energy is Wisconsin. Executive Order #38 calls on state agencies to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
Diesel engines emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, as well as black carbon, a compound that is a major contributor to global climate change. Since the transportation sector is responsible for nearly 30% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, reducing emissions from sources like diesel engines is necessary to effectively address this issue.
Visit our website for a complete list of the funded projects.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency funds the projects through the State Clean Diesel Grant Program which is part of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act. The DNR administers the grant and provides matching funds. The DNR anticipates the next round of State Clean Diesel Grant Program funding in the fall of 2020.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Really hoping that now that Cole has been confirmed he will get rid of the Walker appointees who are still causing havoc at the DNR. Start with the Secretary's Directors who do no supervision and are not technical experts on anything. They are highly paid political appointees who have been rewarded with jobs for helping the GOP get elected. Re-allocate those positions to help re-create Science Services. I would move on to get rid of all division administrators appointed by Walker too.