Anything for jobs, including digging up and polluting everything in our state? Sure.
“Stand with Walker” conservative voters might roll their eyes after seeing Scott Walker’s name on the national League of ConservationVoters “Dirty Dozen in the States” list, but they should at least take note as to why. LCV is making a bigger statement about endangering our water supply, outdoor recreation and the massive state tourism industry.
“From letting polluters off the hook when they contaminate our water to making clean energy a thing of the past, Gov. Walker has made one thing perfectly clear: in Governor Walker’s Wisconsin, big polluters are rewarded – and the rest of us are left to pay the price,” said Kerry Schumann, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Executive Director. To name just some of the anti-conservation actions that put Gov. Walker on the Dirty Dozen in the States program:
Not only did Walker support the mining bill written by an out-of-state mining company that allows mining companies to expose our families to arsenic, lead, and mercury, but the company, Gogebic Taconite, secretly donated $700,000 to Wisconsin Club for Growth, a group actively supporting Walker.
Since Walker took office, enforcement against illegal polluters has dropped 45%. One of those illegal polluters, Herr Environmental, was treating fields with 300% as much human waste as their permit allowed, endangering 40 nearby drinking water wells.
Walker Blew it on Wind: One of Governor Walker’s first legislative goals was to throw wind farm development out the window by imposing extreme restrictions that would have suffocated Wisconsin’s clean energy future.
Trashing Recycling: Governor Walker sneaked a provision into his budget eliminating state recycling requirements and all funding for municipality and county-run recycling programs. In a rare occurrence, the members of the Committee chose to go against Walker’s recommendation, ultimately restoring recycling.
#6: Frac Attack: In Governor Walker’s Wisconsin, polluting frac sand mines are being let off the hook while Wisconsinites are left with dirty air and contaminated water … enforcement actions have dropped 55% from an average of 516 notices per year to just 233. (note: Only 30% of sand mines have been inspected).