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Tuesday - December 26, 2017 8:15 pm

Local businesses looking toward renewable energy, as county board endorses carbon fee

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La Crosse County is taking a stand to fight against climate change.

Last week, the county board unanimously voted to endorse the idea of a national carbon fee aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels.

Supervisor Mike Giese said some large local employers could benefit from the suggested revenue-neutral fee.

"In La Crosse County, it could have a great deal of influence favorably for any entity that's migrating to non-fossil fuels, be it wind, solar or whatever," Giese said. "Trying to articulate a more direct relationship with power providers, municipalities and the county to help migrate towards a non-fossil fuel generation."

Even though some La Crosse city council members have balked at the idea of speaking out on national politics, Giese believes voters want the county board to weigh in on important issues.

There has been disagreement on whether topics like carbon emissions being debated by the La Crosse city council and county board, Giese said employers in the area will have to deal with the problem eventually. Some already are taking action, like Gudnersen, Kwik Trip, Trane and Chart, according to Giese.

"They've really staked a lot of their business future migrating towards non-fossil fuels," he said.





Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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