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La Crosse is “Ready for 100” in energy goals



Mayor Tim Kabat speaks about carbon-free energy goals on Tuesday at La Crosse City Hall

La Crosse is being recognized for getting ahead of the state and federal governments in promoting clean energy.

The city has been declared ‘Ready for 100,’ meaning that it will try to be 100 percent free of carbon fuels within 30 years.

Local Sierra Club representative Patrick Wilson said La Crosse is the fifth city in Wisconsin to join the program.

Wilson explained during a news conference Tuesday at La Crosse’s city hall that one goal is “to start eliminating climate change by committing to 100 percent clean energy in La Crosse” by the year 2050.

The La Crosse city council voted last week to adopt the sustainability goal of carbon-free energy.

That effort includes solar power projects at the La Crosse Center, the airport and other government properties.

“We’re not going to necessarily wait for standards or goals to be set at the federal or state level,” La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat said Thursday.

Kabat personally committed to a sustainable energy program for the city years ago.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also 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. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Janette Dean

    July 16, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Yes, we supporters including youth were elated to be part of the crowd today to thank the LaCrosse City Council and Sustainable La Crosse Commission! La Crosse now joins the Wisconsin cities of Eau Claire, Madison, Middleton and Monona in having a 100% Renewable Energy goal, and Milwaukee is working to be next! In La Crosse, we will also keep pushing for 100% achievement even earlier than 2050, but these important incremental goals get us started, and momentum will propel us to surpass target dates a.s.a.p.! This is the main segment of the adopted resolution 19-0471: “WHEREAS, Mayor Kabat has signed the Mayors for 100% Clean Energy Endorsement supporting the goal of 100% clean, renewable energy in our city and is a member of the bipartisan Climate Mayors, committed to adopt, honor and uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of La Crosse that it adopts the following sustainability goals: 1) Achieve municipality and community carbon neutrality by 2050 with incremental drawdown targets of 5% by 2020, 20% by 2025, 30% by 2030, 45% by 2035, 60% by 2040, 80% by 2045, and 100% by 2050. 2) Obtain 100% renewable energy by 2050 for the municipality and city, utilizing all available economic incentives and technical assistance. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a 2015 greenhouse gas baseline will be used to evaluate progress.”

  2. Greg

    July 17, 2019 at 6:34 am

    A bunch of brainwashed idiots.

    • Matt

      July 17, 2019 at 8:20 am

      I agree with you 100%.

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