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La Crosse Council passes “climate emergency” resolution, despite concerns about language



Will passing a resolution on climate change bring any real change in the city of La Crosse? That question was brought up Thursday night, when the city council approved a statement declaring a “climate emergency” and calling for a reduction in habits that might hurt the environment.

Council president Barb Janssen was worried that some people might be turned off just by the title of the resolution.

“The people that are very, on the right, that are triggered by the word ‘climate change’ and ’emergency,’ they are the ones that we’re trying to reach,” Janssen said, “and they’re not gonna read past the title, and that’s unfortunate.”

Janssen called for more action instead of just passing a resolution, saying “a piece of paper doesn’t mean crap.”

Another council member, Mackenzie Mindel, defended the resolution, saying that it “will not force people to be regulated in their homes.”

“Nowhere in this resolution does it say that we will force people to drive EV’s (electric vehicles), or take buses, or set their thermostats…to a certain number,” said Mindel.

The vote to approve the new resolution was 9-to-4. Language in the declaration had already been changed to eliminate calls to stop using fossil fuels, instead calling for reduction of greenhouse gases.

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. Chip DeNure

    September 10, 2022 at 6:54 am

    Human caused climate change is an unmitigated hoax. There is no evidence for it. It is junk science. What a joke it is that so many people despising fossil fuels believe that EV’s are a solution to this non-problem… for the source of power for an EV is coal, a fossil fuel. As I have stated before, a belief in something for which there is no evidence is either foolishness or religion, not science.

  2. John

    September 10, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Why don’t you tell us which council people voted for and against. Your reporting is at best elementary.

  3. Kent

    September 10, 2022 at 8:46 am

    The only climate emergency we have in La Crosse is down at Houska park , they are ruining a perfectly good park that tax payers of la crosse can’t enjoy due to the drug use and alcohol abuse going on down there , and the Mayor turns a blind eye !!!

  4. Chip DeNure

    September 10, 2022 at 10:38 am

    I second John’s opinion. The names of the council members and their votes should have been listed in this story. So..here we have our council voting an ’emergency’ but taking no actions to deal with this ’emergency.’What nonsense. Those voting for the emergency have embarrassed themselves. Too bad WIZM didn’t tell us who they are.

  5. Chip DeNure

    September 10, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    A question for those viewing this comment: In May 2021, the County Board resolved that racism was a ‘health crisis’ but hasn’t done hardly anything since to abate this crisis. Now in September 2022, the city council has resolved
    that climate change is an emergency, but has taken no action to deal with the emergency. Which is more nonsensical, or are they both equally stupid?

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