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Wisconsin Sec. of State Godlewski in La Crosse promoting electric buses in fighting climate change



Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski speaks at the MTU headquarters in La Crosse on July 28, 2023, to promote electric buses in the fight against climate change (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A hot and muggy summer in Wisconsin could help state residents pay more attention to climate change, and ways to make the air cleaner.

Wisconsin Secretary of State Sarah Godlewski joined activists and others at the MTU headquarters on Isle La Plume on Thursday, to promote the use of electric buses and other practices to help the environment.

Godlewski spoke about her 3-year-old son being disappointed on a recent smoggy day, when he couldn’t go outdoors.

“This is what kids in Wisconsin look forward to in the summer,” she said. “They want to spend time outside. But our air quality was so bad in Wisconsin, it was worse than places like California and China.”

Godlewski is supporting national standards for clean-running cars which could sharply increase the number of electric vehicles on the road within 10 years.

La Crosse’s experiment in using electric city buses has already gotten national attention, through a visit by President Joe Biden two years ago. MTU director Adam Lorentz says the city has plans to add to the two electric buses now on the street.

“It doesn’t end with these two buses here. Our plan in the future is to grow an electric fleet by at least three more in the next five years,” Lorentz told reporters.

The federal proposal calls for those electric vehicle standards to lead to a majority of new cars in the U.S. being electric by the year 2032.

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. Judy

    July 31, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    Ms. Godlewski should know better. Wisconsin has been plagued most of the summer by transient smoke from the Canadian wildfires. It’s not smog here in La Crosse, it’s smoke.

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