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Renewable energy gets support from La Crosse area lawmakers as a way to provide jobs



La Crosse area legislators are speaking out on the need for more renewable energy.

Democratic State Sen. Brad Pfaff and Assembly Rep Jill Billings took part in a roundtable forum Thursday at Western Technical College on clean energy jobs.

Pfaff said keeping energy sources affordable can help provide jobs in the area and maintain the economy.

“The continued development of renewable fuels, and having more renewable fuels within our overall energy mix, will make sure that we can continue to have an affordable, reliable, and dependable electricity,” Pfaff told those attending the forum, which also was streamed.

The national Inflation Reduction Act recently passed by Congress is expected to help employment and the environment in the state.

Billings said a shift away from fossil fuels would make the state healthier.

“It’s expected that the clean energy plan will cut air pollution by enough to avoid 100,000 asthma attacks, and nearly 4000 deaths a year,” Billings said.

Panelists at the energy conference also argued that Wisconsin needs to catch up with others in the use of renewable energy.

The forum at WTC was moderated by former Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who was the Democratic frontrunner that ran for US Senate against Republican Ron Johnson last year.

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. walden

    October 27, 2023 at 12:29 am

    The 100,000 asthma attacks is a national number which was concocted by the White House; not sure about the source of the 4,000 reduction of deaths figure. The article makes it sounds like these are figures for Wisconsin, which they are not.

    What I do know is that their made-up 4,000 death reduction number pales in comparison to the 100,000+ deaths from drugs due to Democrat open border policies.

  2. Lucenut

    October 27, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    This headline should read ‘Renewable energy gets support from La Crosse area lunatics as a way to provide more government handouts”.

  3. Chip DeNure

    October 29, 2023 at 5:36 am

    It’s a hoax that fewer and fewer people believe.

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