Evers sustainability plan promises 40,000 jobs and energy independence

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – The Evers administration predicts its new sustainability plan will create tens of thousands of new jobs in the state by the end of the decade and reduce energy and gas prices in the state, while reducing Wisconsin’s dependence on energy that is not produced in Badger State.

The plan, which the administration describes as a first for Wisconsin, promises to create about 40,000 jobs, according to a statement from Gov. Tony Evers’ office. It also provides for a vocational training and apprenticeship program targeting “innovative industries and technologies”.

“My friends, the cost of doing nothing is far too high. Whether it’s farmers, manufacturers, or our outdoor recreation industry, Wisconsin’s economy depends on fresh air, clean water, and fertile land,” Evers said in a statement. communicated. He added that the people of Wisconsin owe it to their children to leave them “a better life and a better world than the one we inherited.”

The Evers administration argues that the amount of federal dollars sent to states throughout the pandemic provides what it described as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to implement its energy and sustainability agenda.

The plan was developed in conjunction with the state’s Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy, an agency Evers created during his first year in office. The executive order creating the OSCE also set a target date of 2050 for the state to achieve 100% carbon-free energy by mid-century.

“Over the past two years, the OSCE team has worked to create a collaborative pathway to address emissions in our state, and I look forward to implementing this plan and continuing to work. with partners across the state to support sustainable local economies, environmental justice, and direct action to address climate change,” Evers continued.

The statement from the governor’s office predicted that climate change will cause energy prices to rise as Wisconsin residents face the wild temperature swings predicted by climatologists. The administration noted that renewable energy costs have reached an all-time high, which the administration says makes this an opportune time to invest and reduce energy prices in the future.

Evers claimed the state could generate more revenue for clean energy projects if it captured the $14 billion sent out of state, citing a figure from the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. He did not specify what proportions of the $14 billion went to other states or overseas.

“By expanding and accelerating the production of cheaper, cleaner energy like wind and solar here in Wisconsin, we can keep our money here at home rather than relying on unpredictable markets often disrupted by foreign leaders. and conflict,” Evers said.

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