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Green energy can pump jobs into state

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LOGAN McLAUGHLIN
June 4, 2012
This is among commentaries submitted to The Gazette from students at Janesville’s Craig and Parker high schools who did field studies in either Washington, D.C., or Madison in Advanced Placement U.S. government courses taught by Joe Van Rooy.

Green energy influences the Wisconsin environment in a positive way. Green energy now accounts for around 16 percent of the world’s power, and the United States needs to lead the way and become a bigger influence on the expansion of renewable energy.


In 2011, about 6.22 percent of Wisconsin’s energy came from renewable sources. Steps need to be taken to reach the 10 percent goal by 2015. The most important actions needed to achieve this goal are to make the issue known to the public so residents can personally act on the issue.


Positive steps are already being made for green energy. Wisconsin ranks third in the nation for clean energy jobs per capita. Special interest groups help create jobs and more possibilities concerning green energy.


Katy Walter, a clean energy analyst for Clean Wisconsin, is very active regarding pro-environment activities. Clean Wisconsin organizes a voice around an issue and is a “huge economic driver in the state” with an impressive 100 percent return on investment, which is something the organization is very proud of.


Wisconsin should be involved in all possible renewable energies, such as wind, solar and hydroelectric, but the most practical form we should be using is biomass. This could help get rid of excess trash in dumps and turn it into energy.


Holly O’ Higgins at the Wisconsin State Energy Office says the best thing to do is “create ripple effects of behavior change, which creates real change.”



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