Public Comment on The Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming Strawman Proposal - June 13

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Public Comment on The Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming Comprehensive Strawman Proposal Received on June 13, 2008 Comments from Page Zalman Saperstein 1 Mike Cundiff 1 Chuck McCall 2 sandra frye 2 Troy Thompson 3 Pat Allen 4 Geraldine Brylski 4 Thomas Pigneguy 4 Philip A. Korth 4 ken bargender 5 Kathy Trochlell 5 Don Merlin 5 Janet and Marlowe Nortrom 6 Vincent Lebrun 6 Clifton Peterson 6 Katherine Katter 7 Thomas D. Larson 7 From: Zalman Saperstein Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 6:32 PM To: DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS Subject: GWTF Support passage of the GWTF proposal-- it is time to face reality! Thanks Zalman P. Saperstein Fish Creek WI -- Zeep From: Mike & Kathleen Cundiff Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 7:03 PM To: DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS Subject: Global Warming Draft Comments As a Wisconsin resident and member of the Sierra Club I'm concerned that Wisconsin's draft Global Warming Task Force Proposal doesn't go far enough. Specifically, the Global Warming Task Force proposal should contain: • Numeric global warming reduction targets based on the most current, sound science Page 1 of 8 • Mandatory early action to reduce global warming pollution • Home-grown clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to address global warming in Wisconsin I hope you make the necessary changes. Mike Cundiff Menomonie, WI From: Chuck & Jan McCall Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 7:09 PM To: DNR GLOBALWARM TF ...

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Public Comment on The Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming
Comprehensive Strawman Proposal
Received on June 13, 2008
Comments from
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Zalman Saperstein
1
Mike Cundiff
1
Chuck McCall
2
sandra frye
2
Troy Thompson
3
Pat Allen
4
Geraldine Brylski
4
Thomas Pigneguy
4
Philip
A. Korth
4
ken bargender
5
Kathy
Trochlell
5
Don Merlin
5
Janet and Marlowe Nortrom
6
Vincent Lebrun
6
Clifton Peterson
6
Katherine Katter
7
Thomas D. Larson
7
From:
Zalman Saperstein
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 6:32 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
GWTF
Support passage of the GWTF proposal-- it is time to face reality! Thanks Zalman P. Saperstein
Fish Creek WI
--
Zeep
From:
Mike & Kathleen Cundiff
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 7:03 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Global Warming Draft Comments
As a Wisconsin resident and member of the Sierra Club I'm concerned that
Wisconsin's draft Global Warming Task Force Proposal doesn't go far
enough.
Specifically, the Global Warming Task Force proposal should
contain:
Numeric global warming reduction targets based on the most current,
sound science
Page 1 of 8
Mandatory early action to reduce global warming pollution
Home-grown clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to address
global warming in Wisconsin
I hope you make the necessary changes.
Mike Cundiff
Menomonie, WI
From:
Chuck & Jan McCall
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 7:09 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Strawman proposal
This proposal does not go far enough, fast enough to address the critical threat of global warming
in Wisconsin.
Specifically, the Global Warming Task Force proposal should contain:
Numeric global warming reduction targets based on the most current, sound science
Mandatory early action to reduce global warming pollution
Home-grown clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to address global warming in
Wisconsin
Wisconsin needs to take aggressive measures, starting immediately, to reduce global warming
pollution by 80%. We can't afford to wait any longer to act on this seroius problem that has far
reaching impacts on our economy, ecology, and public health!
Chuck McCall
From:
sandy
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 7:18 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
conserving fuel, energy independance
I firmly believe that Nation Wide we need to reduce the speed limits on all highways.
The savings in fuel
usage would be great.
I also firmly believe that the current administration has a do nothing attitude and
will not take the steps necessary to address the current oil crisis.
That leaves only the Governors to take
the necessary leadership and reduce the speed limits in their states.
I would love to see a media blitz
nation wide to push for conservation,
4
ten hour work days for government employees, stopping
Saturday mail delivery, reducing unneccesary travel, and increased use of teleconferencing.
I would also
like to find out why the United States isn't aggessively pursuing alternative energy.
If India can run their
desiel trains on oil from the jatropha weed, (noneatable biofuel), and New Zeal Land plans to fly a 747 on
that same weed oil where is the United States in pursueing this type of biofuel usage.
Brazil is energy
independant using e-85 from sugar cane.
Is the United States so beholden to big oil companies that it
doesn't have a say so in its own future.
We are truly a third world, debtor nation and going down into the
morass at a very fast pace.
sandra frye
phillips wi
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From:
Thompson, Troy
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 7:35 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Transportation templates/policy
Hello,
Thank you for an open forum.
I would really like to see, as others, the "California" emissions
requirements for vehicles in our state.
I also support the idea of a 60 MPH speed limit on highways.
My
reasons are really about the carbon emissions or increased fuel economy although I realize that's the
goal.
It's more about cutting down the number of crazy high speed drivers on HWY 41.
Additionally, if
the speed is lowered, then one would potentially have to break the law in order to gain anything over
transit time with inter-city train service linked to bus service.
I have been to Europe many times and have
NEVER had a rental car, only once have I been unable to get where I wanted to go.
If I would have
planned a bit earlier, I would have been able to accomplish the visit to the small village that was way off
the beaten path.
If we have frequent local bus service and properly timed inter-city rail service we'll all
benefit.
Most people won't take rail because they believe it's not timely.
I ride the Amtrak Hiawatha every
few months in order to do business in Chicago or even for a weekend trip to see the big city.
I drive from
Oshkosh to Milwaukee's downtown station…why can't I get on at Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, or even
Appleton have stations and be part of the connection?.
If there were train service between some point up
here and Milwaukee I'd do that all the time.
The Milwaukee/Madison line has been on the table for far to
long.
Connect the cities at the airport and provide bus service downtown…lets get that done.
The two
largest cities should be connected!
I realize there is action but we need to be started on the next phase -
Milwaukee to Green Bay!
I often take the train even when driving would be identical or even longer…because when I'm alone I can
be productive in a train.
In an automobile, I have to drive!
Let's get started by adding an incredible gas
tax ($2-$3/gallon, phased in over a couple of years) and quickly build transit options or improve existing
options. Improving rail might reduce idle times for freight too, if trains can move efficiently then freight and
people transport both win.
The end result is cost effective and "green" transport of goods and people.
If
there are less freight trucks on the highways they too might last longer.
With better rail, the trucks would
be making shorter runs.
Car sharing should be more available.
This allows people to live in metro areas and minimize their
expense and works well when convenient transit options exist.
As mentioned previously, I travel to
Chicago regularly.
If I have to do business out of the downtown area I use Zip Car [EXIT DNR]
www.zipcar.com
and it works well.
The UW at Oshkosh has a parking problem and yet no car sharing
exits.
That is a State institution…the State should lead by example and make more car sharing available
for students.
This will promote mass transit and again minimize carbon footprint.
If one has a car, it is
easy to use it for everything.
Perhaps a bicycle rack next to the Zip Car location would be helpful too,
that’s really sending the message.
Use the bike when on campus and use the car when you need to
venture off.
Thank you for your work on all of these areas and the many more you have solicited and conceptualized.
I look forward to an even greener state!
Troy Thompson
IT Director
Faith Technologies, Inc.
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From:
Pat Allen
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 7:38 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
please include
Please include:
Numeric global warming reduction targets based on the most current, sound science
Mandatory early action to reduce global warming pollution
Home-grown clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to address global warming in
Wisconsin
Pat Allen
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
From:
Gerry
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 8:15 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Global Warming
If it isn't apparent that we are dealing right now with the effects of global warming in our state ie
flooding, excessive rain, colder than usual weather predicted for the next few months.
We can't wait for
the Washington folks to get a handle on it they are all either being paid off or in denial.
Wisconsin has
always been a leader let's dig in and put together some programs to save energy, make our companies
start retooling their businesses so the emissions are governed.
Regards,
Geraldine Brylski
From:
Thomas Pigneguy
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 8:24 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Global Warming
All I can list are my wishes. All this should have been started 100 years ago, when Ford
and Daimler were planning to 'stink' up the air.As for factories as long as we have
Congress and presidents who push back clean air acts.--- As for cars, if they would
work on a LONG
lasting(charge wise) battery. Or make converting to ( I am 83
and just
can't remember the name of the fuel that just causes water to drip out of the tail
pipe????I worked at Walt Disney World and their busses ran on the fuel.
I
am afraid with
millions of cars
I can not see that anything can be done, in my time
anyway.You see, it is but a wish!
From: Philip Korth
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 8:24 PM
To: DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject: Comments
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It is crucial for states like Wisconsin to develop a plan to reduce our
carbon footprint and to reduce our destructive impact on the environment
A
plan is the beginning.
Clear and forceful steps to implement that plan must
be a priority of state and local governments, particularly since the federal
government's legislative efforts have been stymied by interests who do not
believe global warming is a problem--despite a clear scientific consensus has
warned us about it for over a decade.
Please exercise you governmental
authority to advance such a program.
Philip
A. Korth
Clayton, Wi
From:
ken bargender
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 8:26 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Global Warming Task Force comment
Did you see the cold and long winter we had. It was terrible so before you go making a committe
for global warming ask yourself this, Is global warming actually exist!
From:
Kathy Trochlell
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 8:43 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
GWTF-take a stand
Please,
The recently released Strawman proposal is not strong enough to combat global warming.
What
the earth needs is numeric global warming reduction targets based on the most current and sound
science. Wisconsin needs clean energy. We are so obviously at the cusp of either turning this
around or making an abysmal failure and you can be part of the solution. Yes, it is true that
warming is on its way and changes have already started but we can minimize the damage-lets
really be
aggressive
about this. Kathy
Trochlell
From:
Don Merlin
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 8:49 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Global Warming Task Force
DNR Management,
We in the State of Wisconsin have always been forward looking. While some of the things we are going to
have to do are going to be painful, the long term results will benefit not only our children but the future
generations of our kind.
Use the best scientific information available and do not let political or corporate interests sway you from
doing the job we need you to do. Good luck, we are counting on you to do what is right not what is
expediant. The Global Warming Task Force proposal does not go far enough to address the widespread
repercussions of global warming and needs to be redone.
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Sincerely,
Don Merlin
Blair, WI
From:
Janet Nortrom
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 9:32 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Global Warming
Dear DNR officials,
Global Warming is a big concern of ours.
I do feel we need to work fast, and not 10 years from now set up some global warming restrictions, we
need to make changes immediately and I would like our government to help make this happen.
Janet and Marlowe Nortrom
Shorewood, Wisconsin 53211
From: Vincent Lebrun
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 9:57 PM
To: DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject: Not adequate.
The Global Warming Task Force proposal should contain:
* Numeric global warming reduction targets based on the most current,
sound science
* Mandatory early action to reduce global warming pollution
* Home-grown clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to address
global warming in Wisconsin
From:
Clifton Peterson MD
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 10:45 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Global warming
Dear Sirs:
I believe that CO
2 increase follows global warming, and does not occur at the time of global warming.
Mainly it results from CO 2 released from the warmer waters of the ocean--maybe becoming maximal a
few hundred years later.
I believe that the current warming is at the rate of about 1 degree F. per hundred years, not the
cataclysmic warming that has been foretold.
I believe that scientific literature leaves out data inconsistent with their alarmist position. such as failure of
the IPCC to include summary paragraphs indicating that none of the studies cited has shown clear
evidence that we can attribute the observed climate changes to increases in greenhouse gas, and no
study to date has positively attributed all or part of the climate changes to man-made causes.
I believe that the immense damage of the New Orleans and adjacent areas were caused mainly by man-
made shortcomings in design of levees, etc., and thus by flooding and immense local government
failings.
I believe the prediction for more numerous hurricanes following Katrina has been proven to be false by
the failure of these hurricanes to appear as predicted by the same scientists who proclaim with
certainty that the weather changes will be calamitous.
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etc. etc.
Please study the record of your false predictions and re-commit Science and Nature to
publishing articles that currently do not fit with your false predictions.
Cordially,
C. E. Peterson, M.D.
From:
Katherine Katter
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 9:12 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Global Warming Targets
Wisconsin needs to take aggressive measures, starting immediately, to reduce global warming
pollution by 80%. We can't afford to wait any longer to act on this seroius problem that has far
reaching impacts on our economy, ecology, and public health!
Specifically, the Global Warming Task Force proposal should contain:
Numeric global warming reduction targets based on the most current, sound science
Mandatory early action to reduce global warming pollution
Home-grown clean energy and energy efficiency solutions to address global warming in
Wisconsin
Katherine Katter
From:
Larson,Tom
Sent:
Friday, June 13, 2008 12:06 PM
To:
DNR GLOBALWARM TF COMMENTS
Subject:
Comments on
I am submitting comments on the proposed “Transportation and Funding Option.”
Please
contact me if you have questions.
Thanks.
**********************************************
Thomas D. Larson - Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
Wisconsin REALTORS Association
Madison, WI
June 13, 2008
To:
Governor’s Global Warming Task Force
From: Tom Larson, Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs
Re:
Comments regarding the “Transportation and Funding Option”
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On behalf of the Wisconsin REALTORS® Association (WRA), I am submitting the following
comments on the proposed “Transportation and Funding Option.”
In general, the WRA supports
incentives to encourage more efficient development patterns.
However, we have several
concerns about some of the proposed policies and the cost impact on new economic
development.
Our comments and concerns on the specific proposed policies are outlined below.
Transportation funding for compact development
– The WRA supports creating financial
incentives for new and innovative development patterns.
We supported the creation of the
“Smart Growth Dividend” fund in the original comprehensive planning legislation, and we
support reinstating the WisDOT funding of this program.
Complete streets
– The WRA supports the inclusion of safety provisions in road projects for
pedestrians, bicyclists and transit vehicles where appropriate.
However, such provisions must be
sensitive to increased development costs and should be accompanied by financial incentives,
where possible. Increased road and development costs have a direct impact on the cost and
affordability of housing.
Development Impact Transparency and Concurrency --
Requiring any new development
that receives state economic development assistance to go through a Vehicle Miles Traveled and
Greenhouse Gas Impact Statement would increase the costs of economic development and
appears to ignore other factors that influence development patterns such as land costs and
government regulations.
Furthermore, prohibiting any new development that “will cause a
roadway to exceed its rated capacity-or will further strain a roadway already above capacity”
unless capacity improvements are made within one year of the development’s opening suggests
that any benefits from new housing, commercial, or industrial development are automatically
inferior to other improvements necessary to expand existing roadways.
Moreover, this provision
ignores the fact that a roadway “already above capacity” has a current deficiency unrelated to the
proposed development.
Parking
--
The WRA supports the creation of model parking ordinance that reconsiders
mandatory minimum parking for retailers and that better accounts for access to on-street parking.
Economic development
-- Tax increment financing (TIF) is one of the only economic
development tools that Wisconsin communities have to compete in a global marketplace.
Additional incentives, rather than restrictions, should be created to increase the effectiveness and
use of TIF.
Growth accommodation
– The WRA supports the creation of additional incentives for local
governments to allow compact development and redevelopment.
If you have questions, please contact me at _____________.
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