September 19, 2008Client Alert

Governor Doyle's Global Warming Task Force Approves Final Report

In April 2007, Governor Jim Doyle created the Task Force on Global Warming by Executive Order 191. The Task Force brought together a prominent and diverse group of key Wisconsin businesses, industry, government, energy and environmental leaders. After examining the effects of, and solutions to, global warming in Wisconsin, the Task Force created a state plan of action to reduce our state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In July 2008, the Task Force recommended in its final report that Wisconsin should drastically reduce GHGs by mid-century, use more biofuels, consider offshore wind farms and set up new auto emission standards. Key Task Force recommendations included:

  • Cutting GHG emissions to 2005 levels by 2014, trim then by 22% by 2022, and further cut by 75% in 2050;
  • Participating in designing a federal or regional GHG cap-and-trade program;
  • Creating a single agency to track GHG data and efforts to control emissions;
  • Increasing the availability and use of renewable biomass and biofuels for electricity, heat and transportation needs;
  • Reducing GHG emissions by using anaerobic digestors to produce biogas and/or electricity from animal methane;
  • Studying the potential for offshore wind in the Great Lakes and establishing statewide wind farm site standards;
  • Considering nuclear power; and
  • Setting up GHG emission standards for cars, light trucks and SUVs while promoting hybrid and electric vehicles.

Most of the proposed policy recommendations will require an act of the State Legislature before they can be implemented. The Governor has indicated that he hopes the recommendations are drafted and passed as one package once the Legislature returns next year.

For more information about the Task Force recommendations, please contact either David Crass at

*Resource Materials:

Executive Order 191
Wisconsin's Strategy for Reducing Global Warming [PDF 3.7MB]
Highlights of the Final Report [PDF 34KB]

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