Wisconsin’s Strategy for Reducing Global Warming

WI Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming
Posted on: 5/23/2019 - Updated on: 5/23/2019

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In February 2008, the Task Force issued an Interim Report to the Governor describing its work to date and making eleven important early action recommendations. The Interim Report was approved unanimously by the Task Force. As a result of these recommendations, the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have initiated five proceedings to begin to implement recommendations in the Interim Report.

This Final Report incorporates the recommendations in the Interim Report. This Final Report has been approved by the 29-member Task Force with three dissenting votes, as discussed later in this Report. Thus, it represents the recommendations of the very substantial majority of Task Force members.


The Task Force recommends the following short-term and long-term goals for reductions of GHG emissions to achieve Wisconsin’s proportionate share of reductions needed worldwide to minimize the impacts of global warming:

  • A return to 2005 levels no later than 2014
  • A 22% reduction from 2005 levels by 2022
  • A 75% reduction from 2005 levels by 2050

The Task Force believes that these goals are challenging, but achievable, provided that there is the political will to act promptly on recommended policies and individuals and businesses, recognizing the gravity of the challenge faced, take responsibility for voluntarily reducing their GHG emissions. 


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