Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Will the legislature annex Canada?

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Governor Jim Doyle, desperately trying to save his global warming bill, tells another whopper:

Doyle said Tuesday that the bill up for a vote in the Assembly would actually lower costs for electric rate payers and create jobs. His comments came after he spoke at an event honoring the upcoming Earth Day.

Concerns over possible rate hikes have been floated by businesses opposed to the bill and Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker. The bill must pass both the Assembly and Senate before it would get to Doyle.

Doyle says the more energy that can be produced in Wisconsin would lower the amount being spent on petroleum, coal and natural gas purchased from outside the state.

It is true, of course, that whatever energy is produced in Wisconsin will not need to be purchased from elsewhere. Of course, the bill allows for hydroelectric power from Canada to be included in the renewable energy portfolio. And then, of course, we’ll get wind power from Iowa.

And of course, Doyle doesn’t mention that using renewable energy is more expensive, either. Just because it’ “made in Wisconsin” (or Iowa or Canada), doesn’t mean that it’s cheaper.

But don’t let science, including geography and economics, get in the way of passing this bill, right?

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