Madison – WMC Energy and Environment Policy Director Eric Bott said: “EPA’s onslaught of new air regulations threatens to drain the lifeblood of Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector – affordable energy. WMC applauds Governor Walker and Attorney General Schimel for fighting to keep manufacturing competitive in Wisconsin and to protect the pocketbooks of all Wisconsinites from skyrocketing utility bills.”
Governor Walker’s Comments Regarding the EPA from his SOTS Address:
Top-down regulations and mandates from the federal government get in the way of innovation and growth in Wisconsin and states like ours.
Therefore, I am working with our new Attorney General to prepare a lawsuit challenging the newly proposed federal energy regulations. These proposals could have a devastating impact on Wisconsin because we are so heavily dependent on manufacturing.
According to recent reports, we could lose tens of thousands of jobs in our region, and ratepayers could see an increase of up to 29 percent. We will fight to protect Wisconsin’s hard-working families.
Instead of fighting with states like Wisconsin, the federal government should work with us to find reasonable alternatives. We can be both environmentally and economically sustainable.