State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
During the 2009-10 general legislative session, I served on the state Senate Select Committee on Clean Energy that examined proposed global warming legislation. There were four public hearings and well over 22 hours of testimony on the bill. Committee members heard various pros and cons from state agencies, businesspeople, and environmentalists.
Riveting and very damaging testimony during our final public hearing was presented by Paula Quinn of Hartland. Quinn is not an elected official, government bureaucrat, or member of any special interest group. Paula Quinn is a taxpaying, PTA attending mother of three.
Paula Quinn cited a study compiled by the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in
The Spanish “Study of the effects on employments of public aid to renewable energy sources” released during March 2009 says the claims made about “green jobs” in Spain and throughout Europe are the same that proponents are trying to sell in the United States today. The study bluntly asserts these policies are “terribly economically counterproductive” and that the “green jobs” agenda “in fact kills jobs.”
The most damning point of the study:
Gabriel Calzada, an economics professor at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and author of the study reports the premiums paid for solar, biomass, wave and wind power that are charged to consumers in their bills amounted to a $774,000 cost for each Spanish “green job” created since 2000.
The total subsidy
“In your consideration of this bill we do ask that you seriously consider how any actions you might take could either purposefully or inadvertently do harm to the benefits we both receive from the energy sector and other trade between our two jurisdictions.
The annual value of trade between
Alberta currently supplies you with almost 14,000 barrels of oil a day, and 76.4 billion cubic feet of natural gas per year.
Will this result in Wisconsin becoming more dependent on oil from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Venezuela, because we have cut off supply from our northern neighbors- our friends and allies?”
Why would we want to shut down our energy pipeline from a great neighbor and damage our relations? The proposed legislation would have imposed great pressure on
The massive global bill contained dramatic provisions that would have serious ramifications for international relations, trade, energy, our state economy and business climate. I am pleased the legislation died.