Dane County executive asks local leaders to accelerate efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Dane County executive asks local leaders to accelerate efforts to reduce carbon emissions
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A new national report highlighting the environmental and economic dangers posed by climate change has been released, and in response, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi is calling on local government leaders to accelerate efforts at reducing carbon emissions.

“Based on the recent news out of Washington D.C. in the past few days, it’s clearly incumbent upon us all to take the reins on the issue of climate change and demonstrate the leadership needed to mitigate the impacts of flooding, extreme heat, and drought that even the President’s administration now says will be prevalent in our future,” Parisi said in a release. “The scientific debate on climate change is over; what’s left is a political debate propped up by corporations and politicians who profit from the use of fossil fuels.”

Parisi initiated a countywide effort to convert Dane County vehicles to run on cleaner-burning, compressed natural gas generated by rotting trash at the county landfill, according to the release.

That effort has resulted in the conversion of 70 county vehicles to fuel that reduces carbon emissions, officials said. By the end of next year, Dane County will have converted nearly half of its entire fleet of snowplows.

Starting early next year, those plows and other vehicles will benefit from Dane County’s new bio-gas production plant being constructed at the county landfill, according to the release.

Officials said Dane County continues to lead the state and region in solar development, culminating with the recent announcement of a partnership with MG&E to construct a solar field on more than 40 acres of county-owned land next to the Dane County Regional Airport.

These projects are an effort of Dane County’s Climate Change Council, which continues modeling how to further the county’s carbon-reducing work to other local governments and the private sector, according to the release.

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