GOP aims to rein in DNR scientists who rebelled on climate change

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Two years ago, Walker cut 18 DNR researchers amid complaints that their research on climate change, pollution and wildlife habitat were controversial and unneeded. Now in the current budget, the science services bureau is being dissolved and its remaining scientists moved to program offices that use their research. > Wisconsin State Journal

Democratic lawmakers call on Walker to join U.S. Climate Alliance

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Dozens of Democratic state lawmakers — 35 representatives and 11 senators — are calling on Gov. Walker to commit to developing a state-based plan to fight climate change and create green jobs. The lead authors of the letter are Rep. David Bowen (D–Milwaukee), Sen. Chris Larson (D–Milwaukee), and Rep. Jill Billings (D–La Crosse). > WisconsinGazette.com

Grothman backs Trump pulling out of Paris Climate Accord

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U.S. Congressman Glenn Grothman applauded President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Grothman contends the nation’s air and water are cleaner than they were a generation ago, so Trump was right to question staying in the agreement. “I was glad that Donald Trump had the guts to say no.” > Wisconsin Radio Network

Johnson calls mankind’s effort to combat climate change ‘arrogant’

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Sen. Ron Johnson said last week there’s little point to remaining in the Paris Climate Accord: “I’ve always questioned, why do we as men with our arrogance – men and women – think this is the sweet spot that we’ve got to spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to maintain this temperature,” said Sen. Johnson. > WKOW Madison

Rep. Shankland’s Earth Day bills aim to publish climate change info, restore scientist positions

State Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point) wants to require the DNR to publish climate change information on its website and in its magazine, as well as to reinstate scientist research positions there were cut in the 2015-2017 budget.  >  WSAU Wausau