Hongrui Jiang speaks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.
As we’ve heard on our Project Milwaukee series this week, Wisconsin utilities are required to generate 10 percent of their electrical power by renewable sources – such biomass, wind – and solar. That last source has been harnessed for decades. But only recently have its costs come down enough to make wider-spread use more appealing.
The first of 55 new buses that are part of an upgraded Milwaukee County Transit system fleet have been put in service. The vehicles feature new styled diesel engines that emit 80 percent less particulate matter and 95 percent less oxides of nitrogen. The MCTS began modernizing its fleet with new bus purchases in 2010. By later this year, there will be 235 new vehicles in the fleet that totals 420 buses. Other features of the new buses include:
The state Senate has approved major changes to Wisconsin’s unemployment insurance program. Tuesday’s vote fell along party lines. Republicans approved the legislation; Democrats opposed it. The changes include higher weekly payments and a requirement that participants apply for four jobs a week, rather than two. The bill also eliminates instances when people can quit jobs and receive unemployment and gives the state access to personal bank accounts – if the fund pays an individual too much. Democrat Lena Taylor fought the banking provision.
The Doomsday Clock measures the likelihood the world will end from nuclear war, global warming or biosecurity problems. So, it might be ironic that many climate scientists think a key to protecting the planet … is nuclear energy. It’s a dichotomy that is getting a hard look from at least one Wisconsin researcher.