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sensitivities that will need to be run to establish reasonable ranges of outcomes for confident decision making by Wisconsin legislators. Wisconsin joined the Climate Registry, a voluntary national initiative to track, verify, and report greenhouse gas emissions, with acceptance of data from state agencies, corporations, and educational institutions beginning in January 2008.

Wisconsin lawmakers have enacted a minimum renewable electricity standard that requires utilities to provide 22 percent of the state's power from renewable sources by 2011. To meet this goal, the Wisconsin Public Service Corporation installed 14 wind turbines in Kewanee County that are expected to provide enough electricity for 3,600 homes and generate tax revenue. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory also estimates Wisconsin as having the solar potential to provide electricity generation.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is the agency responsible for carrying out state conservation programs. Reforestation, soil erosion, and wildlife management are the principal concerns of conservationists in Wisconsin.

sEE ALso: Climate Change, Effects.

BIBLioGRAPHY. Forestry and Agriculture Work and Department of Natural Resources, www.wisconsin.gov; Alfred N. Garwood, Weather America Latest Detailed Climatological Data for Over 4,000 Places and Rankings (Toucan Valley Publications, 1996); Walter A. Lyons, The Handy Weather Answer Book (Visible Ink, 1997); National Wildlife Federation, "Global Warming and Wisconsin" (April 24, 2007).

LYN MlCHAUD Independent Scholar

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