REPORT CARD: Trump Gets an F in Wisconsin; In November, He’ll Get an L

Washington, D.C. – As Trump visits the Badger State and Wisconsin voters head to the polls, we want to remind you how Trump’s anti-worker and climate-denier agenda hurt Wisconsin’s burgeoning clean energy economy and polluted freshwater resources that Wisconsinites depend on. Under President Biden’s leadership, Wisconsin’s electric vehicle manufacturing and battery storage industries are seeing a surge in investments. New clean energy projects have already spurred $920 million in investment in the state and helped create or move forward over 1,000 good-paying clean energy jobs. 

“During Donald Trump’s presidency, he catered to Big Oil’s demands at the expense of Wisconsin families,” said Climate Power communications director Alex Glass. “Trump gutted the clean energy industry, rolled back critical protections that kept our air and water safe and ignored science as climate disasters worsened. President Biden’s clean energy plan, on the other hand, is revitalizing communities, investing in auto manufacturing, and tackling the climate crisis head-on.”

FAIL: Trump’s EPA refused to regulate toxic chemicals like PFAS in water supplies across the state. Scientists have linked PFAS to kidney and testicular cancer, hypertension, and other diseases. Despite objections from career scientists and local officials, Trump’s EPA also made exceptions for Foxconn Technology Group to build a plant in Racine County, exacerbating smog pollution levels. 

FAIL: Trump imposed tariffs on solar, tried to eliminate the electric vehicle tax credit, and prevented the leasing and planning processes for renewable energy projects – raising costs for Wisconsinites.

FAIL: During his presidency, Trump repealed Obama-era clean car standards that would have saved families money at the pump and protected wages for workers nationwide. The cancellation was estimated to cost Wisconsin over $427 million per year. Trump’s climate-denier policies would decimate Wisconsin’s auto industry.

FAIL: As Trump continued to deny the reality of the climate crisis, Wisconsin was one of eight states most affected by the historic Midwest flooding, one of the costliest U.S. inland flooding events on record that caused $11.4 billion in damages. Scientists believe worsening climate change caused the floods, which marked the worst flooding in the Green Bay area since 1990.