People realize our community and our planet are at stake from burning coal and other fossil fuels. When BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager and Madison Gas and Electric’s second largest shareholder, calls on companies they invest in to act on climate change, the clarion call is clear -- clean energy is the best and most prudent bet.

The Madison City Council, responding to community demand for strong action on climate change, is poised to pass a resolution to power the city with 100 percent clean energy. Monona, Middleton and Fitchburg are likewise taking measures to reduce fossil fuel use. In the last 12 years, Madison has chosen to eliminate coal power plants in our community. Now community leaders and organizations, including some MGE shareholders, have made clear that MGE’s tepid plans and pilot projects fall short of our community values, and we want a strong and definitive plan for MGE to eliminate coal.

MGE has a new CEO, Jeff Keebler. What better opportunity to show that MGE is listening to its customers and shareholders than for Keebler to declare that MGE will end its use of dirty coal.

-- Don Ferber, Madison

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