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Press Release: Neumann Call for Bold Energy & Environmental Plan

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 19, 2010

Contact: Chris Lato

(608) 219-7231

NEUMANN CALLS FOR BOLD ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN

Reduce dependence on foreign oil, improve the environment, and create jobs through public/private partnerships

No cap and trade, no tax hikes to implement policy, no Doyle 25/25

WAUKESHA, Wis. - March 19, 2010 - With a goal of making Wisconsin an energy and environmental innovation leader, candidate for Governor Mark Neumann today highlighted his plans to help end U.S. dependence on foreign oil. As part of his plan, Neumann called on the Republican Party of Wisconsin to incorporate his ideas into the GOP platform and sent a letter to that effect to RPW Chairman Reince Priebus.

“Wisconsin should be a leader in renewable energy,” Neumann noted. “This will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Also, there will be tremendous job creation in these areas and our state should lead the way.”

As Governor, Neumann’s agenda will include:

  • Reducing existing government incentives in accord with the reduction in costs, and eventually eliminate all incentives to allow the free market to work as technology advances and costs lower. Instead of creating government mandates, Neumann will encourage adoption of energy producing technologies by showing Wisconsin businesses the benefit to their bottom line.
  • Neumann opposes environmental rules and regulations such as the cap and trade policy that raise taxes and punish job-creating businesses, and find alternative ways to reach and exceed environmental improvement goals through public/private partnerships.
  • A commitment to oppose any tax increases related to climate legislation. Neumann has signed a ‘No Climate Tax’ Pledge issued by Americans for Prosperity, a national public policy advocacy organization. According to AFP, a bipartisan group of more than 420 lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state and local levels has signed the pledge.

Neumann noted that Gov. Jim Doyle recently proposed legislation that he claims is intended to combat global warming. However, independent analysis indicates the bill would create costly new mandates, raise taxes, significantly raise gas and energy prices, and could ultimately lead to thousands of lost jobs.

“This bill is absolutely the wrong direction for Wisconsin,” Neumann said. “More taxes and more job losses under the guise of environmental protection are not acceptable. Wisconsin can ‘go green’ without growing government.”

Neumann points to JohnsonDiversey as an example of a private sector leader that has initiated a plan to reduce their carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2013. Their initial investment of $14 million dollars is dwarfed by the $32 million they have saved in energy costs.

“This is an example of the market producing jobs, improving the environment, and saving money without punitive government regulations,” Neumann said. “Their savings allow them to accumulate capital and create more opportunities, and JohnsonDiversey is getting the job done without mandates and paying higher taxes.”

In the private sector, Neumann’s businesses are committed to preserving precious green space and encouraging environmentally responsible, economically sustainable construction practices. A 2009Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article reported on Neumann’s green building policies, including a home that self-produces all the energy that would be consumed inside, with enough extra energy to power a plug-in hybrid vehicle for a daily commute.

“We should all do our part to protect our valuable natural resources,” Neumann said. “In Wisconsin, let’s use our existing resources to help create the innovative ‘green’ jobs of tomorrow.”

This is the third policy plank Neumann has urged the Wisconsin Republican Party to adopt. The first two were on a series of government reforms called the ‘Strong Wisconsin Reform Package,’ and education policy.

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