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Plan 8: An Energy-Independent Wisconsin

Summary

Mark Neumann's goal is to make Wisconsin an energy innovation leader without growing government, mandating market choices, or killing jobs through rules and regulations. We will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and have tremendous job creation in the energy sector.

Reduce Government Regulations, Mandates, and Rules

Mark Neumann opposes harmful regulations and mandates such as Cap and Trade and Governor Doyle's 25 by 25 plan. As Governor, Neumann will reduce existing government incentives in accordance with the reduction in costs, and eventually eliminate all government incentives in order to allow the free market to work.

Mark Neumann knows government mandates do not save money — they cost money.


Capitalism

As Governor, Neumann will create an unburdened marketplace. Such will provide its own incentives to reduce carbon emissions and energy use by utilizing efficient technology and production processes. By reducing energy use, companies can save money.

Oppose Doyle's 25 by 25 Plan

In the legislature, this plan is embodied in Assembly Bill 649, also known as the Clean Energy Jobs Act. It calls for 25% of Wisconsin's energy production to come from renewable energy sources by the year 2025, by means of regulation and mandates, which will inevitably be covered by taxation. Mark Neumann will fight against this bill and others like it.

Mark Neumann's Plan

Reduce Government Regulations, Mandates, and Rules

Mark Neumann opposes harmful regulations and mandates such as Cap and Trade and Governor Doyle's 25 by 25 plan. Further government involvement is not the answer. Wisconsin does not need more regulations or taxes. In fact, regulations and taxes are among the largest impediments to growth we are facing today.

If businesses and individuals in Wisconsin must deal with more red tape, private growth will suffer. Mandates and regulations already drive businesses out of Wisconsin, and added burdens will accelerate this problem.

Mark Neumann opposes all mandates relating to various forms of alternative energy, and will work to remove subsidies. The free market is the only way to create economically sustainable alternatives to our dependence on foreign oil.


As a businessman in a highly regulated industry, Mark Neumann knows firsthand how excessive regulation and red tape creates a detrimental effect on business. Higher operating costs for businesses create a disincentive in terms of business expansion and job creation. The Neumann Administration will work to provide conservative solutions to end our dependence on foreign oil utilizing the creative energies of the free market; without government mandates, regulations, rules, or red tape.

Capitalism

As Governor, Mark Neumann will set a vision and implement a plan that will allow companies and individuals to achieve as much as their initiative will afford.

Technology will continue to improve and costs will come down. As Governor, Neumann will reduce existing government incentives in accordance with the reduction in costs, and eventually eliminate all government incentives in order to allow the free market to work.

Businesses choose alternative energy and energy saving solutions when they are economically viable. Mandates and subsidies from government skew these realities. Mark Neumann supports allowing the market to show us the way forward.


New Job Potential

As a business owner who has created private-sector energy solutions, Mark Neumann understands the potential for thousands of jobs in this industry, and that Wisconsin can and should lead the way in the research and development of these technologies. A Neumann Administration will lead the way in this area of cutting-edge technology; as a result, companies looking to start up and relocate will naturally consider Wisconsin a front-runner.

Why Companies Will Agree

An unburdened marketplace provides its own incentives to reduce carbon emissions and energy use by utilizing efficient technology and production processes. By reducing energy use, companies can save money. The savings can then be used for jobs, expansion, and other things that benefit the company, its workers, and consumers. Rather than forcing companies to use certain kinds of products or forcing them to produce in a certain way, Neumann thinks the companies themselves—as well as consumers—are best situated to make these decisions.

Example: JohnsonDiversey1

JohnsonDiversey has initiated a program to reduce their carbon emissions 25% over the next 10 years. Their initial investment was $14 million dollars. Their savings from this investment are an astounding $32 million dollars. The best part about this plan is that it won't cost the taxpayer one dime, and they will achieve their goal without having to pay exorbitant regulation costs. This is a great example of the market solving the problem of high energy costs. By taking this path, JohnsonDiversey will save money. This will enable them to use their resources for job creation and capital expansion.

Mark Neumann's Record

Actual page from Inc. 500 magazine highlighting Mark Neumann's company, Neumann Enterprises.

Neumann Developments2

Mark Neumann is a businessman who has created energy solutions in the private sector. Such is evident with the Energy Producing Home made at Neumann Developments. Using geothermal and solar energy, the home produces all the energy needed for heating and cooling the home, running all the appliances, and enough extra electricity to run an electric automobile back and forth to work. Most significant is that the cost to the homeowner is less than if they bought a similar home built to traditional standards.

Mark Neumann on the ground at a building site.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel3

Buyers have been found for two homes that are packed with energy-saving features and solar panels.

Mark Neumann of Neumann Developments said an offer was signed a few days after Earth Day for the $350,000 home in Ixonia that is expected to produce enough solar power to meet the home's energy needs and to charge a plug-in hybrid electric car in the garage.

"To sell it before it's finished like this is a really good sign," Neumann said. "I really think we're on the right track when we can show people that it is more cost-effective to live in this home at the same time that it's doing the right thing for the environment."


1 JohnsonDiversey Announces Commitment to Triple its Absolute Reduction Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2013 under WWF's Climate Savers Program, Interfax, Nov. 6, 2009, available at http://www.businesswirechina.com/node/2679.

2 Timothy B. Hurst, Neumann Unveils an Energy Producing Home for the Masses, Green Upgrader, Apr. 1, 2010, available at http://greenupgrader.com/9376/neumann-unveils-an-energy-producing-home-for-the-masses/.

3 Thomas Content, Two Energy-Saving Homes Have Buyers, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, May 1, 2009, available at http://www.jsonline.com/realestate/44098302.html.


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