In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

Wisconsin

4TH DISTRICT

Tim Rogers

Republican

U.S. House, Wisconsin 4

 

1.         WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS THAT CONGRESS CAN HELP TO REDUCE THE ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS TO HELP MAKE THEM MORE SUSTAINABLE?

 

Congress must first ensure that water is safe from levels of dangerous contaminants. Energy and water consumption often depends on the areas of the United States. Currently, the United States is energy independent which has allowed us to look at other issues. The infrastructure of many states' energy and water is outdated. However, I do not believe that solar and wind energy sources will provide sufficient fuel for usage.

 

2. WHICH OF THESE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT AND WOULD WORK TO ENACT IF ELECTED?

 

b. Provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements,

c. Provide incentives to states and localities to adopt the most up-to-date energy building codes,

d. Renew and expand tax incentives for energy efficient buildings,

f. Provide support to states and localities to make buildings more resilient from natural hazards and disasters,

g. Invest in the retrofitting of schools, community centers, libraries and other civic buildings to improve occupant safety and reduce energy consumption, especially in underserved communities

 

3.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, ARE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS?

 

All Americans deserve healthy and sustainable buildings, however the cost of this should not be put on the taxpayer or increase our national debt in the sum of several trillions of dollars.

 

4.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO TRAIN AND PREPARE PEOPLE FOR CLEAN ENERGY JOBS THAT ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS AND BUILDING COMPONENTS?

 

Natural gas is a clean energy readily available to most Americans. Solar and wind energy do not provide sufficient energy, nor is it financially feasible in some areas.

 

5.         ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK WITH THE BUILDING SECTOR TO MAKE SURE THAT TRANSFORMING BUILDINGS IS PART OF THE POLICY DEBATE IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING JOINING CAUCUSES THAT ADVOCATE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES? IF YES, HOW WILL YOU DO THAT?

 

I am willing to work with the building sector to transform buildings with tax credits or initiative acts. I am NOT for the Democratic version of "sustainable" as put forth in their "Green New Deal"

 

6.         DO YOU HAVE ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES RELATED TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (E.G., SUPPORTING LEGISLATION IN ELECTED OFFICE, MADE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS TO A HOME, OFFICE, COMMUNITY-WIDE, ETC.)?

 

I have no previous experience related to sustainable buildings. Before Congress tries to work to make all existing buildings "sustainable", I would like to encourage home ownership, especially in blighted areas like Milwaukee, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles. These areas have poor housing for lower income groups. Public housing has not worked effectively and we need to think how families should live safely and with pride they have had a part in restoring a vacant house so that they could live there.

5TH DISTRICT

Tom Palzewicz

Democratic

U.S. House, Wisconsin 5

 

1.         WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS THAT CONGRESS CAN HELP TO REDUCE THE ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS TO HELP MAKE THEM MORE SUSTAINABLE?

 

The best way to reduce energy and water consumption is by creating sustainable solutions through carefully crafted legislation. Congress must develop plans using science to become greener and more energy-efficient. We need to establish an analytic and quantitative study that measures energy consumption at a granular level. Then we must set clear long-term targets for energy conservation and consumption. Finally, Congress needs to be transparent and define accountability to stakeholders, so it is clear what the standard should be going forward.

 

2. WHICH OF THESE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT AND WOULD WORK TO ENACT IF ELECTED?

 

a. Set benchmarking requirements for commercial buildings and encourage cities and states to adopt performance-based standards for buildings,

b. Provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements,

c. Provide incentives to states and localities to adopt the most up-to-date energy building codes,

d. Renew and expand tax incentives for energy efficient buildings,

e. Require federal buildings to meet aggressive energy efficiency and carbon reduction targets,

f. Provide support to states and localities to make buildings more resilient from natural hazards and disasters,

g. Invest in the retrofitting of schools, community centers, libraries and other civic buildings to improve occupant safety and reduce energy consumption, especially in underserved communities,

h. Conduct research into the most promising technologies, products and materials that improve occupant health and reduce transmission of contagious disease while saving energy

 

3.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, ARE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS?

 

This campaign embraces environmental justice and fair treatment. Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate burden of environmental harms and risks, including those resulting from the negative environmental consequences of industrial, governmental, and commercial operations or programs and policies. Therefore we will ensure every person has access to the services provided by the government.

 

4.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO TRAIN AND PREPARE PEOPLE FOR CLEAN ENERGY JOBS THAT ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS AND BUILDING COMPONENTS?

 

The green energy industry is outpacing the fossil fuel industry in job creation already. It’s no secret that the fossil-fuel industry sector dominates our nation’s economy. As these industries are phased out, workers will require economic assistance and job training to facilitate new green energy employment. So, it’s also essential that we support the current workforce in coal and pipeline industries to transition to new energy jobs.

 

5.         ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK WITH THE BUILDING SECTOR TO MAKE SURE THAT TRANSFORMING BUILDINGS IS PART OF THE POLICY DEBATE IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING JOINING CAUCUSES THAT ADVOCATE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES? IF YES, HOW WILL YOU DO THAT?

 

Yes, we must listen to our experts and work collaboratively to ensure we can develop and implement sustainability in our buildings.

 

6.         DO YOU HAVE ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES RELATED TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (E.G., SUPPORTING LEGISLATION IN ELECTED OFFICE, MADE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS TO A HOME, OFFICE, COMMUNITY-WIDE, ETC.)?

 

It's been 15 years since I started a business coaching company. It's taught me how to bring people, systems, and processes together to make companies and organizations work more efficiently. During that time, I have assisted numerous small businesses in the transition to sustainable energy-efficient solutions.

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