State of Georgia Archives: on Energy & Oil


David Perdue: Support withdrawal from Paris Agreement

Q: Your opinion on climate change?

Perdue: "The scientific community is not in total agreement" about human cause. Supports Trump withdrawal from Paris Agreement. Opposed Obama's Clean Power Plan and limits on offshore drilling. Supports biomass investment.

Ossoff: "Climate change is a major threat to our prosperity and our security," part of "a broader environmental and ecological crisis." Will "deliver massive federal investment in clean energy, grid infrastructure, R&D."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Doug Collins: Co-sponsored bills to end EPA renewable fuel program

Q: Is human-caused climate change a top priority?

Doug Collins: No. Does not believe it is human- caused. Co-sponsored bills to end EPA renewable fuel program.

Kelly Loeffler: No position found. Her company previously lobbied for cap and trade when they'd likely have gotten contracts to administer it.

Raphael Warnock: Yes. It "is not something that is coming, it is here. It is way past time for all of us to get serious."

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Climate change is a major threat, invest in clean energy

Q: Your opinion on climate change?

Ossoff: "Climate change is a major threat to our prosperity and our security," part of "a broader environmental and ecological crisis." Will "deliver massive federal investment in clean energy, grid infrastructure, R&D."

Perdue: "The scientific community is not in total agreement" about human cause. Supports Trump withdrawal from Paris Agreement. Opposed Obama's Clean Power Plan and limits on offshore drilling. Supports biomass investment.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Raphael Warnock: Climate change is here, way past time to get serious

Q: Is human-caused climate change a top priority?

Raphael Warnock: Yes. It "is not something that is coming, it is here. It is way past time for all of us to get serious."

Kelly Loeffler: No position found. Her company previously lobbied for cap and trade when they'd likely have gotten contracts to administer it.

Source: CampusElect on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Valencia Stovall: Federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions

Q: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?

A: Yes. Our climate is too important to every person and should be regulated so that uniformity is taking place.

Source: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate PVS Political Courage Test Oct 10, 2020

Shane Hazel: No government funding for renewable energy

Q: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, geo-thermal)?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?

A: No. The government being the largest polluters on earth should never have been allowed any control over the environment. Control over land and their environments should be decentralized to the states and the people where it belongs.

Source: 2020 PVS Political Courage Test on 2020 Georgia Senate race Sep 1, 2020

Teresa Tomlinson: Clean economy will create jobs, lower energy costs

Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website, TeresaTomlinson.com Jan 12, 2020

Kelly Loeffler: Insidious socialism like Green New Deal attacks liberty

Socialism, and its societal and financial costs, is a very real threat to the freedoms that allow us to prosper as a country. The Green New Deal and Medicare for All represent insidious attacks on the unparalleled liberty that we as Americans enjoy today--and that others in countries around the world are fighting to gain. The radical left doesn't know or care how many jobs or dollars their government takeovers will cost.
Source: Bluffton Today on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Dec 30, 2019

Ted Terry: Commitment to 100% clean energy transition

We made a commitment to 100% clean energy transition. Our goal is to do over several hundred energy-efficient retrofits for low income and fixed income units that are aging. Basically, upgrade the buildings to be as energy efficient as possible. I love the Green New Deal for its energy and public housing plan. If you just improve the housing stock by making utility bills more affordable, you make housing more affordable and we reduce our carbon emissions.
Source: Under the Radar Mag on 2020 Georgia Senate race Dec 19, 2019

Matt Lieberman: Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

We need to protect our environment, seize this last moment of opportunity to avoid irreversible damage, and I'm in favor of policies that will get us to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Const. on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Oct 3, 2019

Ted Terry: Climate change is personal because I'm 36, will be around

Terry said that addressing environmental issues is one of the reasons he got involved in politics.

"I'm 36 years old, the threat of climate change and global warming over the next 50 years is a real threat to me," Terry said. "Because I'll be alive, I'll be around these next 50 years and have to deal with it..."

Source: Georgia Public Broadcasting on 2020 Georgia Senate race Jul 24, 2019

Stacey Abrams: Clean energy key to jobs & innovation

With the right policies, Georgia can lead the Southeast in advanced energy jobs. As Governor, Stacey will work with public and private partners to create new jobs in infrastructure, clean energy, biotech and agritech, as well as expand broadband to connect our communities to the Internet. We can train our students in growing fields like energy engineering, sustainability science and build an energy innovation ecosystem across the state.
Source: 2018 Georgia Governor website StaceyAbrams.com Aug 17, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Human-driven climate change threatens global prosperity

There is a clear scientific consensus that climate change is driven by human activity and that it threatens global prosperity, health, and security. This is not just the opinion of activists; it is the studied conclusion of our country's distinguished scientists. Our military and intelligence agencies agree. Jon will oppose efforts to undo the climate change agreement reached last year in Paris and will work to make the United States a global leader against climate change.
Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, ElectJon.com Apr 21, 2017

Jim Barksdale: Irresponsible to refute evidence of man-made climate change

Climate change is a reality and if left unchecked, rising ocean tides will harm Georgia's Atlantic coast and threaten our state's robust tourism and shipping industries.

It is grossly irresponsible that so many elected leaders in the Washington crowd listen to special interests and their lobbyists to refute the scientific evidence of man-made climate change in exchange for campaign cash to fuel their reelection campaigns at the expense of the people.

Jim believes we have to seek a clean energy future both for the future of our economy and the health of our planet.

Using an "all of the above" energy portfolio that includes nuclear power while renewable technologies develop and become cheaper, Jim supports targeted investments to develop technologies that can help create good paying jobs in Georgia and solve our energy needs.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website JimBarksdale.com Aug 8, 2016

Rick Allen: Substantial increases in drilling for American oil

As the demand for energy grows greater, our resources remain stagnant. For too long, America has relied on other nations for its energy needs. Now, with instability in the Middle East and an increasing threat from rogue nations like Iran, the harnessing of American energy is more important than ever before. If elected to Congress, I'll push for a comprehensive energy plan that includes substantial increases in drilling for American oil.
Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, RickWAllen.com Nov 4, 2014

Amanda Swafford: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Swafford: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

David Perdue: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Perdue: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Rick Allen: No government funding for wind & solar

Q: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible?

Allen: Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Terry Branstad: Expand and protect American energy resources

Jack Hatch, the Democratic candidate for governor, says it is "disturbing" that Governor Branstad returned a federal grant that was to be used to find ways to help the solar energy industry grow in Iowa. "Not to be controlled by the special interests of the utility companies that pressured his department to return the million dollar grant," Hatch says. "That in itself shows the interests of this governor, not so much in really renewable energy, but protecting the larger corporations at the expense of the smaller producers and the individual homeowners that could benefit dramatically from this."

A spokesman for Governor Branstad issued a written statement: "Jack Hatch can continue to bloviate from the sidelines, but all Iowans know that the Branstad-Reynolds administration has fought to expand and protect American energy resources so that Iowans have cheaper costs at the pump, their homes and their businesses," said Tommy Schultz, Branstad-Reynolds communications director.

Source: Radio Iowa on 2014 Georgia governor race Jul 21, 2014

Paul Broun: No subsidies for wind and solar

Question topic: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Broun: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Move forward on Keystone pipeline

Q. Where do you stand on the Keystone pipeline?

A: I have studied it and I do believe it's something we should move forward with based upon the practical economic imperatives, energy independence and also that many of the environmental concerns have been addressed.

Source: Time Magazine interview on 2014 Georgia Senate race Mar 6, 2014

Doug Collins: Human activity is not contributing to climate change

Q: Is human activity contributing to climate change?

A: No.

Q: Should we regulate greenhouse gas emissions?

A: We already have laws on the books that support regulations on greenhouse gas. I would have to review what future laws would be put on the books before I would sign on to more. Additionally, I have signed on to the No Climate Tax Pledge authored by Americans for Prosperity. I will oppose any legislation associated with climate change that implements a net increase in government revenue.

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Sonny Perdue: Commercial clean energy grants for solar, wind & geothermal

On Earth Day 2009, Governor Sonny Perdue signed House Bill 473, legislation creating a commercial clean energy grant program for solar, wind, energy efficiency and geothermal heat pump projects. The grant program will be administered by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) and is contingent upon the availability of federal stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

"HB 473 provides Georgia companies with additional incentives for investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy," said Governor Perdue. "These clean energy grants will also help the private sector meet the state's goal of reducing energy consumption by 15 percent."

Governor Perdue has committed all state agencies to reduce energy consumption per square foot in state facilities 15 percent below FY2007 levels by 2020. The Governor also challenged Georgia's citizens, businesses and local governments to match the state's effort.

Source: Press release on Georgia Legislative voting records on HB473 Apr 22, 2009

Hunter Hill: Supports traditional energy production AND alternatives

Source: Georgia Congressional 2008 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2008

Rand Knight: Biofuels & clean green jobs

My central plan revolves around energy, environment and economy. I will sponsor legislation for biofuels from agricultural waste, the retrofitting of municipal buildings to increase water and electrical efficiency, and the development of renewable energy This newly implemented infrastructure will foster energy independence that puts money back into our economy, providing clean, green jobs. Additionally, we will no longer need to entangle ourselves in the politics of foreign oil.
Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Vernon Jones: Supports cap-and-trade, but also domestic oil

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Dale Cardwell: End our dependence on foreign oil with wind & solar

Q: What about suspending the gas tax?

A: It’s like feeding your children candy instead of roast beef. I’ve been behind the lines of power in government. There are giant multinational corporations who tell elected officials how they can and can’t vote. We need to start with renewable energy like wind and solar and end our dependence on foreign oil.

Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Dale Cardwell: Invest billions to help clean energy entrepreneurs

The most patriotic thing we could have done on September 12th would have been a move for conservation. We should have led to the way to independence on foreign oil. The oil companies own 68 million acres of leases on and offshore of the United States. They’re making tons of money selling oil being drilled in Saudi Arabia. We need to invest billions to help clean energy entrepreneurs.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Jim Martin: Supports cap and trade system to reduce carbon emissions

It’s a shame the Senate didn’t vote for a cap and trade system for carbon emissions. The Republicans blocked that issue. We need to look at the U.S. as a leader on this issue. We can solve this problem for the world and it’s a great opportunity for new economic development.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Rand Knight: Tackle energy dependence to reduce terrorist support

We’ve got to tackle the energy challenge; get off our dependence on foreign oil; and choke off the support we’re giving to terrorists in the Middle East. If we invest in clean, renewable energy, we can create jobs & cut energy costs. We’re talking about more than the price at the tank but also the price of makeup & plastics. Everything we touch somehow involves the cost of energy. If we tackle these energy problems we will reward ourselves with national security and economic security here in Georgia.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Unaddressed, global warming will be catastrophic

We need to lead on the environment and recognize that global warming is real. Left unaddressed, global warming will have serious consequences to our environment and future generations including catastrophic weather events, significant reduction in our fresh water supplies, and a decline in our quality of life. The preservation of our environment is essential for generations to come. I support the development of a long-term energy independence strategy that includes alternative fuel innovation.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, vernonjonesforgeorgia.com May 2, 2008

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