State of Georgia Archives: on Environment


David Perdue: Roll back stifling Obama-era regulations

Q: Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?

Perdue: Mostly loosen. Roll back "stifling Obama-era regulations." Against reducing waste and emissions. Reduce plastic waste in oceans.

Ossoff: Tighten. Will work to reverse Trump "rollbacks of clean air, clean water, and fuel economy standards."

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

Doug Collins: Co-sponsored Stopping EPA Overreach Act

Q: Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?

Doug Collins: Loosen. Co-sponsored Stopping EPA Overreach Act and Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act.

Kelly Loeffler: Unclear. Wants to "look at what we're doing with regard to the economy and the environment collectively."

Raphael Warnock: Tighten. "Environmental justice is on the ballot." Nothing is "more important than honoring and protecting the only home we've been blessed with."

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

Jon Ossoff: Reverse Trump rollbacks of environmental standards

Q: Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?

Ossoff: Tighten. Will work to reverse Trump "rollbacks of clean air, clean water, and fuel economy standards."

Perdue: Mostly loosen. Roll back "stifling Obama-era regulations." Against reducing waste and emissions. Reduce plastic waste in oceans.

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

Raphael Warnock: Environmental justice is on the ballot

Q: Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?

Raphael Warnock: Tighten. "Environmental justice is on the ballot." Nothing is "more important than honoring and protecting the only home we've been blessed with."

Kelly Loeffler: Unclear. Wants to "look at what we're doing with regard to the economy and the environment collectively."

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

Valencia Stovall: Global Stewardship for sustainable practices

My top 3 priorities are Economic Opportunity with a focus on transforming our education system and support small business growth, Government Efficiency by ensuring a well run government that is fiscally sound, and Global Stewardship that modernizes our global trade programs and sustain environmental practices. To identify the funding needed, a review of excess and redundant spending are essential which happens a lot in long existing bureaucracies.
Source: 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate PVS Political Courage Test Oct 10, 2020

Jon Ossoff: Aggressive protection of endangered species and habitats

I'll push for America to immediately re-enter the Paris Climate Accords. I'll work to reverse the Trump Administration's rollbacks of clean air, clean water, and fuel economy standards. I'll push for fast advances in sustainability--including a rapidly phased-in ban on single-use plastics, strongly enforced treaties to protect oceans and fisheries, aggressive protection of endangered species and habitats, increased fines for spills and contamination, and stricter controls on toxic chemicals.
Source: 2020 Georgia Senate campaign website ElectJon.com Jul 2, 2020

Stacey Abrams: Hurricane recovery is a 10-month process, not 10 days

Q: What about the impact of Hurricane Michael, particularly on southwest Georgia?

ABRAMS: I've gone through a hurricane. It's a devastating process. And it takes months for recovery to happen.

Q: What's your message to residents of the area? You could be elected governor in a couple weeks.

ABRAMS: Number one, I've been through this myself. I understand that it's not just the physical plant that's a problem. It's making sure that people have access to the resources they need. And often when the cameras turn off and when people go home and stop volunteering, that's when the real trouble starts. I will leverage the responsibility of the governor, the ability to connect with state and local officials and federal officials to make certain that resources don't just end when the memory of the storm passes for the average person. And I think that's what you need. Someone who's thinking about this not as a three-day or three-week return but really as a 10-month, 12-month recovery period.

Source: Meet the Press interviews for 2018 Georgia Governor race Oct 14, 2018

Stacey Abrams: Stay on top of environmental waste & clean-up

Stacey has worked to protect our natural resources and communities from hazardous waste that often has gone unchecked. She supported greater oversight of petroleum pipelines, sponsored legislation to ensure funds for hazardous waste clean-up actually went to that purpose, and to require landfills to alert the public in the event of a leak.
Source: 2018 Georgia Governor website StaceyAbrams.com Aug 17, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Investigate failures to enforce environmental laws

Jon will be informed by scientists, not lobbyists, when it comes to environmental policy, and he will work to make Georgia a clean energy economic powerhouse.

Clean air and clean water are not controversial. They are essential to our health, our prosperity, and our quality of life. Jon will oppose and investigate failures to enforce environmental laws. He will support our national parks and work to conserve America's treasured wildlife and natural beauty.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, ElectJon.com Apr 21, 2017

Allen Buckley: Preserve the EPA within bounds of statutory rights

Q: So you're in favor of preserving the EPA, when so many Libertarians want to completely nix it.

Allen Buckley: Yes. That's where I agree with the Democrats, about preserving the environment. I don't agree with the way that's it's being done; through Executive Order, and issuance of regulations which go beyond statutory rights to regulate.

Source: The Red & Black on 2019-20 Georgia 2-year Senate race Feb 11, 2016

Michelle Nunn: Preserved 85 acre marshland with conservation easements

Michelle Nunn and her husband, along with her father, former Sen. Sam Nunn, and two of her father's former staffers who are now registered lobbyists, secured a $2 million loan and bought 85 acres of land near Brunswick with plans to develop it.

During the 2008 economic downturn, they decided instead to preserve it with a "conservation easement contract" with a land trust--and allows them to get tax breaks for preserving the marshland.

David Perdue (R) has sought to paint Nunn as a "Washington insider" because of her and her father's connections, and slammed her for the land deal. Nunn's campaign pointed out that conservation easements are backed by politicians in both parties & that former Gov. Sonny Perdue (R), David's cousin, has easements of his own. A Nunn spokesman said, "Michelle was able to protect beautiful land in Glynn County for future generations through a program supported not just by Gov. Perdue but a broad swath of Georgia leaders including Senators Chambliss and Isakson."

Source: The Hill webzine on 2014 Georgia Senate race Aug 14, 2014

Vernon Jones: Supports CWA, CAA, CAFE but also nukes

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

Josh Lanier: Help cities with mass transit and farmers in small towns too

In Washington we talk about mass transit as if every town and every city is a large metropolitan area. If you’re a farmer, you still have to drive the same amount of miles and there’s a lot the government can do to help. There are established programs today that can be applied to Georgia.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Vernon Jones: Capture methane gas from landfills for electricity

Out in Dekalb County, we’re capturing the methane gas from landfills. We’ve partnered with Georgia Power to convert it into electricity. I’ve invested in our water and sewer infrastructure. We’re working on recycling our water.
Source: Georgia 2008 Democratic Senate Primary Debate Jun 30, 2008

Johnny Isakson: Protect environment while providing for economic opportunity

I believe that we can protect our environment while still providing for economic opportunity. In fact, the two must be linked. We have made great progress in developing time-tested, environmentally sound technologies for harvesting the resources of our lands, without degrading the environment. A perfect example of this balance is oil exploration in Alaska's arctic, which has successfully coexisted with wildlife for 30 years. The caribou population in Alaska has tripled since Prudhoe Bay development began, proving we can be stewards of our resources without halting economic development.

We must take the next step in this positive trend towards bringing cleaner air and better health to more of our citizens. We have learned a great deal about what approaches work best, and now is the time to put those lessons to use. We should implement market based approaches to air and water quality that guarantee results while keeping utility prices affordable for Americans. [Source: candidate website]

Source: Vote-GA.org profile for 2016 Georgia Senate race Oct 2, 2004

Zell Miller: Protection of 100,000 Georgia acres is great achievement

One of our biggest success stories has been Preservation 2000, our program to protect more than 100,000 acres of natural land. Places like Little Tybee Island, Tallulah Gorge and Smithgall Woods. You are looking at someone shaped by that rugged land, because your Governor is a product of the North Georgia mountains. We created Preservation 2000 with ambitious goals to protect 100,000 acres of wildlife habitat and save it for future generations.
Source: 1998 Georgia State of the State Address Jan 15, 1998

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

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Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
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Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
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