In this blog, we examine the policies and positions of Jon Ossoff, the Democratic nominee for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat. Also in this series we profile David Perdue, the Republican nominee for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat. Note that in 2020, more than a dozen candidates have filed to run in the open primary for Georgia's other U.S. Senate seat to fill the remaining two years of the six-year term that former Sen. Johnny Isakson was elected to in 2016. We cover those candidates in a brief overview blog in this series.Jennifer Rennicks and Guest Blog | August 6, 2020
This post is part of a series of blogs examining where 2020 Southeastern candidates for state and federal offices stand on key energy and climate issues. Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.
In this blog, we examine the policies and positions of Jon Ossoff, the Democratic nominee for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat. Also in this series we profile David Perdue, the Republican nominee for Georgia’s U.S. Senate seat. Note that in 2020, more than a dozen candidates have filed to run in the open primary for Georgia’s other U.S. Senate seat to fill the remaining two years of the six-year term that former Sen. Johnny Isakson was elected to in 2016. We cover those candidates in a brief overview blog in this series.
In 2017, Ossoff was the Democratic candidate for the 2017 special election in Georgia’s 6th congressional district and has been the managing director and CEO of Insight TWI, an investigative television production company, since 2013. Ossoff earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Master’s of Science from the London School of Economics.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
In an interview with CNBC, Ossoff said “I will fight for a massive investment in clean and renewable energy and transitioning away from carbon-emitting energy production.” Ossoff’s campaign website states one of the reasons he is running is to “deliver historic investments in clean energy and infrastructure.” He continues on his website to say, “We can meet our energy needs without destroying the environment – but only by rapidly transitioning to clean energy sources, dramatically reducing carbon emissions, and increasing energy efficiency.” Ossoff also stated on his website that he plans to “reverse the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of clean air, clean water, and fuel economy standards – and then to strengthen them.”
Ossoff states his concerns about climate change on his campaign website: “We face an urgent environmental crisis as out-of-control pollution is fast changing the climate, destroying ecosystems, killing off species, and damaging human health.”
We were unable to confirm the candidate’s position on this energy-related issue in published media, public records, or the campaign website.
Energy Equity and Energy Burden
When asked about what changes should be made for our health-care system to prepare for the impending climate crisis, Ossoff responded by saying, “The evidence is clear and has been clear for decades that if we don’t get greenhouse gas emissions under control and if we don’t decarbonize energy production, then climate change poses a dire threat to our health, to our economy, and to our security… I will fight for dramatic Medicaid expansion to break the link between health and wealth.”
High-Risk Energy (Coal, Nuclear, Oil, Gas)
On his campaign website Ossoff states, “The scientific consensus is unambiguous: if pollution from fossil fuel combustion is not controlled, the consequences will be dire.” Ossoff has condemned fossil fuels and plans to reduce carbon emissions.
If you are interested in learning more about where your state’s candidates for federal and state office stand on energy, click here to access the entire 2020 blog series. We encourage readers to register to vote well before registration deadlines, which are in early October but vary by state, and vote in the general election on or before November 3, 2020. For voting information in Georgia, including updates about the impact of COVID-19 on voting, click here. Stay tuned for more posts in this series to come!
This blog was researched and co-written by Suzanne Hollis, a rising junior at the University of North Carolina studying environmental science quantitative energy systems and physics. Suzanne is from Atlanta, Georgia and is a summer intern with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.