Last updated on: 12/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Johnny Isakson Biography

Title:
United States Senator (R-GA)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“The use of energy drives our country’s economy, and thus it is important to consider alternative ways in which we can provide for this need. Finding new resources that end our reliance upon foreign oil is essential for our economic and national security. Furthermore, the use of alternative fuels has a positive impact on our environment.

I have given my full support to the Advanced Energy Initiative, which focuses on decreasing our gasoline consumption. The use of alternative feed-stocks such as wood byproducts, grasses and byproducts from peanuts, cotton and municipal waste can help us achieve a positive relationship between our economic needs and our environmental conservation. We also should invest in new technologies involving ethanol, biodiesel and coal liquification to replace traditional fossil fuels.

America’s energy infrastructure should encourage using energy sources such as nuclear, natural gas, clean coal, wind, solar and geothermal energies. I am supportive of granting tax credits to those who encourage the production of these alternative energy sources to end our dependence on foreign oil and other limited energy sources.

We have a diverse country with many assets that regionally are very different. If we’re going to have standards that call on us to find renewable energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, we must promote all those sources and not narrow those sources.”

“Johnny Isakson’s Position Statement on Energy and the Environment,” www.isakson.senate.gov (accessed Dec. 22, 2008)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • United States Senator (R-GA), 2005-present
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affaris
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Small Businesses and Entrepreneurship
  • Member, US Senate Committee Senate Select Committee on Ethics
  • Member, United States House of Representatives, 1999-2005
  • Chiar, Georgia Board of Education, 1996
  • Member, Georgia State Senate, 1993-1996
  • Member, Georgia State General Assembly, 1976-1990
  • Member, Georgia National Guard, 1966-1972
Education:
  • BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration), University of Georgia, 1966
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Nuclear Power Safe for Humans and the Environment?