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GA04 incumbent candidate: Hank Johnson (D)

Running for re-election: November 6, 2018

Residents of Georgia’s 4th Congressional district are currently represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Hank Johnson (D).

 


Position on the environment

Johnson addresses climate change in his position statement on the environment:

What Hank believes:

  • We cannot achieve or maintain a high standard of living if our environment is severely degraded or damaged.
  • The window of opportunity to secure our natural environment against existential threats produced by human activity is rapidly closing.
  • Humans are in large part responsible for climate change, a potentially devastating threat to our security and health that must immediately be addressed.
  • Clean water is becoming increasingly scarce, and efforts must begin now to secure safe, clean drinking water for all Americans, today and in the future.
  • We must immediately work to reduce U.S. dependence upon and consumption of oil, a scarce resource that is approaching its “peak,” or the moment after which production will continually fall.
  • If it continues to proceed so recklessly without international cooperation and coordination, unregulated human economic activity will destroy our planet’s delicately-balanced ecological equilibrium.

What Hank has done (visit his website for the complete list):

  • Cosponsored the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2008, which passed the House. It extends tax credits for the production of electricity from renewable resources.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 2696, Executive Office of Environmental Justice Act of 2017, which establishes an Office of Environmental Justice in the White House to address impacts of climate change on minority and low-income populations.

What Hank will do:

  • Never compromise my commitment to the defense of non-renewable resources, healthy ecosystems, wildlife, clean air and water, and pristine national parks.
  • Make energy independence a central cause of my service.
  • Demand stringent environmental regulation of industry by the EPA, no matter who is the president.
  • Continue to introduce legislation that aims to reduce our overall negative environmental impact, in broad strokes and bit by bit.

 


Opposes exiting the Paris Agreement

In June 2017, he opposed the White House’s decision to exit the Paris Agreement:

President Trump’s reckless and arrogant abandonment of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, signed by 193 of the world’s 195 countries, is a historic blunder that places appeasement to fossil fuel interests over the health of our environment and its people.

 


Position on energy

Johnson also addresses climate change in his position statement on energy:

What Hank believes:

  • We must strive to reduce our reliance on oil, an increasingly scarce resource. Our continued addiction to this rapidly depleting energy source damages the environment, undermines our national security, and gravely threatens our economy.
  • We must never again be fooled by low oil prices and neglect to take necessary steps toward reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
  • “Peak oil” is a real phenomenon. Oil is a finite resource and global oil extraction and refinement will peak – soon. That means it will reach its highest possible volume, then begin a continual decline. Supply will fall as demand continues to rise worldwide, and the price of all petroleum-based products – gasoline, transportation, and plastic products (to name a few) – will dramatically rise.
  • America should invest heavily in becoming the world’s leading producer of clean, efficient, renewable energy.
  • Coal is not a clean solution to our energy crisis. Biofuels, especially corn ethanol, divert precious agricultural produce away from food production, causing the price of staples like rice, corn, and soy to skyrocket. Natural gas could be an acceptable bridge to an era in which clean renewables like solar, wind, and hydro are dominant. This must be the ultimate goal.
  • The EPA needs additional resources and a Congressional mandate to aggressively defend the environment, which is a public good, and it should engage in regulation of carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Congress should aggressively tighten efficiency standards, especially fuel standards for automobiles, and implement legislation to dramatically cut pollution.

What Hank has done (visit his website for the complete list):

  • Introduced the Resource Assessment of Rare Earths (RARE) Act of 2011, which directs the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct a three-year, comprehensive global mineral assessment of rare earth elements (REEs) critical to high-tech clean-energy and defense manufacturing.
  • Cosponsored the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which would:
    • move the United States toward greater energy independence and security;
    • increase the production of clean renewable fuels;
    • protect consumers;
    • increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles;
    • promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options;
    • and improve the energy performance of the Federal Government.
  • Voted to remove subsidies to oil and gas companies.
  • Cosponsored H.R. 3671, the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act. This bill prohibits the authorization of federal permits for new fossil fuel extraction projects after 2018.

What Hank will do:

  • Support measures to dramatically increase mandatory automobile fuel efficiency.
  • Advocate for a significant development fund to sponsor wide-scale research, development, and production of energy from renewable sources. America must strive to become the leader of this industry.
  • Continue to protect consumers from energy price gouging.

 


Pro-environmental voting record

Johnson’s voting record shows a history of casting pro-environmental votes.

 


Contact

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Washington, D.C. Office
2240 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-1605
Fax: (202) 226-0691
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Decatur District Office
5240 Snapfinger Park Drive, Suite 140
Decatur, GA 30035
Phone: (770) 987-2291
Fax: (770) 987-8721

 


Our members of Congress are in the best position to solve climate change. Know where your candidates stand on climate change—and vote climate!