GA07 incumbent candidate: Rob Woodall (R)
Running for re-election: November 6, 2018
Residents of Georgia’s 7th Congressional district are currently represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Rep. Rob Woodall (R).
No position statement on climate change
Woodall has not issued an official stance on climate change.
In 2011, Woodall wrote and introduced two amendments to the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. Both of his amendments were passed by the U.S. House.
His first amendment eliminated a climate change study conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
His second amendment eliminated $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for a program to encourage students in grades 3-8, teachers and families to learn more about energy consumption and efficiency.
Position on energy
On energy and oil issues, Woodall:
- Voted YES on opening the Outer Continental Shelf to oil drilling
- Voted YES on barring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gases
- Opposes regulations to reduce climate change
Woodall states on his website:
From the Gulf of Mexico to the coasts of Alaska, we have almost unlimited untapped resources. For too long we were dependent on foreign imports, which was truly a national security concern, but I am pleased that since the beginning of the 21st Century, the U.S. energy sector has undergone tremendous changes that have resulted in the U.S. becoming a global leader in energy production. In fact, despite high levels of domestic demand, our crude oil and petroleum product exports are reaching record levels. In order to reflect the energy wealth and stability that our land currently holds, we must develop and strengthen our national energy portfolio.
Though I strongly support the continued development of fossil fuels, I also happily support the increased use of renewable, sustainable energies. However, we have experimented with many competing forms of renewable energy in the past 30 years, spending billions of dollars subsidizing the technologies with the best lobbyists rather than the technologies with the most long-term promise. That’s why we should redirect our scarce financial resources towards the research and development of transformational new technologies rather than propping up legacy renewables that still can’t compete on their own after decades of federal support.
NOTE: A report from groups including the United Nations environmental arm and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that globally, renewable energy installations were responsible for 61% of the world’s net power capacity additions in 2017, more than double the new-builds from fossil fuel-powered generation.
Anti-environmental voting record
Woodall’s voting record shows a history of casting anti-environmental votes.
Washington, D.C. Office
1724 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-1007
Phone: (202) 225-4272
Fax: (202) 225-4696
Georgia District Office
Post Office Box 1871
Lawrenceville, GA 30046-6935
Phone: (770) 232-3005
Fax: (770) 232 -2909
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