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:
- Awarded 100% for his environmental voting record in 2018.
- 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.
- Cosponsored H.R. 2695, the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Act, which establishes a small grants program for educational programs, research initiatives, and engagement with frontline communities.
- Cosponsored H.R. 1664, the Investing in America: A Penny for Progress Act, which requires an increase in federal taxes on gasoline, diesel fuel, and kerosene after 2017. The revenue from these taxes would contribute to the improvement of highways, bridges, and mass transit systems.
- Cosponsored H.R. 558, the Kennesaw Mountain National Battle Field Park Boundary Adjustment Act, which expands the park to include 8 new acres of land, currently known as Wallis House and Harriston Hill.
- Original cosponsor of H.R. 494, the Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act, to increase the maximum monument size to 205 acres.
- Cosponsored H.R.5264, the Clean Water Partnership Act, To direct the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, provide grants to States to facilitate the acquisition of land, water, and interests therein, made to substantially improve, preserve, or maintain water quality for an area in perpetuity, and for other purposes.
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.
More on Environment
DECATUR, Ga. — On April 22, 2019, Earth Day, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) was presented with “The Environmental Scorecard Award,” in recognition of his 100% environmental voting record score in 2018.
A Gwinnett County pig farmer, a United States congressman and more than 100 other people spent part of Earth Day in an airport-area hotel talking about environmental justice.
Discussion during the Georgia Environmental Justice Education and Awareness Symposium went from urban gardening in southern Fulton County to federal green policies. There were more people in suits than jeans, and most of the conversations dealt with high-level topics geared toward those already passionate about the environment.
DECATUR—On April 22, 2019, Earth Day, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) was presented with “The Environmental Scorecard Award,” in recognition of his 100 percent environmental voting record score in 2018.
Rep. Johnson was presented with the award at The Georgia Environmental Justice Education and Awareness Symposium, where he also served as a guest speaker for the symposium.
Congressman Scores 100% – No. 1 in GA Delegation – Highest Lifetime Score of 96%
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced today he earned a 100 percent from The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) on their 2018 National Environmental Scorecard, which tallies the performance of every member of Congress every year on key environmental votes.
Congressman receives 100% on Humane Scorecard for 115th Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, announced Wednesday that he received a 100% from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Humane Society Legislative Fund for his voting record, co-sponsorship of legislation and leadership in helping prevent cruelty to animals.
WASHINGTON —Some of Georgia’s top Republican elected officials, agricultural organizations and business development groups cheered the Trump administration’s move Tuesday to roll back a sweeping Obama-era clean water regulation aimed at protecting tributaries to navigable waterways.
By Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Michael Shank, opinion contributors
As President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency drops "climate change," and its impact on children, from its latest rule on hydrofluorocarbons, it is time to talk honestly about science.
Americans are busy working, taking care of their kids and loved ones and trying to save for the future. It is understandable that many do not have time to read academic journals and detailed scientific reports.
We held an informative and excellent public discussion on the issues that Fourth District residents are most concerned about during our August 7th telephone town hall. We called 100,000 constituents to discuss the issues of the day. To listen to the live, 1-hour event, click HERE. The good news is if you missed our previous telephone town halls, I’ll be hosting another live access event soon. To sign up for future events, click HERE.
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) recently celebrated and recognized his staff – both in Washington, D.C. and the District – for being named finalist for the first-ever Democracy Awards, the Congressional Management Foundation’s new award recognizing non-legislative achievement and performance in congressional offices.