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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

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:

  • Awarded 100% for his environmental voting record in 2010. The 2010 Scorecard – released amidst the greatest attack on the EPA’s budget in 30 years and current Congressional assaults on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, wildlife and wild places.
  • Introduced the TIRE (Tire Investment, Recovery, and Extension) Act of 2007, which would provide tax credits for large vehicle-operating companies (like UPS, Federal Express, or DHL) to purchase tires made from recycled rubber.

Cosponsored the successful Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which will: 

  • 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.
  • Testified before colleagues in Congress to explain the severity of Georgia's water crisis and worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state governments to help broker water-sharing agreements in the Southeast.
  • Cosponsored legislation to establish the H-Prize, which would award competitive cash prizes to advance the research, development, and commercial application of hydrogen energy technologies.
  • 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. 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. 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. 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.

  • Cosponsored H.R. 494, the Fort Frederica National Monument Boundary Expansion Act, to increase the maximum monument size to 205 acres.

  • 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.

More on Environment

June 5, 2017 In The News

US Rep. Hank Johnson (D-4th) characterized Trump's actions as reckless and arrogant, and said he was ignoring reality.

 

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.

June 2, 2017 Press Release

DECATUR, G.A.—U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has released the following statement after President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, a global effort to significantly reduce the effects of climate change: 

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.

March 21, 2017 E-newsletters

Dear Friends, The month of March was busy to say the least. We accomplished great work both in D.C. and through a series of events at home in the district. In D.C., among introducing bills and speaking out against “TrumpCare,” I served as a ranking member in my first T&I subcommittee hearing on the issue of the country’s national preparedness system.

Although I have hosted five town halls to date, more work is necessary to ensure that the benefits and accomplishments of the past eight years for all Americans aren’t abolished with a stroke of the pen.

February 7, 2017 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

February 1, 2017 Press Release

This month, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating Black History Month.

50 years ago, The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a revealing interview to NBC News that acknowledged the soul searching and agonizing moments he’d gone through since his most famous speech in 1963. He told NBC the old optimism of the civil rights movement was a little superficial and now needed to be tempered with a solid realism.

January 24, 2017 Press Release

Congressman scores leadership post on T&I; also appointed to Highways & Transit and Aviation subcommittees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced Tuesday that his appointment on the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) has resulted in a leadership role.

January 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced that Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has informed him that he will have a coveted seat on the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I).

January 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04), ranking member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law (RRCAL), which exercises jurisdiction over regulatory and competition policy, spoke out against Republicans’ H.R. 26, the REINS Act, as an example of “corporate welfare” that would establish sweeping restrictions on new environmental and public health protections. 

[Watch Rep. Johnson speak from the House floor HERE]

December 16, 2016 E-newsletters

I want to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and a Happy New Year. May the gift of love, peace and happiness be yours this season.

It’s been a busy month since Thanksgiving, and I want let you know what I’ve been working on in Congress.