Rep. Johnson celebrates Earth Day green style

April 22, 2009
Press Release

The first bill authorizes EPA to award grants to reduce the environmental impact of discarded electronic devices and promote the recycling of these devices. 

The second authorizes grants to support graduate education in the area of clean energy and high-performance building design – not unlike Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia, the first LEED certified school in Georgia history, which will open in August.

The Congressman said he is likely to support both pieces of legislation.

Johnson, who appeared at an Environment Georgia town hall last week in Decatur, spoke to attendees about his TIRE Act of 2009 and efforts to reform the way the U.S. military uses energy.

“More than 280 million tires are manufactured in this county every year,” said Johnson. “Of that 270 million are thrown away annually – that’s about one tire per person, per year. If the TIRE Act becomes law, as a nation we can save up to 750 million gallons of oil per year.”

That is the equivalent of saving nearly 18 million barrels of oil a year.

Designed to motivate companies through tax incentives to use truck tires with recycled rubber, the Act [HR 1888] aims to curb the number of tires thrown in landfills while at the same time cut back on the amount of fossil fuels needed to produce them.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Johnson is also is drafting language for the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, which will accelerate and expand the use of electric vehicles, make buildings more energy efficient and increase the use of alternative fuels in all branches of the U.S. military. 

Johnson encouraged residents of the Fourth District to conserve by reducing their consumption of natural resources and recycling as much as possible.

“Each one of us can make a difference,” said Johnson. “The path to clean air, water and reduced emissions and a healthier planet will only take hold if everyone does his or her part.”

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