Bill Johnson believes that Ohio is a leader in America’s drive toward energy independence. He believes we have a tremendous opportunity here in Ohio to create thousands of jobs and lead America on a path toward energy self-sufficiency with our massive coal reserves, and the Utica and Marcellus shale deposits which hold huge amounts of natural gas and oil. Johnson, a member of the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee, is a leading voice in support of the environmentally responsible development and use of coal, oil, and natural gas. For too long, we've relied on unstable Middle Eastern nations for our energy. Those days must come to an end.
Johnson is leading the effort in standing up to the Obama Administration and its 'War on Coal.' Coal is a critical resource for America, particularly Ohioans where it provides much of our electricity and thousands of Ohio jobs. Johnson has consistently stood up against unelected Washington bureaucrats who seek to kill Ohio coal jobs. That is why he authored and supported H.R. 1644, the Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining (STREAM) Act, legislation that would stop job-killing EPA and Department of Interior regulations from going into effect. Johnson will continue to fight for the coal miners (Bill is a cosponsor of H.R. 2403, the Coal Healthcare and Pension Protection Act), and those who rely on this critical, reliable, inexpensive energy resource.
Bill is also leading the effort to remove Washington barriers that will enable us to responsibly develop our oil and natural gas resources, creating thousands of jobs in the process. For example, Johnson authored H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act that would allow America to more quickly export our excess natural gas to our allies in Europe and Asia who have for too long been under the thumb of Vladimir Putin’s Russia to meet their energy needs. In addition to the geopolitical benefits America would reap, this bill will create thousands of jobs here at home, and provide billions of dollars in increased wage earning potential for American workers.
In addition to supporting efforts to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline, streamline the pipeline permitting process, and responsibility develop our off-shore oil reserves, Bill has introduced legislation called the POWER Counties Act that would allow local governments to keep some of the revenue generated by local oil and gas development – currently, those dollars all go back to Washington, D.C. Communities, such as those near the Wayne National Forest here in Ohio, should receive some of that money for schools and roads.
In order to achieve energy self sufficiency, we must move full speed ahead on domestic oil and natural gas development and coal production, but we also must begin expanding our nuclear footprint and determine what role market driven innovations in wind and solar power and other renewable technologies will play in that equation. America has significant energy resources, and if Washington would get out of the way and let the private market drive energy innovations, we would learn to produce, store, distribute, and use energy in ways we've never imagined...it's called "American Exceptionalism".