Sam Johnson Advocates Clean Energy And Job Creation, Not A National Energy Tax

Press Release

Date: June 26, 2009
Location: Washington, DC

Sam Johnson Advocates Clean Energy And Job Creation, Not A National Energy Tax

Today U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) will advance clean energy and job creation and vote against a national energy tax that would cost the average American family $1,600 more a year.

"As a clean energy advocate, I believe we should be good stewards of this earth and its resources. We are in the midst of a long recession. Now is not the time for Nancy Pelosi's massive new energy tax on American families that we cannot afford," said Johnson.

"With the price at the pump rising 65% this year, the Democrat's bill would create a 77¢ per gallon tax hike. Even though the unemployment rate is closing in on 10%, the Democrat's bill would kill at least 2.5 million jobs per year. In my district, around 3,000 jobs per year would be lost. Let's promote American energy resources to create American jobs to boost the American economy," said Johnson.

Later today it is expected that the House will vote on the Waxman-Markey climate change bill, H.R.2454, that would create a national energy tax; Johnson does not support the measure.

Even the President has admitted, "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily sky rocket." In a time of economic uncertainty, Johnson feels that the Democrats should instead cut government spending, control the deficit, create jobs and cut taxes.

Johnson supports the American Energy Act. The American Energy Act will produce more energy, lower fuel bills, create more jobs, yield a cleaner environment, and lead to a more secure nation.

The American Energy Act offers an ‘all of the above' strategy by producing more American energy in an environmentally safe way, promoting the use of alternative fuels to reduce carbon emissions, such as clean coal and nuclear, and encouraging increased efficiencies and cutting edge technologies to maximize America's energy potential. The bill also boosts America's energy supply by lifting restrictions on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), the Outer Continental Shelf, and oil shale in the Mountain West. The Democrats would not allow for an up or down vote on the Republican energy bill.