2015 Scorecard Vote
Representative Bill Johnson (R-OH) sponsored H.R. 351, the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act, which would expedite liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications. H.R. 351 would rush the Department of Energy’s decision-making process, forcing a decision on a LNG application within 30 days of the conclusion of review under the National Environmental Policy Act or enactment of H.R. 351, whichever is last. Expediting this process jeopardizes our environment and the public interest while also incentivizing more hydraulic fracturing, a severely under-regulated process that is harming communities across the country and polluting our air and water. Additionally, the LNG process itself creates enormous greenhouse gas emissions through releases of methane, a potent climate pollutant, throughout the drilling process and the energy required for liquefaction and shipping. On January 28, the House approved H.R. 351 by a vote of 277-133 (House roll call vote 50). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. On January 28, the Senate rejected a similar amendment, sponsored by Senator Cruz, on LNG exports.