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Congressman John Duncan

Representing the 2nd District of Tennessee


I voted for the toughest clean air law in the world many years ago and for several other strong bills since then to help clean our air and water. I also Co-Chair the Clean Water Caucus in the House. However, if we did everything the radicals and extremists on environmental issues want, we would send millions more jobs to other countries, drive up prices for everything (especially utility bills) and hurt most poor and middle income people in the process. 

I have seen over the years that most environmental radicals come from wealthy or upper-income backgrounds. Charles Lane, a very well-respected, moderate columnist columnist for the Washington Post, said climate change is “a rich man’s issue.”

Mr. Lane, columnist Walter Williams, and others have pointed out that most people clamoring the loudest about global warming and climate change stand to gain monetarily either personally or through some group, organization, or institution with which they are affiliated.

I agree that human activity has effected the climate, but not to the extent some extremists claim.

Many groups do not want to admit how much progress we have made over the last 40 or 50 years in cleaning our air and water for fear their contributions will decrease.

More on Environment

October 3, 2016 Press Release

Last Friday the News-Sentinel published a front-page story reporting that an extremely partisan organization had given me an F on votes regarding national parks. In fact, this organization, a so-called National Parks Action Fund, is so partisan that it gave "F" scores to 236 out of 244 Republicans in the U.S. House.

On the other side it gave an "A" score to almost all the Democrats in the House—172 out of 188. While many groups rate the votes of members of Congress, almost no others are so obviously partisan and one-sided.

June 25, 2014 Press Release


WASHINGTON--Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) questioned the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Wednesday about management failures during her watch.

Administrator Gina McCarthy appeared before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing to answer questions about an employee who was paid $900,000 to do nothing.

Rep. Duncan is a senior member of the committee.

Video of Rep. Duncan's statement and questioning can be found below:


June 3, 2014 In The News
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville, accused the Obama administration of pushing “a radical environmental agenda” instead of working with Congress “to do the many good things for the environment we all want done.”
March 13, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressmen John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) introduced legislation Thursday that would allow local governments to more easily access private funds for water infrastructure projects.

The Sustainable Water Infrastructure Act of 2014 removes water and wastewater infrastructure projects from the Private Activity Bond (PAB) volume cap. PABs are a form of financing that allow state and municipal governments to issue tax-exempt bonds to private investors to fund costly infrastructure projects.

July 11, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) said today he was pleased he was able to include in the new highway bill a provision giving more power to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to control commercial air tours, calling the measure “a big help in maintaining the peace of the Smokies.” 

Under the law, the National Park Service now has the power to deny an application to begin or expand air tour operations over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park if it feels the flights would “adversely affect park resources or visitor experiences.”

April 18, 2011 In The News
Congressman Duncan speaks about various East Tennessee issues