- On TransCanada's Keystone pipelines: "I’m not a cheerleader for that kind of development, but I do want to make sure it gets done right if it’s going to get done.... Those are hard decisions, and I think we’ve done a good job. But managing growth is always difficult.”
- On wind power, Johnson notes that by the end of his second term, South Dakota will have 15 times more wind-energy development than it did when he started the job back in 2005 (that's impressive!).
- On sticking with this job instead of seeking higher office: Johnson says he doesn't want to spend more time away from his family (even I say a big mushy aaawwww! to that). Besides, he likes his job: "Energy issues are a really big deal in this country right now. I’ve got a job that is very interesting and that I love, and that I feel has a big impact on people’s lives."
Let's hope he's right: a vigorously fought campaign for PUC would bring to the fore a valuable discussion about wind power, TransCanada, Big Stone II, and the energy future of our state and our nation.