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House Proceeding 02-06-07 on Feb 6th, 2007 :: 5:55:49 to 5:59:57
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Wayne T. Gilchrest

5:53:30 to 5:55:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Wayne T. Gilchrest

Wayne T. Gilchrest

5:55:38 to 5:55:49( Edit History Discussion )

Wayne T. Gilchrest: of oil and burning fossil fuel. i'll yield back to the gentleman. mr. bartlett: thank you. congressman gilchrest and i have both been twice to antarctica. one of the trips we made together. we're

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:55:49 to 5:56:05( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: on the science committee, and we have a large experiment station down there right at the pole. when you go to antarctica, and that's a continent that nobody owns, i think argentina claims

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:55:49 to 5:59:57( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Roscoe G. Bartlett

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:56:05 to 5:56:23( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: they own it and russia claims they own it but nobody honors those statements. it's an international area. it's got ice piled nearly two miles high, so high and so heavy that it's actually

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:56:23 to 5:56:37( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: pushed the continent down a little bit under it. . 90% of all the world's ice is in antarctica. and 70% of all the world's fresh water. you take our great lakes and all of the relatively thin ice

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:56:37 to 5:56:49( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: at the north pole and greenland, that's relatively thin. so we have 90% of the ice down there and 70% of the fresh water. congressman gilchrest mentioned that the oceans would rise maybe three feet

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:56:49 to 5:57:03( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: with the melting of the glacial cap in greenland and so worth. and the arctic. if all of the ice melt -- that would take a very long time. that's not going to happen tomorrow because there's

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:57:03 to 5:57:19( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: a lot there. if all the ice melted in antarctica, i'm told that the ocean would rise 200 feet. now, that would really, really change our world because i don't know what percent of our population

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:57:19 to 5:57:37( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: lives within 200-foot altitude of the ocean. i suspect it's more than 50% if you look around the world of the people that live less than 200 feet altitude. now, there is an interesting ocean current

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:57:37 to 5:57:51( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: that goes around antarctica talking about ocean currents and their effect on climates. that's the circumpolar current. what it does t. keeps like the gulf stream let the cold air down

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:57:51 to 5:58:06( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: or keep it from coming down. this stream around the pole keeps the northern -- down there it's northern waters that are warm. keeps the warm northern waters from coming down into antarctica.

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:58:06 to 5:58:26( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: and if something happened that stopped that circumpolar stream, the antarctic polar icecap might melt much more quickly than we anticipate it might melt. as an indication of how much these

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:58:26 to 5:58:38( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: ocean currents affect climate, about five years ago, i guess it was, an iceberg broke off down in antarctica which was the size of delaware. and in spite of the sir couple polar -- circumpolar

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:58:38 to 5:58:53( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: current, some warm waters do get through it and temper the water a little and that usually melts the sea ice enough so they could get a boat in with -- full of diesel fuel to where the main

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:58:53 to 5:59:04( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: station is. you fly from there to the pole. and because that big iceberg the size of delaware blocked the flow of this water, that year, that was four years ago, it was so-called there that

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:59:04 to 5:59:18( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: the ice -- sea ice didn't melt and the closest they could get with the help, by the way, of a russian ice breaker, the closest they could get was three miles out. so they laid a hose three miles

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:59:18 to 5:59:32( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: across the ice to fill their tanks. by the way, congressman, one of the things that quite amazed me there, when i was down there, the sun was shining all day long. and the wind blew incessantly.

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:59:32 to 5:59:43( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: i didn't see any solar panels down there. i didn't see any wind machines down there. in the summer down there, in their summer, our winter, they could clearly make all of their energy from

Roscoe G. Bartlett

5:59:43 to 5:59:57( Edit History Discussion )

Roscoe G. Bartlett: the wind and from solar. it just reflects the president's wise observation that we are hooked on oil. we are so hooked on oil that we are really quite irrational in our use of it. had you

Wayne T. Gilchrest

5:59:57 to 6:00:13( Edit History Discussion )

Wayne T. Gilchrest: a comment? mr. gilchrest: the first time i went -- mr. bartlett and i have been down there twice. the first time i went was probably about 10 years ago. the supply ship to get to the station had to

Wayne T. Gilchrest

5:59:57 to 6:01:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Wayne T. Gilchrest

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