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House Proceeding 03-25-09 on Mar 25th, 2009 :: 0:05:10 to 0:09:25
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Doc Hastings

0:05:06 to 0:05:27( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: if not addressed, this issue will continue to cost homes, businesses, community, public lands and lives. the flame act will allow the forest service and the department of interior to respond to these dangerous fires while also accomplishing their missions, including those that will prevent fires from devastating our communities in the future. i ask my colleagues to support

Doc Hastings

0:05:10 to 0:09:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Doc Hastings

0:05:28 to 0:05:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: passage of the flame act and i reservthe balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. chairman. i want to compliment the distinguished chairman of the natural resources committee,

Doc Hastings

0:05:50 to 0:06:10( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: mr. rahall, for sponsoring this legislation and i urge my republican colleagu to support it. this bill makes budgeting and accounting for fighting fires easier for federal agencies and for congress. but, mr. chairman, as written, it does nothing to prevent forest fires. this is an accounting bill, but

Doc Hastings

0:06:11 to 0:06:31( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: not democrats have not moved a single piece of legislation that gives our land managers new authority or tools to manage the disastrous situation on our nation's forests. funding is important, but it will not solve the problem if our land management agencies are handcuffed to wrong-headed

Doc Hastings

0:06:32 to 0:06:52( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: policies backed up by special interest lawsuits. jobs are also at stake with the management of our federal lands. since 2006, mr. chairman, the logging, wood, paper and cabinetry industries have lost 242,000 jobs. two weeks ago, a sierra pacific timber mill in quincy,

Doc Hastings

0:06:53 to 0:07:13( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: california, closed which means thatlose to 10% of the town's economy will be closed down. this is a scenario that has had double-digit unemployment since the early 1990's. one of the main reasons the company cited for the mill closing is the lawsuits by environmental groups on every single timber sale.

Doc Hastings

0:07:14 to 0:07:39( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: on the issue of -- on the issue of climate change and the president's proposed -- proposal of new cap and trade energy tax, we know, we know that forests provide a large and beneficial inventory of stored carbon and that forest fires contribute huge aunts of carbon dioxide emissions. we lose millions of acres of

Doc Hastings

0:07:41 to 0:08:02( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: our natural forest produce billions of tons of pollutants. a medium-sized fire can release 200,000 tons of co-2, but if the burned trees are left to decompose several times that amount will be emitted. at the time that the majority

Doc Hastings

0:08:03 to 0:08:24( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: of congress is trying to make carbon emissions, it is troubling that action is not being taken to prevent wildfires that emit so much carbon into the atmosphere. congress is working overtime on imposing a cap and trade tax scheme that the obama administration says may cost

Doc Hastings

0:08:25 to 0:08:45( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: our economy over $2 trillion. a new report from moody's would cause them -- it would cost 38%. this could cost american families up to $100 a year. these are prices that are too high for americans to pay, especially when the impact of

Doc Hastings

0:08:46 to 0:09:07( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: wildfires is not even being considered. a better way of budgeting for firefighting is need, but -- and that -- and the bill we're considering does precisely that and i support that. but there is far more to this problem than book keeping. the simple fact is that our national forests now have four to five times the amount of trees per acre compared to when

Doc Hastings

0:09:08 to 0:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

Doc Hastings: lewis and clark ventured west. today, these lands are a tender box waiting for a match strike. i hope this bill is improved through the limited number of amendments that were made in order by the rules committee, but it is clear that after enactment of this bill there is still far, far more that needs

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