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House Proceeding 04-27-09 on Apr 27th, 2009 :: 1:39:10 to 1:50:40
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Barbara Lee

1:39:07 to 1:39:28( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: 111th congress and necessitated this message hour. i would now yield to our chair the honorable ms. lee from california. the gentlelady from california. ms. lee: thank you very much. let me thank representative fudge from ohio for once again holding the special order

Barbara Lee

1:39:10 to 1:50:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee

1:39:29 to 1:39:49( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: tonight as congress continues to work to break away from this business to focus on the energy needs of the future. thank you for selflessly coming to the floor each and every monday night making sure the

Barbara Lee

1:39:50 to 1:40:10( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: caucus is heard on each issue, day in and day out. let me also take a moment to thank the c congressional black caucus' energy task force, representative butterfield and sheila jackson lee.

Barbara Lee

1:40:11 to 1:40:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: they promote proper stewartship by protecting the environment. it's so important we continue to call for action on these issues surrounding global warming and the continued degradation of our environment perpetrated by our perilous, and i mean our perilous, and i think she the whole country understands wh

Barbara Lee

1:40:32 to 1:40:53( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: we mean when we say perilous dependence on fossil fuels. there's no way we can deny th interconnection between our stewardship of the environment and the state of the economy, public health, and our communities. the drastic acceleration of greenhouse gas emissions has often been concentrated in low

Barbara Lee

1:40:54 to 1:41:16( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: income and minority communities. putting these vulnerable populations on the front lines, mind you, of the fight again environmental degradation and global climate change. in fact, 71% of african-americans live in counties in violation of federal air pollution standds, that's

Barbara Lee

1:41:17 to 1:41:38( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: 71% of african-americans, and 78% live within 30 miles, or within the tox sis prim turnover a coal-fired power plant. this is shameful. day after day, in my district, for example, face the severe consequences of pollution, urban sprawl, and

Barbara Lee

1:41:39 to 1:41:59( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: environmental injustice which harshly affects people of color and low-income families. sadly, this epidemic is hitting our children the hardest. back home in my district, children growing up in west oakland are seven times, mind you, seven times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than the average child in california.

Barbara Lee

1:42:00 to 1:42:20( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: none of us can afford to take this lightly. the health of our community and our neighbors affects us all. simply put, climate change has and will continue to exacerbate the problems of poverty and inequality. members of the congressional black caucus energy task force

Barbara Lee

1:42:21 to 1:42:41( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: and myself recently wrote a letter to chairman waxman of the house energy and commerce committee expressing support for comprehensive climate legislation and investments in the green economy. i won't read the let let's for the its entirety, mr. speaker, but i would like to ask for unanimous consent to instert the letter into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without

Barbara Lee

1:42:42 to 1:43:03( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: objection. ms. lee: thank you. basically we talked about investments in the green economy, consumer protection, job leakage otection, adaptation, and, of course, we talked about why we thought the bill should move very quickly and move forward with these key elements in place. in this letter we also stress

Barbara Lee

1:43:04 to 1:43:26( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: the importance of shielding low income households from price shocks to ensure that they do not bear a disproportion burden as we transition to a low-carben economy. we also called for the expansion of complimentary energy-efficient programs and for regular and predictable funding for adaptation and

Barbara Lee

1:43:27 to 1:43:48( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: mitigation assistance abroad. by the year 2030 it's estimated that the cost of adapting to global climate change could amnt to more than $100 billion annually, with up to $67 billion per year to meet the needs of the developing world alone. earlier this year i introduced

Barbara Lee

1:43:49 to 1:44:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: h.con.res. 98, the congressional resolution which recognizes the desperate impact of climate change on women and the efforts of women globally to address climb change. this resolution illustrates the disproportion impact of climate change and environmental degradation on the world's most vulnerable populations.

Barbara Lee

1:44:10 to 1:44:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: more importantly, it reflects the reality that any strategy to combat global warming and climate change will really need to include meaningful and equitable action on the international level. the united states must provide support for adaptation and sustainable development abroad as well as assistance to ensure

Barbara Lee

1:44:32 to 1:44:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: affordable access to emerging, clean technologies. it's time to think big, not small, and the challenge of addressing global climate change will require a truly comprehensive and transformative solution. i'm eatly encouraged by the actions already taken by the obama administration to re-engage with the

Barbara Lee

1:44:53 to 1:45:15( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: international community in order to find solutions to this global challenge. and i also applaud the environmental protection agency's recent finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, which finally recognizeshe need to protect our communities and the global ecosystem by acting immediately to curb

Barbara Lee

1:45:16 to 1:45:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: carbon pollution and i was listening to the other side talk a little earlier, i couldn't help but wonder really where they were for the last eight years because had some of these actions and initiatives been put in place in the last eight years, perhaps we would be much further ahead. in our overall cmate change efforts and the public health,

Barbara Lee

1:45:37 to 1:45:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: of course, would be, i think, much better protected. but i think we heard a little bit of a revision of history tonight. so i just have to say that as i move forward. as chair of the congressional black caucus, though, let me just say that we want to continue to work with the obama administration and all of our colleagues here in a bipartisan

Barbara Lee

1:45:59 to 1:46:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: way to help pass responsible and comprehensive climate change legislation that will spur the development of clean, renewable energy and the deployment of much-needed energy-efficient technologies. legislation which sets us on a path toward energy independence and a new low-carbon economy

Barbara Lee

1:46:20 to 1:46:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: will help to maintain the united states' position as a leader in innovation and create hundreds of thousands of good-paying green jobs and finally help us get off of this addiction that we have to oil, especially break the stronghold that really has been crippling

Barbara Lee

1:46:41 to 1:47:01( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: us in terms of our dependence on foreign oil. one of the most exciting and inclusive solutions to many of the issues facing environmental health is the possibility afforded to us by promoting green jobs traing and the growth of the green economy in america. and i'm very pleased to say that the president in his

Barbara Lee

1:47:02 to 1:47:23( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: economic recovery package which, of course, the other side, i don't think, mentioned tonight, included $100 million for green job training. we have to have people prepared that are going to be provided think about industry and so $100 million would get us started on that path. but, again, we have to look at this in a bipartisan way and i

Barbara Lee

1:47:24 to 1:47:45( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: hope that at some point we will. to that end, i recently re-introduced legislation entitled the metro economy's green act or the megabill. this is h.r. 330. this estlishes grant programs to encourage energy-efficient economic delopment and green job trainand creation of green jobs.

Barbara Lee

1:47:46 to 1:48:07( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: this legislation would also create a national institute to serve and a clearing house for best practices in order to facilitate the successful expansion of green jobs on a national scale. as the representative of california's ninth congressional district, i would also just like to take a moment to recognize the role that california's east bay is

Barbara Lee

1:48:08 to 1:48:30( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: playing at the forefront of the green jobs industry and green jobs movement. we have a number of innovative initiatives in my district in particular, including the east bay green corridor initiative, the oakland green job corps, the joint bioenergy institute, the lohrence berkley national lab and the energy bio sciences institute at berkley.

Barbara Lee

1:48:31 to 1:48:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: i recently visited the oakland green job corps with the special adviser to president obama on energy and climate change, who is doing a fantastic job in this position, and also with the mayor who is providing tremendous leadership on this issue -- in this area. we visited the oakland green

Barbara Lee

1:48:53 to 1:49:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: job corps to show the obama administration, really a groundbreaking example of green collar jobs, work force development and what we're doing in oakland in terms of preparing our young people for these jobs of the future. this is already up and running the oakland green job corps is a partnership of cmunity

Barbara Lee

1:49:14 to 1:49:34( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: organizations, trade unions, private companies and the city of oland. it provides oakland with the necessary training -- i'm sorry, provides oak left-hand side's residents with the necessary training -- provides oakland's residents with the necessary training and work experience to pursue these creers.

Barbara Lee

1:49:35 to 1:49:57( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: one component of the corps is called the -- careers. one component of the corps provides invaluable pathways out of poverty which is extremely important to recognize at these positions. also it provides vocational training for bay area men and women, especially those with barriers to employment. green has already become the

Barbara Lee

1:49:58 to 1:50:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: fifth largest industry in the nation and with the proper continue to see an explosion of innovation and the expansion of economic opportunities surrounding the green movement. there is no doubt in my mind that a greener future will lead to a more prosperous future for our communities, the nation and the world. but it must be a movement that

Barbara Lee

1:50:20 to 1:50:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Lee: is inclusive of all and that leaves no community behind. bipartisan basis to act swiftly to move america beyond its dependence on oil, address the climate cris and really help protect america's natural resources for our children's future. and as a person of faith, i

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