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House Proceeding 05-05-09 on May 5th, 2009 :: 1:57:00 to 2:05:10
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Marsha Blackburn

1:56:59 to 1:57:22( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: gentleman from i'll for his leadership on this issue and hosting this special order hour. i am so pleased to comand join with us and -- join with you and discuss the issues we have before us with the democrats' national energy tax or the cap and tax legislation as some call it or cap our growth and trade

Marsha Blackburn

1:57:00 to 2:05:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn

1:57:23 to 1:57:43( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: our jobs, or mr. speaker, many people refer to cap and trade as just that. because it is certainly what they are going to do. now we all -- we also know if they don't get their way on cap and trade, what they are talking about doing is an end run and coming back around and letting

Marsha Blackburn

1:57:44 to 1:58:05( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: the e.p.a. regulate co-2 emissions under the clean air act and indeed, i have -- i have a bill, h.r. 391, i would encourage all colleagues in this house, all members of this house, sign on and support this bill and keep the e.p.a. from

Marsha Blackburn

1:58:06 to 1:58:27( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: going around against the will of the people and regulating co-2 emissions under the clean air act and mr. speaker, i think it's very interesting that as we are having this hour tonight and as we are looking at the logic

Marsha Blackburn

1:58:28 to 1:58:48( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: of e.p.a. and the logic of some of my colleagues, i wonder if we have considered that if you look at the e.p.a.'s threshold, the threshold of 25,000 tons of co-2, that would make you a major emitter, if we have considered that the e.p.a. threatens to use that regulation

Marsha Blackburn

1:58:49 to 1:59:09( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: against every business, every farm, every church or every building in this country. and of course before the e.p.a. gets the chance to regulate co-2, many of our colleagues want to come in and tax it right here so that they can both regulate the air that we breathe

Marsha Blackburn

1:59:10 to 1:59:32( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: and tax the air that we both breathe and then that we exhale. the debate we have before us is not about making energy cleaner. it is not about making energy more plentiful. what we would see happen from this debate is that energy would become more and morscarce.

Marsha Blackburn

1:59:33 to 1:59:53( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: and we also would see that the cost to every family would be more and more expense. so here we are, we're talking about cap and trade, we're talking about the expense of it, and as expensive as energy costs got last year, we're not going

Marsha Blackburn

1:59:54 to 2:00:16( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: to take any action that will make it more plentiful, we're not taking any action that would make it more readily available, we're not taking actions that are going to make it cleaner. and we are not taking actions that are going to make it more affordable. indeed, the legislation before

Marsha Blackburn

2:00:17 to 2:00:37( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: us would do quite the opposite. so i join the gentleman from illinois in being from a state, my state of tennessee, that would be among the hardest hit by this new energy tax and by the efforts that are coming from the other side. indeed, their efforts to make energy more expensive, my

Marsha Blackburn

2:00:38 to 2:01:01( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: colleagues on the other side of the aisle have slinet forgotten haw quickly economic slowdowns follow, escalating energy costs. they've forgotten how dramatically high gasoline prices impacted family budgets last summer. they look on the increased use

Marsha Blackburn

2:01:02 to 2:01:22( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: of public transit as a benefit, forgetting that in many rural districts like mine in tennessee, there's no mass trsit, no bus service that gos from waynes bro to adamsville to selmer. there's no mass transit in these rural communities. in picking winners and losers, which they do in this

Marsha Blackburn

2:01:23 to 2:01:44( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: legislation, they pick lots of winners and decide who is going to be the losers, they are asking the american people in their bill to make a choice between very expensive energy or no energy at all. all their scheme will cap is american productivity and trade american jobs.

Marsha Blackburn

2:01:45 to 2:02:05( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: i think, mr. speaker, that if you were to ask each and every member of this house, we wld all say we believe in clean air, clean water, and clean energy. we believe in conserving our environment for future generations. certainly. i grew up in a household with a mother who dedicated much of her life to conservation and

Marsha Blackburn

2:02:06 to 2:02:26( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: beautification and preservation and historic preservation efforts, so much so that in 1997, keep america beautiful gave her their lifetime achievement award. we grew up doing the things that help clean this planet, looking

Marsha Blackburn

2:02:27 to 2:02:47( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: for ways for energy to be more affordable and accessible. now, republicans as a whole believe in that type conservation for future generations. we do not believe that you need to tax the american people out of their house and home to pay for it. a house, by the way, which under a cap and trade system is going

Marsha Blackburn

2:02:48 to 2:03:10( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: to be hotter during the summer and colder during the winter. republicans believe that we have more alternatives than wind and solar as sources for clean, secure energy. we kw that we can safely exploit american oil resources to provide for a less expensive transition to alternative fuels.

Marsha Blackburn

2:03:11 to 2:03:31( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: we know that we can pow aeronext generation electricity grid with safe nuclear power that will allow for practical electric cars and reliable transmission rather than forcing the costs of energy to explode so that washington might fund yet another expansion of the federal

Marsha Blackburn

2:03:32 to 2:03:52( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: government. tennesseans know that hide are electric power is -- hydroelectric power is safe, reliable, clean, it's powered our state for two generations. what bewilders me is that these kinds of innovative solutions are di democrat cap and tax system. it reinforces my belief that

Marsha Blackburn

2:03:53 to 2:04:14( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: this bill is more about revenue than it is about revolutionary energy. we should be doing things to encourage our innovators. we should be doing things to incentivize, incentize exploration and transition to new types of energy rather than

Marsha Blackburn

2:04:15 to 2:04:38( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: making it more expensive, making it more scarce, and cutting off energy and innovation. republicans have proposals for safer, cleaner, cheaper domestic energy that will conserve our resources, secure our energy sources and expand our economy. we do it without picking losers

Marsha Blackburn

2:04:39 to 2:04:59( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: but rather by inspining that innovative spirit that has solved problem after problem after problem in this nation. we do it without making energy more expensive and more burdensome to the family budget. we do it without making power more scarce but by making it more abundant. i thank the gentleman from

Marsha Blackburn

2:05:00 to 2:05:10( Edit History Discussion )

Marsha Blackburn: illinois for his leadership on this issue and i encourage all of our colleagues to join us in making certain we stand against cap and trade and that also that

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