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House Proceeding 05-05-09 on May 5th, 2009 :: 2:44:25 to 2:47:20
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Steve Scalise

2:44:22 to 2:44:42( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: colleague and friend, also from the energy and commerce committee, congressman scalise from louisiana. mr. scalise: i want to thank my friend from illinois for his leadership on this as well as my other colleague -- as well. as my other colleague said, this is one of the big battles that happens up here in congress not too often but at a time when we're facing very difficult

Steve Scalise

2:44:25 to 2:47:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Steve Scalise

Steve Scalise

2:44:43 to 2:45:03( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: times in our economy. we're talking about different things that we can do to get our economy back on track, but for the last few years, a lot of us have been ta need to do to really achieve energy independence, to reduce our dependence on middle eastern oil, stop sending billions of dollars to countries that don't like us. but also to really promote those alternatives in our own country.

Steve Scalise

2:45:04 to 2:45:24( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: so that we can get to that next level of generation of new energy sources. and so this bill, this cap and trade energy tax comes before us, clearly and if you look at president obama's own budget, president obama's budget estimates that cap and trade energy tax would generate $646 billion in new taxes on american families. something that would have a

Steve Scalise

2:45:25 to 2:45:45( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: devastating impact, national association of manufacturers estimates three million to four million jobs would be lost. the president's own budget director says average american families would pay thousands of dollars more on their home utility bills. so i think as people loo this, they realize this is the wrong approach. the good us in is, there is a better way to do this. we filed last year the american

Steve Scalise

2:45:46 to 2:46:06( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: energy act, a bill to actually promote a comprehensive energy plan, to get energy independence in america, but to get it by using our own natural resources, to explore oil, our natural gas, which we keep finding more reserves throughout the country, up in shreveport, louisiana, they found the largest natural gas reserve in the country's history.

Steve Scalise

2:46:07 to 2:46:27( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: so we have the natural resources in our own country. unfortunately a lot of policies here stop us from using them. that could create hundreds of thousands of jobs, generate billions of dollars for our economy and then you use that money to promote and find and explore those alternative sources of energy, like wind, like solar, to get those online. to encourage more conservation. people are already doing that.

Steve Scalise

2:46:28 to 2:46:48( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: we also need to include clean coal technology and nuclear power. nuclear's a source that emits no carbon. and so as we've heard from some of these -- studies, the spain study is a really good indicator. a country that's gone down this cap d trade energy tax rode and -- road and realized how devastating it is to their economy. that study that just came now the spain that said for every

Steve Scalise

2:46:49 to 2:47:09( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: green job they created, every permanent green job, they lost over 20 full-time jobs because even the bulk of the jobs they created were temporary jobs. so for every job they created, that was a permanent job, they lost 20 jobs in their economy and they've realized it was a failure. america surely shouldn't it -- go down that road. there's a much better way, a way

Steve Scalise

2:47:10 to 2:47:20( Edit History Discussion )

Steve Scalise: we can achieve american energy independence by promoting the alternatives and using our natural resources that we have in country to create good jobs, keep those jobs here, promote the alternative sources of

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