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Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: efore the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. june 23, 2008. i hereby appoint the honorable shelley berkley to act as speaker pro tempore on

Cliff Stearns

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Speech By: Cliff Stearns

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message from the senate. the messenger: madam speaker, a message from the senate.

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to h.con.res. 307

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: expressing the sent of congress that members congressional papers should be properly maintained and encouraging members to take all necessary measures to manage and preserve these papers. the

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Cliff Stearns: speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 4, 2007, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate.

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida, mr. stearns. mr. stearns: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. stearns:

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Cliff Stearns: good morning, madam speaker. question for all of us, why would the most powerful economy in the world leave so much of its own energy sources untapped? alone among all the countries, the

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: united states ha placed a substantial amount of its oil and natural gas potential off limits. other countries have the potential to drill just off their shores. but the united states firms face

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: strict restrictions on most drillingg offshore areas even as american drivers face higher prices at the gags pump. domestic oil and gas production has failed to keep pace with the growing

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: demand both domestically and abroad. it's not because we are not lacking for domestic energy. since 1990, the federal government has placed severe restrictions on new energy development, particularly

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: in so me of our most promising areas. as this graph shows, congress has placed over 85% of our outer continental shelf off limits. back then oil and natural gas were cheap and the need for additional

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: energy wasn't considered significant. also the 1989 exxon valdez oil tanker spill lead to the heightened environmental concerns about offshore energy production. environmental concerns took

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: precedent over future economic considerations. soon access to 85% of federally controlled offshore areas had been restricted, including the pacific and atlantic coast and portions of the

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Cliff Stearns: area off-the-shores of alaska and the eastern -- off the shores of alaska and the eastern gulf of mexico. no one kws how much energy lies in those areas. but many agree there was enough to

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Cliff Stearns: bring stability to energy markets and make a real difference in oil and natural gas price force many years to come. according to recent interior department studdy, restricted offshore areas

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: are known to contain -- this is a fact -- 15 billion barrels of oil and 60 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. but literally when they go to the estimate beyond hard facts, they estimat go

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: up to 86 billion barrels of oil and even higher. and 420 trillion cubic feet c of natural gas, enough oil to replace all of our imports for the next 27 years at current rates. in fact, it

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: may be even higher given that most o mf the offlimit areas have not been thoroughly explored. new technology and what we estimate based upon the 1980's is probably not correct. our policies need

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: to catch up with our times. oil and natural gas prices have tripled since the 1990's. demand continues to increase by a steady 1.5% per year, imports have increased, political stability and oil

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: producing nations has decreased. domestic production has flattened. all while our ability to extract resources without environmental damage has incrsed dramatically. with all this energy out there,

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: demand at an all-time high and prices remaining high, what has ta ken so long?on the biggest problem has been environmental concerns. worried about a spill, what would it do to the tourist industry?

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Cliff Stearns: for example in the gulf coast areas. the national academy of science says that, quote, improved production technology and safety training of personnel have dramatically reduced both blowouts and

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Cliff Stearns: daily operational spills. the danger of such spills has been greatly reduced that of the more than seven billion barrels of oil pump offshore in the past 25 years. in fact it's a.001%, that

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: is 1/1,000th of a percent has been spilled. even during katrina and rita during winds that reached 170 miles per hour and lashing waves that took out a quarter of america's energy production,

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Cliff Stearns: no significant spills were reported.re furthermore, cuba wants to let the chinese drill in some of the very parts of the gulf that american producers are a forbidden to touch. some as close

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: as 45 miles off the florida coast. do we truly believe the environmental safeguards of chinese energy firms are better than ours? it's time we stop assuming that all energy exploration is bad. most

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: takes place too far from the coast to be seen and we haven't even had a spill from offshore drilling in over 40 years. neither has canada, which permits drilling off its atlantic and pacific

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: coast and in the great lakes where some riggs are closer to u.s. shores than american producers are permitted to drill. madam spker, america's energy problems are partially self-imposed and

Cliff Stearns

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Cliff Stearns: that needs to end. congress overreacted in the 1990's and it needs tondo that damage. our need for affordable energy e will not decrease and the time has come to lift the restrictions

Tom Price

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Tom Price: on offshore energy production and let u.s. producers do what they can do to meet our growing energy demands. it's time for this congress to get serious about bridging the growing gap between

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