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House Proceeding on Jun 26th, 2009 :: 0:20:00 to 0:28:20
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Doris O. Matsui

0:19:50 to 0:20:10( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. sessions. all time yielded during consideration of the rule is for debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous materials into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. matsui: i yield myself such time as i may consume.

Doris O. Matsui

0:20:00 to 0:28:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Doris O. Matsui

0:20:11 to 0:20:32( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. matsui: madam speaker, before i begin my remarks, i would like to speak briefly about all that the speaker has meant to this body. since coming to congress i have watched ellen tauscher navigate the legislative and political waters of the house of representatives. she has always done so with

Doris O. Matsui

0:20:33 to 0:20:58( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: uncommon grace, skill, and acuemen which we would all be well served to emulate. we will all miss her presence here in this chamber whether in the chair or on the floor. but we know that she will continue to serve her country well in a new capacity as undersecretary for arms contr and international security at

Doris O. Matsui

0:21:00 to 0:21:20( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: madam speaker, h.res. provides a structured rule for consideration of h.r. 2454, the american clean energy and security act. the resolution provides for three hours of general debate with 2 1/2 hours controlled by the committee on energy and commerce and 30 minutes controlled by the commiee on waysnd means. madam speaker, from coast to

Doris O. Matsui

0:21:21 to 0:21:42( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: coast we are seeing the effects of our just last week experts from 13 government agencies and several universities issued aew report on global cmate change impacts in the united states. their analysis was clear. the global warming is caused by human induced emissions. this is also already having

Doris O. Matsui

0:21:43 to 0:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: visible impacts in the united states. we are seeing these effects throughout our country. from increases in heavy storms to rising sea levels. from earlier snow alterations in river flows. these experts concluded that the negative effects of climate change will continue to worsen. climate change will combine with other air pollution,

Doris O. Matsui

0:22:06 to 0:22:28( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: population growth, overuse of resources, and social, economic, and environmental stresses to create larger impacts that we felt around the world and here at home. for my constituents, this threat is very real and very urgent. california sea department water

Doris O. Matsui

0:22:29 to 0:22:49( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: the sierra nevada snow pack will experience an reduction by 2050. these are not empty numbers. as california's climate warns, more of the water sheds will continue to peak storm's runoff. high frequency flood events are projected to increase as a result. we have no choice but to adapt to these changing realities.

Doris O. Matsui

0:22:50 to 0:23:11( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: in sacramento, we live at the confluence of two great rivers -- the sacramento and the american. as global warming intensifies, scientists predict greater storm intensity that forever change these river's flow patterns. this meansy district will have to cope with more direct runoff and flooding. i want to thank chairman

Doris O. Matsui

0:23:12 to 0:23:33( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: and chairman markey for working with me to ensure that this bill addresses california's water needs and the context of climate change. allowances are distributed to stes for urgen projects to help fight extreme weather and flooding. these resources will be vital as we work to adapt to changing climates and more intense weather patterns.

Doris O. Matsui

0:23:34 to 0:23:55( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: in order to deal with these issues and others that confront us all, the energy and commerce committee has held countless hearings on energy and climate change policy over the past 2 1/2 years. this year alone, we have convened over a dozen hearings and heard from numerous experts as well as national and international leaders. in total, the committee has held over 40 days of hearings

Doris O. Matsui

0:23:56 to 0:24:16( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: on energy and climate change policy over the past two congresses. during these deliberations, over 300 witnesses testified, including 130 in this year alone. whether not we all agree with chairman waxman and chairman markey on the issue of global warming, and i personally do, we should all

Doris O. Matsui

0:24:17 to 0:24:39( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: applaud the work these two chmen have done to get us here today. this bill is not only an achievement for the american people, but also for our children and our grandchildren. by spurring a new era of clean energy jobs, this bill puts our economy on a new trajectory. because of this investment, our children and grandchildren will

Doris O. Matsui

0:24:40 to 0:25:00( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: live in a country that is more sustainable, more economically viable, and more efficient than the country we live in today. the legislation will create millions of n clean energy jobs and hands america's energy independence and protect the environment. specifically, it requires electric uetults to be 20% of

Doris O. Matsui

0:25:01 to 0:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: the electricity demand to renewable and energy sources and energy efficiency by 2020. it also invests in new clean energy technologies d energy efficiency, including energy efficiency and renewable energy, carbon capture, and sequestration, and basic scientific research and development. it mandates new energy savings standards for buildings,

Doris O. Matsui

0:25:22 to 0:25:42( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: appliance, and industry. and it reduces carbon emission from major u.s. sources by 17% by 2020 and over 80% by 2050. these are the natioide impacts of this groundbreaking legislation. part of the brilliance of this bill before is that it also gives tools to

Doris O. Matsui

0:25:43 to 0:26:05( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: local communities to fight climate change on their own. one of the way this is bill does so is through the transportation sector. transportation accounts for 30% of the greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere each year therefore, effective climate change legislation must include a transportation component if we are going to achieve the

Doris O. Matsui

0:26:06 to 0:26:26( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: emission reduction levels that science tisses say are vital to saving our planet. i appreciate wking with committee on section 222 which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through comprehensive transportation efficiency and land use planning. the way we plan our communities and transportation systems has a al effect on how well we

Doris O. Matsui

0:26:27 to 0:26:47( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: reduce emissions from transportation. this legislation also protects consumers from energy price increases. according to estimates from the e.p.a., the reductions and carbon pollution required by the legislation will cost american families only 22 cents to 30 cents per day. though fighting global warming is not just about preserving

Doris O. Matsui

0:26:48 to 0:27:08( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: our current way of of life, it is also about creating a cleaner, stronger economy that will power the united states toward a clean energy future. e.p.a. analysis shows that the nation's gross domestic product would grow from $13 trillion in 2008. to over $22 trillion in

Doris O. Matsui

0:27:09 to 0:27:29( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: while deploying clean energy technology and reducing global warming pollution. andonsumption and economic measure of household's purchasing potential would grow by 8% to 10% and 23% to 28% by 2030. with the american clean energy

Doris O. Matsui

0:27:30 to 0:27:51( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: and security act, we are making smart investments. we are giving entrepreneurs the tools they need to create clean energy jobs that demand american skills and that put our country in a strong position to compete internationally. madam speaker, with the american clean energy and security act, we will show the rest of the world that america

Doris O. Matsui

0:27:52 to 0:28:12( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: is back and we are ready to lead again. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. session: madam speaker, i would like to on behalf of my republican colleagues congratulate you for your wonderful new responsibilities that you'll have at the state department.

Doris O. Matsui

0:28:13 to 0:28:20( Edit History Discussion )

Doris O. Matsui: congratulations on your senate confirmation yesterday. >> would the gentleman yield?

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