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House Proceeding 07-21-09 on Jul 21st, 2009 :: 0:11:00 to 0:15:20
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Greg Walden

0:10:57 to 0:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and completed and bring this new power source online. i'd like to yield three minutes to my friend from oregon, mr. walden. thspeaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. walden: i thank my colleague from louisiana. i rise today also in support of this legislation, i think it's a good bill because i think hydroelectric power is a good thing for our country.

Greg Walden

0:11:00 to 0:15:20( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Greg Walden

Greg Walden

0:11:18 to 0:11:40( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: when we're concerned about get regular newble energy online, -- renewable energy online, probably nothing better than hydropower for that unfortunately, in the cap and tax bill that was passed by this house over my objection and over the objection of the gentleman from illinois, there is a provision on page 19, line

Greg Walden

0:11:41 to 0:12:01( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: 12, sub3, that says the hydroelectric -- electric project on the dam is limit sod that any elevation that would have occurreded in the absense maintained. mr. chairman, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct.

Greg Walden

0:12:02 to 0:12:23( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: could we remove conversations from the floor so the gentleman can be heard? >> thank you, mr. chairman. i share this language with you because the gentleman from illinois my friend, talk about the 404,000ing me watts,

Greg Walden

0:12:24 to 0:12:45( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: whatever it is, i didn't -- 404,000 meg waits, whatever it is, i didn't jot the number down, my concern is that hydropower is being added after this legislation is moving forward should the cap and tax bill become law that hydropower, according to this language, would not be considered as renewable energy for purposes of illinois meeting the new federal

Greg Walden

0:12:46 to 0:13:08( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: standard on renewable energy. because in consultation with two civil engineers i've speaken with -- i've spoken with who operate hide roe projects, many of them, and large-scale hide roe projects, when i shared this with them about maintaining a surface elevation at any location and time they laughed. they said, you can't operate a

Greg Walden

0:13:09 to 0:13:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: hide roe system and not affect the -- a hydro system and not affect the water behind the dam in some way at some point system of to disqualify the new hide hydro like the gentleman from illinois is trying to get here, it makes no sense to me. either tie hie drow power is renewable or it's not. there's another provision that

Greg Walden

0:13:33 to 0:13:55( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: said that hydro that came online before 1988 is renewable, but before 1988 it's not. you've got water flowing down a river, multiple dams along the way, it's the same water. it just depends on what year the dam was built whether or not that hydro-- hydro power is crerd newble, that doesn't make sense.

Greg Walden

0:13:56 to 0:14:17( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: nor to provisions in the -- do the provisions that say if woody biomass come off a stand, you can't count it, but if it came off a severely damaged

Greg Walden

0:14:18 to 0:14:38( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: tree, it is, but if it comes off private lynde, there's no restrictions if it's burned. i tell you that because america's forests are overstocked and stouget catastrophic fires. we could create real jobs -- mr. scalise: i yield another

Greg Walden

0:14:39 to 0:15:00( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized 34r678 walden: i was out in four counties in my district. i think two, maybe three are at over 20% unemployment. they have 70%, 80%, 50% federal land. this is the great forests of our country left to burn up, the woody biomass could have

Greg Walden

0:15:01 to 0:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: been put into clean energy, there are firms willing to invesif they can get the supply. i share the gentleman's support of this legislation to create and move forward on the hydro project. it's unfortunate the cap and tax bill that passed the house welcomes -- becomes law it won't be considered renewable.

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