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House Proceeding 07-23-09 on Jul 23rd, 2009 :: 1:13:15 to 1:21:45
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Bob Goodlatte

1:13:14 to 1:13:35( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: mistake and it's not a republican-dem it's whoever's doing it need to stop for the good of the american people and i yield to the gentleman from virginia who is now the ranking member of the energy subcommittee of agriculture, so he is very well schooled. used to be the lead republican on the agriculture committee, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, for as much time as he needs. mr. goodlatte: i thank the

Bob Goodlatte

1:13:15 to 1:21:45( Edit History Discussion )
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Bob Goodlatte

1:13:36 to 1:13:56( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: gentleman from tennessee, my good friend, for yielding me this time and for organizing this excellent discussion about what we need to do about america's energy policy and about creating those jobs. because we know, we have the ideas, we have been talking about them for well over a year now in terms of the american energy act and things that we

Bob Goodlatte

1:13:57 to 1:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: have been doing to try to bring this congress in the right diction on the creation of new jobs, by creating an america that is not dependent upon foreign sources of energy. and i've had the privilege of traveling to t district in tennessee to talk about one of those areas. we held a conference down there, talking about renewal fuels,

Bob Goodlatte

1:14:22 to 1:14:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: particularly fuels generated by switch grass and other forms of agricultural production other than corn, which has been problem in our country today. and that is right there and that is something that we can do and we all support developing other forms of new technology. we want to find a cheaper way to build solar cells. he want to find a less expensive

Bob Goodlatte

1:14:45 to 1:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: way to generate electricity from wind or to generate power from geothermal and other new technologies. and we also want to encourage as much energy efficiency as we possibly can. all of those things will help our families, help our businesses, it will help them remain competitive and and create jobs.

Bob Goodlatte

1:15:06 to 1:15:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: but we also know that it is absolutely important if america is going to create new jobs that we have to utilize the resources that w that we have been dependent upon, for a long time and until you have new technologies, you don't raise the cost of the types of energy that people are dependent upon. more than half of our

Bob Goodlatte

1:15:28 to 1:15:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: electricity comes from coal, a resource which we have in tremendous abundance in this country. 20% of our electricity comes from nuclear power, another area that the gentleman from tennessee and i share a very strong common interest in. he having oak ridge in his congressional district and i having lynchburg, a major

Bob Goodlatte

1:15:49 to 1:16:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: nuclear power center in the country in my congressional district. the legislation that we voted on a month ago here in the ngress did nothing to promote the most greenhouse gas reducing form of electricity generation, nuclear power. that to me seems to be something that was completely and totally

Bob Goodlatte

1:16:12 to 1:16:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: neglected in that legislation. coal on the other hand wasn't neglected. it was thrown out in a way that willaise the cost of electricity to my constituents and anybody in the country from areas that are heavily dependent upon electricity generation from coal. which, by the way, is most of the country. so that was the wrong approach.

Bob Goodlatte

1:16:33 to 1:16:55( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: the right approach is the american energy act. many of us, i think everybody who's here this evening, came back here to washington last august when gasoline prices were $4 a gallon, when oil was $140 a barrel, and we took the floor in a darkened chamber day after day after day to talk to the people who were touring the capitol,

Bob Goodlatte

1:16:56 to 1:17:16( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: people around the country who were aware of what we were doing to tell the story of what needed to be done. we came back into session in september and that was completely ignored and we never have revisited the need to have a comprehensive energy act where if we really made this a top priority of our country we would become free of dependence upon

Bob Goodlatte

1:17:17 to 1:17:37( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: foreign oil and other foreign sources of energy in5 years or 20ears and even more importantly we would create millions of jobs exploiting those resources that we have in this country. and this is not a new idea and this is how america came to be a strong nation, a competive nation, a nation with millions of jobs.

Bob Goodlatte

1:17:38 to 1:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: and the reminder of the importance of doing this is right there above us on the wall above our speaker's ross trum, above the american flag, about our nation's motto in god we trust, at the very top of the wall, a famous quote from daniel webster that says, let us develop the resources of our

Bob Goodlatte

1:17:59 to 1:18:19( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: land, call forth its power build up its institutions, promote all its great interests and see whether we also in our day and generation may not perform something worthy to be remembered. that saying, more than 150 years

Bob Goodlatte

1:18:20 to 1:18:41( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: important today as it was back when daniel webster said it. that's what we have to harkin to. not the idea that somehow government will solve all of these problems, that government can provide people with all the health care they need, paying r it with taxes on small businesses and losing jobs,

Bob Goodlatte

1:18:42 to 1:19:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: mandating all kinds of new agencies and institutions, more than 30, to run this crazy program. not with the cap and tax proposal that will cost american jobs, raise the cost of living for every american, make it harder for manufacturers and farmers and others to be competitive with other countries around the world that have no

Bob Goodlatte

1:19:04 to 1:19:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: intention of engaging in a practice that raises unnecessarily the cost of the basic ingredient for manufacturing and agricultural success and really enjoying a good standard of living for anyone's life and that is having access to affordable sources of energy. and it is certainly not going to be solved by having this

Bob Goodlatte

1:19:26 to 1:19:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: government spend through the roof. we saw back in january the most amazing single a bill ever. the so-called stimulus package to create jobs. and now here we are six months later and the question is being asked day after day after day, no the congress, but by people all across america, where are the

Bob Goodlatte

1:19:48 to 1:20:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: jobs? well, you don't get them by government spending. you get them b returning to the ingenuity of the american people, their hardworking spirit, their knowledge that it is the free enterprise system that will bring this economy back. but we delay day after day after deeper and deeper when we pi

Bob Goodlatte

1:20:09 to 1:20:29( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: up debt like this. $1 trillion. that is a stack of $1,000 bills, 63 miles high. and then in march we went on to pass the budget for next year, we said, we'll outdo that. i voted against it, mr. wamp voted against it. others here talking tonight voted against it. every member of our party voted

Bob Goodlatte

1:20:30 to 1:20:50( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: against it but also a lot of members of the other party voted against a budget that has a $1.2 trillion deficit for next year. that's a stack of $1,000 bills 75 miles high which reaches into outer space and we don't see any he end to it. the 10-year projection for the budget passed by the majority

Bob Goodlatte

1:20:51 to 1:21:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: party and the president never sees it going below thhighest deficit ever before this year was $450 billion. it never gets below $600 billion ever again as far as the eye can see. that will cost raise the cost of living, that will raise interest rates and inflation. it is devastating to our

Bob Goodlatte

1:21:12 to 1:21:32( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: country, we need to return to sound fiscal responsibility. we need to return to an opportunity to have an american energy policy that creates miions of jobs here by drilling for oil offshore and on federal lands, by extracting the huge resources we have of natural gas, by building new,

Bob Goodlatte

1:21:33 to 1:21:46( Edit History Discussion )

Bob Goodlatte: safe, more modern, the latest chnology nuclear power plants, by using clean burning coal technology and advancing that and developing new technologies. all of these things coupled together will lead to a bright future, but the path we are on

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