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House Proceeding 10-22-09 on Oct 22nd, 2009 :: 0:42:15 to 0:46:00
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Gabrielle Giffords

0:41:58 to 0:42:20( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: that. i reserve my time. the chair: the gentleman from tennessee. the gentleman from tennessee, for what purpose do you rise? mr. gordon: i yield three minutes -- the chair: does the gentleman seek time in opposition? mr. gordon: i rise to claim time in opposition to the amendment.

Gabrielle Giffords

0:42:15 to 0:46:00( Edit History Discussion )
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Gabrielle Giffords

0:42:21 to 0:42:41( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. gordon: i recognize the gentlelady for three minutes. ms. giffords: i would like to address the concerns in this amendment. mr. broun's amendment would freeze the authorization to $250 million the same level

Gabrielle Giffords

0:42:42 to 0:43:03( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: last authorized for -- for fiscal year 2009 in the energy policy act of 2005. note that this -- funding level, it would be almost completely impossible to carry out the tasks of the robust demonstration program in this bill and in addition, do the critical research required

Gabrielle Giffords

0:43:04 to 0:43:24( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: thr but i frankly believe the best justification for the proposed comes from a look backward in time at the historical levels of investment in energy and r&d in this country. between 1978 and twiven, the united states government spent

Gabrielle Giffords

0:43:25 to 0:43:45( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: $30 billion on r&d for nuclear energy alone. we spent another $24 billion on fossil fuel research. during that same time, however we spent less than $6.5 billion on solar and more than half of that research was performed prior to 1985. now maybe some people think this is appropriate.

Gabrielle Giffords

0:43:46 to 0:44:08( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: maybe they think solar doesn't merit the same levels of investment bause it's not able to provide as much energy as those technologies. however in looking at the research and where we are with the technology today,s that simply false. our solar reserves are vast in scale and are capable to making a significant contribution to our needs.

Gabrielle Giffords

0:44:09 to 0:44:29( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: solar power could meet the electricity demands of the united states on a piece of land by 10 -- that's 10,000 square acres. that's one quarter of the land recovered -- covered by -- behind hydroelectric dams. an engeer with the solar

Gabrielle Giffords

0:44:30 to 0:44:51( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: energy technology program at the department of energy recently stated publicly that with the right incentives, solar power has the potential to provide 20% of america's electricity needs by 2030. that's equal to the amount of power currently provided by nuclear power plants. yet today we have spent 1/10 of

Gabrielle Giffords

0:44:52 to 0:45:16( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: the resources developing solar technology than we've spent developing nuclear power. in the last 30 year, we have spent 30 otimes more money on coal than solar. at the end of the term covered by my bill, it would authorize

Gabrielle Giffords

0:45:17 to 0:45:40( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: $$550 million to solar k&d. we spent $1.8 billion on fossil fuels using 2007 dollars. let me be clear. i fully support a strong research program in other types of energy, whether it's nuclear or coal and a va important energy options. the funding levels in this bill recognize and help us properly

Gabrielle Giffords

0:45:41 to 0:46:01( Edit History Discussion )

Gabrielle Giffords: sola have in the united states. may i have one more minute. mr. gordon: the gentlelady is recognized for another minute. ms. giffords: to take advantage of the resources we have in the united states energy for our economy, it is time f our investment to match the scalef opportunity.

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