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House Proceeding 11-03-09 on Nov 3rd, 2009 :: 0:19:25 to 0:22:05
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Howard L. Berman

0:19:03 to 0:19:25( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman frocalifornia rise? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, h.res. 839, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the clerk: house resolution 839, resolution condemning the illegal extraction of

Howard L. Berman

0:19:25 to 0:22:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Howard L. Berman

0:19:26 to 0:19:46( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: madagascar's natural resources. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from california, m berman, and the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, each will control 20 minutes. the gentleman from california is recognized for 20 minutes.

Howard L. Berman

0:19:47 to 0:20:10( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: mr. berman: mr. speaker, i rise -- i yield myself such me as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berman: mr. speaker, rise in strong support of h.res. 839, a resolution introduced by the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, which condemns the illegal extraction of mass gar cass -- madagascar's natural

Howard L. Berman

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

Howard L. Berman: resources and -- on march 17, the democratically elected president of madagascar was forced from office in a coup. and replaced by a man who remains in power today. over the past seven months, the political situation has remained tenuous as discussions b both sides continue over the

Howard L. Berman

0:20:33 to 0:20:53( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: possibility of new elections. meanwhile policies pursued by the de facto government have done terrible harm to madagascar's fragile ecosystem which boasts up to 150,000 unique species of ants and animals. on september 21 the government permitted 13 operators to export

Howard L. Berman

0:20:54 to 0:21:14( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: 325 containers filled with raw and semiprocessed woods. the government reportedly earned almost $12 million in taxes from these transactions. the world wildlife fund cons, conservation international and the wildlife conservation society condemned the decision as legalizing the sale of illegally cut and collected wood onto market.

Howard L. Berman

0:21:15 to 0:21:35( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: this decision came on top of months of illeem activities and violent actions -- illegal activities and violent actions in madagascar's forest since political turmoil began in january, local communities and officials have performed -- reported that armed groups have

Howard L. Berman

0:21:36 to 0:21:56( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: entered the preevenly protected sites and a biosphere reserve. the n.g.o. global witness reports that 7,000 cubic meters of rosewood and ebony have been shipped out of madagascar since the beginning of the year. these actions harm not only madagascar's environment but the local communities that depend on the forests for their income. without this revenue,

Howard L. Berman

0:21:57 to 0:22:05( Edit History Discussion )

Howard L. Berman: communities may be forced to resort to slash and burn agriculture, thus furthering damaging madagascar's sensitive ecosystem.

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