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House Proceeding 11-03-09 on Nov 3rd, 2009 :: 0:30:50 to 0:34:20
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Edward R. Royce

0:30:46 to 0:31:06( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: we are moving forward. i deeply thank the and bipartisan support for this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i yield such time as he may consume to

Edward R. Royce

0:30:50 to 0:34:20( Edit History Discussion )
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Edward R. Royce

0:31:07 to 0:31:27( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: the gentleman from california, mr. royce, the ranking member of the foreign affairs subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and trade. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. royce, is recognized for the time that he may mr. royce: -- mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this resolution which condemns the illegal extraction of madagascar's natural resources.

Edward R. Royce

0:31:28 to 0:31:48( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: although it does so without identifying who's doing the extracting which i think i'd like to comment on. i have traveled to madagascar and as the co-chairman of the international conservation caucus i have seen the pristine habitat of this island. it has got a very unique

Edward R. Royce

0:31:49 to 0:32:09( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: biodiversity as has been mentioned. 90% of the species there are endemic of that island and that's one of the reasons a lot of people call madagascar the eighth continent is because it is so unique in that way. the inhatants that havisland rely very heavily o

Edward R. Royce

0:32:10 to 0:32:30( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: biodiversity and on biotourism as an industry. the biotourism draws about $400 billion a year. so preserving madagascar's unique beauty is important not just from an ecological standpoint, it's also very critical as an economic necessity, basically, for many

Edward R. Royce

0:32:31 to 0:32:52( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: of the inhabitants of that island. and rightfully this resolution condemns the act, it condemns the litany of natural resource degradation that's occurred. but it's important that it mentions the plundering of precious forests.

Edward R. Royce

0:32:53 to 0:33:13( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: unfortunately from my standpoint there's no mention of who's doing the plundering or where these resources are being sold. and from mytandpoint, this would be similar to condemning an act of terror without naming the terrorists. this resolution would be greatly strengthened by including such

Edward R. Royce

0:33:14 to 0:33:35( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: information. reports that i have read from global witness identify rosewood taken out of a national park as being for sale in china. that is the destination of the illegal logging.

Edward R. Royce

0:33:43 to 0:34:03( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: . i chaired the african subcommittee for eight years and i can tell you the picture of china in africa is not pretty and this action in madagascar is one more example of it. thank you, and i the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the

Edward R. Royce

0:34:04 to 0:34:20( Edit History Discussion )

Edward R. Royce: gentleman from california. mr. berman: i reserve. the speake gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. poe: we have no other speakers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california.

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