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Senate Proceeding on Feb 2nd, 2009 :: 3:04:30 to 3:16:50
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Tom Udall

3:04:26 to 3:04:47( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: terry hunter and elizabeth jacobs be granted privileges during the consideration of h.r the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that the following be recognized for the times specified. ud

Tom Udall

3:04:30 to 3:16:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Udall

Tom Udall

3:04:48 to 3:05:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: brownback, 10 minutes; casey, 15 minutes; snowe, 20 minutes; kaufman, 15 minutes, and this request is for these senators to speak this the presiding officer: without objection. mr. udall: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new mexico. mr. udall: mr. president, as rise to give this maiden speech

Tom Udall

3:05:10 to 3:05:30( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: in our chamber, we all know we are living in very difficult times. our current economic crisis has only exce accelerated problems that have been growing for years. america's manufacturing sector was declining before this crisi cris, and when this crisis has passed, we will still need a

Tom Udall

3:05:31 to 3:05:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: blueprint for creating high-paying jobs and growing the middle class. meanwhile, our energy policies pose a threat to the economic, environmental and national security of our nation and the world. i believe that these two problems -- our economic stagnation and our energy

Tom Udall

3:05:52 to 3:06:13( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: irresponsible -- demand a common solution. and we must put americans to work building the energy economy of the future and we must do so now. i often say that our energy policies have produced a perfect storm, a combination of three extraordinary challenges that collectively threaten our future futu.

Tom Udall

3:06:14 to 3:06:35( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: first, america's dependence on fossil fuels threatens our economy. as natural gas provides a growing sharef america's electricity, the price of gas has more than tripled since 1995 1995. and growing demand promises to make matters worse. second, america's energy polic policies threat enour securit

Tom Udall

3:06:36 to 3:07:00( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: security -- threaten our security. america has just 3% of the world's natural gas we consume 25% of the world's supply. that increasingly means sending american dollars to russia and iran, two countries that sit on more than 43% of the world's gas

Tom Udall

3:07:01 to 3:07:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: reserves and two dlat counties that have shown their willingness to use energy as an instrument of coercion. finally, humans have managed to overwhelm the cycle, the balance that sustains liflife on earth for millennia been radically offered n. new mexico, this means fewer farms

Tom Udall

3:07:22 to 3:07:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: and more forest fires; more thirst and less water; the end of a unique and treasured way of life. some peopl say that the world's demand for fossil fuels has not yet begun to outstrip supply or that the climate is not changing that quickly. i look at it this way: we are driving towards a cliff.

Tom Udall

3:07:43 to 3:08:03( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: i don't want to spend a lot of time arguing about how far off the cliff is. i want to stop accelerating. so what do in the short term, we need to do all. we need to drill responsibly for domestic energy.

Tom Udall

3:08:04 to 3:08:24( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: we shoul promote conservation and nuclear power has to be part of the mix. but we also need reforms that prepare us for the future. when i was in the other body, i fought for and we passed a renewable electricity standard, an r.e.s. this plan would deman that large utilities generate a portio of their energy from renewable sources and

Tom Udall

3:08:25 to 3:08:47( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: conservation. thanks in large part to my colleague who is on the floor day, the senior senatorrom new the senate has passed this proposal three times. similar policies have succeed at the state level. in fact, 28 states have renewable standards, including

Tom Udall

3:08:48 to 3:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: my home state of new mexico. but a national r.e.s. has never become the law of the land. it's time for congress to make it so. there are many reasons to support this plan. to start, it's good for consumers. with a 20% standard, ulity customers could save 1.8 billion.

Tom Udall

3:09:10 to 3:09:30( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: it will strengthen rural communities and provide new income for farmers and ranchers. and this plan will make america safer. the billions of dollars it would generate are dollars that will stay in america and cannot b used to hold our foreign policy hostage. but most importantly, a national

Tom Udall

3:09:31 to 3:09:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: renewable standard will cree hundreds high-paying jobs, jobs that cannot be outsourced. study after study shows that shifting capital to renewable energy increases job creation. and not only will this plan stimulate job creation today, it

Tom Udall

3:09:52 to 3:10:12( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: will put us on a path towards dominance in the industries of the future. these benefits will come from the actions of private businesses, making the r.e.s. the distinctly american solution to a global problem. and that is why it will succeed. as one writer has put it, the

Tom Udall

3:10:13 to 3:10:33( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: only thing stronger than mother nature is father profit, because it works with the private sector, an r.s. is more than a government program. it is an appeal to the spirit of innovation. i know that we have enough that have innovative spirit to tackle any challenge we face. i see it in the people of new mexico. i see it in the scientists

Tom Udall

3:10:34 to 3:10:54( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: chasing new ideas and entrepreneurs betting their time and capital on the hope of a better world, and engineers searching blueprint sketches for the submerged outline of a revolution. my constituents are eager to tackle the problems that face our country, and i know yours

Tom Udall

3:10:55 to 3:11:16( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: are too. but these citizens have been poorly served by their government. just last month, a renewable energy company from my state was forced to lay off most of its workforce after investing in a new technology, the company could not afford to begin manufacturing. as a result, the progress of

Tom Udall

3:11:17 to 3:11:37( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: their innovations has been delayed and the dreams of their workers have been deferred. it did not have to be this way. countries that have done more to shape their energy markets have created driving green energy industries. with a population roughly a quarter as large as america's,

Tom Udall

3:11:38 to 3:11:59( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: germany has more than twice as many workers developing wind-energy technologies. spain has almost five times as workers in the solar thermal industry as america, and china has more than 300 times. today our markets do not accurately reflect price, the social cost of burning fossil fuels.

Tom Udall

3:12:00 to 3:12:21( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: as a result, the private sector is effectively being told to send american dollars overseas, to ignore the coming decline in fossil fuel supplies and to radically alter the world's climate. it is a credit to america's energy companies that so many of them have invested in alternative fuels and conservation.

Tom Udall

3:12:22 to 3:12:43( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: but individual acts of responsibility cannot compensate for a market that encourages irresponsibility. if we're going to make the changes we need, conservation cannot be an act of personal virtue and renewable fuels cannot be luxury alternatives. an r.e.s. would structure the marketplace s that those

Tom Udall

3:12:44 to 3:13:05( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: decisions that are best for the american people are also the best for the bottom line. this approach will make the market a powerful force for progress, because government cannot tackle this problem alone. new mexico contains two of america's preeminent national labs. we know that these public

Tom Udall

3:13:06 to 3:13:27( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: institutions have an incredible innovative capacity, but w also know that government needs private-sector partners to achieve its goals. from 1970 to 1996, los alamos national lab, the institution that harnessed the power of the atom -- harnessed the power of the atom and launched america's

Tom Udall

3:13:28 to 3:13:48( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: national lab system developed a technique for cleanly and efficiently using the earth's heat to generate energy. estimates indicated that the technique could eventually power the earth for hundreds of years. but without market incentives to encourage continued development, progress stagnated.

Tom Udall

3:13:49 to 3:14:10( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: only recently have american businesses rediscovered the geothermal technologies this country pioneered. because our markets don't appropriately value renewable energy, we lost more decade while the world raced ahead. america cannot afford to let other country become the

Tom Udall

3:14:11 to 3:14:31( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: world's green-energy leader. someday soon green energy will no longer be an alternative. it will be the standard. the c.e.o. of g.e. energy recently testified before congress that wind and solar energy are likely to be among the largest sources

Tom Udall

3:14:32 to 3:14:52( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: manufacturing jobs worldwide during the 21st century. the question is whether these jobs will be in america. that's what i want and that's what we need to do. america has always succeed by being one step ahead. we mass produce the car and american manufacturing built the

Tom Udall

3:14:53 to 3:15:13( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: middle class. we sparked the i.t. revolution, and our high-tech industry fueled american prosperity for years. today being one step ahead means developing the green-energy economy of the future before anybody else does. the challenge is huge, but so is

Tom Udall

3:15:14 to 3:15:35( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: the payoff if we succeed. a stronger economy, a more secure future, and a chance to reclaim the mantle of world leadership. by the force of our example and the unmatched capacity of our people, it is clear that these are difficult times. i devoted this speech to a proposal i believe will allow us

Tom Udall

3:15:36 to 3:15:57( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: to meet these difficulties head on and to emerge a safer, stronger, more prosperous nation. i believe the american people are ready for change and they're ready for the change that this plan represents. it's up to us to rise to the challenge. should we do

Tom Udall

3:15:58 to 3:16:20( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: confident we will -- we will remember today as a time when america again turned the global threat into a national opportunity. we will rember the day when our government set free the power of american industry to tackle one of the world's toughest problems. and we will celebrate the time when american businesses and

Tom Udall

3:16:21 to 3:16:42( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: american workers together we built a newer world, a clean-energy number of my colleagues and friends that are here. my cousin, mark udall, from the great state of colorado, is here.

Tom Udall

3:16:43 to 3:16:51( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: senator beginning man, who i who i mentioned in who has been a leader on these renewable technologies and has gotten this proposal that we talked about -- that i talked

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