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Senate Proceeding on Mar 4th, 2010 :: 8:41:35 to 8:48:35
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Max Baucus

8:41:31 to 8:41:51( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: but we'll make that determination. i think we'll probably file cloture on it today or mr. baucus: the presiding officer: the senator from montana is recognized. mr. baucus: i rise to talk about one of the most magnificent, the most inspiring places on earth the flat head

Max Baucus

8:41:35 to 8:48:35( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Max Baucus

Max Baucus

8:41:52 to 8:42:13( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: region of montana. the landscape in this area is so vast, so unique, it is hard to put into words. but let me feebley attempt to describe the aura of colors you see as the sun rises over the deep blue of lake mcdonald.

Max Baucus

8:42:14 to 8:42:35( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: words cannot capture the joyful screams of families shooting down the middle fork of the flathead through rapids with names like bone crusher and "could be trouble." words cannot do justice to the awe that comes from almost touching montana's legendary big

Max Baucus

8:42:36 to 8:42:57( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: sky at the top of evan's peak. the flathead region, there's nothing like it. it is the crown of the continent. it's god's country. it's montana. and there is one particular area of this region that holds a special place in my heart. that's the the north fork of the flathead river. when i was a freshman member of

Max Baucus

8:42:58 to 8:43:19( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the house of representatives, i took a hike with my friends jack stanford and rick howard to the top of mount harding. that is a little ways from the flathead river, but this hike captures the feelings that i have for the area. 35 years ago, i still remember that hike, and i'm not alone. like everyone who ventures into

Max Baucus

8:43:20 to 8:43:40( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the flathead, every montanan, every american, every canadian, everyone who happens to be touched by the beauty of this place could not help but leave stunned by the beauty of a place carved by glaciers a millennia ago and still untouched by modern development. that day the flathead, each of

Max Baucus

8:43:41 to 8:44:01( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: us knew we must do everything we could to protect this one of a kind landscape for our children and our children's children. and i must s, mr. president, at that time, 35 years arcs as a member of the house -- 35 years ago, as a member of the house, i proudly enacted the first multiyear environmental impact

Max Baucus

8:44:02 to 8:44:22( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: statement baseline study so that we could assess what future impacts might be in the area, whether it's federal, state, private or from the british columbia, whatever it might be. we knew what we had to do to protect the area. that promise has not always been easy to keep. back then, i was so, so

Max Baucus

8:44:23 to 8:44:43( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: determined to protect this area, i flew up to toronto, met with roy sadler. he was president of sage creek. like a young lawyer armed with tons of questions, deposition. i kept asking him all these questions. what's your intention here?

Max Baucus

8:44:44 to 8:45:05( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: what's your intention there? this is such a special place. he looked at me and said why are you asking all these questions? i explained because this place is so special, i'm going to do everything within my power to protect it. the reason is because potential mining across the border was placed where all the water and

Max Baucus

8:45:06 to 8:45:27( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: pollution would flow south into the north fork of the flathead, and all the environmental -- all the environmental degradation would flow south but all the economic benefit would flow north. so for me i decided for myself i'm not going to let this happen. i'm going to protect this as much as i possibly can. for decades, the flathead, as i said, has been threatened by

Max Baucus

8:45:28 to 8:45:50( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mining proposals in british columbia. not so much in montana but in british columbia. over the years, coal mining, coal bed methane extraction, gold mining have all been successfully beaten back. it's a coordinated effort and i'm very proud to have been a part of it. in fact, to help protect the area, i have been working so

Max Baucus

8:45:51 to 8:46:12( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: hard, finally the premier british columbia -- premiere of british columbia made a historic decision. he persuaded the british columbia parliament on the eve of the olympics.

Max Baucus

8:46:13 to 8:46:34( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: mount whistler and that southern part of british colombia. he made that decision just before the olympics and i was just overjoyed. so i called him up. i said mr. premiere, i can't tell you how happy i am that you have done this. it means so much to montanans. i tell you what, we're going to do our part, too.

Max Baucus

8:46:56 to 8:47:16( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: senator tester and i have also pledged to work to retire the existing leases in the u.s. portion of the flathead valley to protect this area once and for all. many folks know about a book written by norman mclean. norman mclean wrote that famous story about montana

Max Baucus

8:47:17 to 8:47:37( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: entitled "a river runs through it." although mclean's story focuses on another montana river, the black foot. the final line of his book resonates here as well. this is what mclean wrote. "eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.

Max Baucus

8:47:38 to 8:47:58( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: the river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks for the basement of time. i am haunted by its waters." mr. esident, i am very proud to be here today to introduce the north folk watershed protection act. i ask my colleagues to join me in preserving these waters and the land that surrounds them so

Max Baucus

8:47:59 to 8:48:22( Edit History Discussion )

Max Baucus: that every generation across the country, across the world has the privilege of being so haunted by montana's waters. thank you, mr. president. and i suggest the absence quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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