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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2011 :: 2:28:30 to 2:39:49
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John Ensign

2:28:28 to 2:28:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: that we are in today. back then, nevadans were confronted with record prices at the gas pump, and this body did nothing to relieve their burden. when i joined with my colleagues to demand that we explore our own domestic energy possibilities, the call fell on deaf ears.

John Ensign

2:28:30 to 2:39:49( Edit History Discussion )
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John Ensign

2:28:50 to 2:29:10( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: in may of 2007, i said that -- quote -- "moving america toward energy independence needs to be more than a bumper sticker and a campaign slogan." unfortunately, it remained just that. campaign promises to protect our nation's security interests remain on the campaign trail, and cheers from political

John Ensign

2:29:11 to 2:29:32( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: rallies to increase america's energy independence were left behind with deflateed balloons and forgotten confetti. well, here we are. my colleagues on this side of the aisle and i warned against what an unstable middle east could mean for our gasoline needs, and yet today what are we witnessing? turmoil in the region and

John Ensign

2:29:33 to 2:29:53( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: escalating gasoline prices at home once again. unfortunately, this time around, our economy is also in trouble. my state of nevada has continued to suffer the most during this recession, and economists are not predicting quick turnaround any time soon.

John Ensign

2:29:54 to 2:30:15( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: the the problem with this new energy crisis is that a record number of people in nevada and around the country are now without jobs and without homes, so how are they supposed to afford $4-a-gallon gasoline or maybe even $5-a-gallon gasoline at the pump? i tell you simile: they can -- i

John Ensign

2:30:16 to 2:30:36( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: tell you simply they cannot afford this. recent unrest has forced gas prices to rise nearly 40 cents a gallon in the recent weeks. to those struggling back in my state, that is verge on unaffordable. to those who are worse off, it already is. the price of gas is at a two inform year high.

John Ensign

2:30:37 to 2:30:58( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: the average price for a gallon of gasoline is now $3.52 in america. and when president obama first took office, the average price for a gallon of gasoline was $1.84. that's a 91% increase to date, and what are we doing? nothing.

John Ensign

2:30:59 to 2:31:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: in nevada, gas prices are rising and now above $3.60 a gallon. the biggest concern with the rising cost of gasoline is that it translates into higher prices at the grocery store, in utility bills, and virtually for everything that we do. and i've spoken at length over the past few years about people

John Ensign

2:31:20 to 2:31:40( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: in my state who are being forced to decide between paying the rent and putting food on the table to feed their families. but what are they going to do if they can afford to do neither? this is a saddening thought for me but a reality for many others. members from both sides of the

John Ensign

2:31:41 to 2:32:01( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: aisle have come to the floor to talk about people back in their home states who are suffering. philosophical differences aside, both parties have put forth legislation that they believe will help the economic plight of many americans. what have we done about energy prices that threaten to derail recovering families?

John Ensign

2:32:02 to 2:32:24( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: nothing. rising gas prices affect nearly every sector of our economy. everywhere you look in america today, our economy continues to be directly affected by the skyrocketing price of fuel, and at a time when unemployment is over 14% in my home state and americans are already struggling

John Ensign

2:32:25 to 2:32:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: financially, we can no longer allow this problem to be ignored or to be set aside. we need real solutions that develop our domestic energy and oil production, and we need those solutions to decrease our dependence on dangerous foreign oil. we send over $500 billion a year

John Ensign

2:32:47 to 2:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: out of this country to buy foreign oil, and a lot of that money ends p financing the i --ends up financing the very people who would do us harm. what america needs is a "everything but foreign oil from dangerous countries." that needs to be our energy policy so that we can ensure the

John Ensign

2:33:09 to 2:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: price of gas does not further crip many our -- cripple our crumbling commitment of the 2008 -- in 2008 i spoke on the senate floor: "the american people are looking to us for solutions. we have a responsibility to make decisions here in order to provide them much-needed relief at home. and for many months republicans

John Ensign

2:33:30 to 2:33:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: have been working to provide that relief. we've been focused on a three-pronged approach: boosting renewable energy and alternative energy, encouraging energy efficiency, and growing american energy supply. this line of attack balances the need for us to be responsible stewards of our environment with

John Ensign

2:33:51 to 2:34:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: the need for reliable, affordable energy to fuel our lives and our economy." again, this is what i said back in 2008 when republicans wanted to address the need for american energy independence. but the democrat majority had other priorities.

John Ensign

2:34:13 to 2:34:34( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: we will, we simply cannot -- well, we simply cannot continue to pass the buck on to another congress and kick the can down the road. we need to take action and we need to do it now. just like the spentdzing cuts, everything -- just like the spending cuts, everything needs to be on the table when discussing american energy independence.

John Ensign

2:34:35 to 2:34:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: and by working to eradicate our dangerous dependence on foreign oil from the middle east and venezuela, we can protect merntion from choosing between -- we can protect americans from choosing between paying the rent, providing food for their families or paying for gas to drive to work. so what does an "everything but dangerous foreign oil" approach

John Ensign

2:34:56 to 2:35:17( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: look like? it means 10 billion barrels of oil from anwr up in alaska. it means 28 billion barrels from deep-sea exploration. about 1.8 trillion barrels possibly from oil shell in colorado, utah, and wyoming.

John Ensign

2:35:18 to 2:35:41( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: trillions of cubic feet in american natural gas. and it also means a 230-year supply of coal and great potential for nuclear energy. these are american sources of energy, and if we combine those with conservation and aggressive investment in renewable and

John Ensign

2:35:42 to 2:36:02( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: green energy, solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, fuel cells, electric vehicles are all key to our american energy independence. i visited recently a couple of different places in my home state of nevada that are producing electric cars. those are great, but you still have to produce the energy to produce the electricity to run

John Ensign

2:36:03 to 2:36:23( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: those electric cars. that's why we need this "all of the above" approach for american energy independence. my home state of nevada is actually a shining example of many innovations being made on renewable energy fronts.

John Ensign

2:36:24 to 2:36:45( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: nevada solar one is one of the largest plants in the world and generates enough power to 14,000 households a year. a photovoltaic power system powers the base. and hen dish son, each home has

John Ensign

2:36:46 to 2:37:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: a rooftop solar electric system. and late in 2007, asra inc. selected las vegas as the site for the first united states manufacturing plant for solar thermal power systems. and the world's third-largest geothermal power producer is headquartered with reno, nevada.

John Ensign

2:37:09 to 2:37:29( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: and nevada is home to the only associate degree program in the nation in energy efficiency. so it's absurd to think that people in nevada are going to be crippled by increasing prices at the gas pump at the same time that our state is leading the way in renewable energy. simply because congress will not act to address this crisis.

John Ensign

2:37:30 to 2:37:50( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: throughout this last year, bills were passed, filled with unintended consequences. because every dip in the economy was deemed by some to be a crisis that required an immediate solution. and yet we knowingly continue to ignore the energy crisis that we are continuing to be plagued

John Ensign

2:37:51 to 2:38:12( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: with by our country every time that the middle east cannot get along. according to the department of energy, oil is the source of morph than 40 -- the source of more than 40% of our toament energy demands and more than 99% of the fuel that we use in our cars and trucks. the senator from alaska, senator murkowski, was just on the floor

John Ensign

2:38:13 to 2:38:33( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: talking about how we all want to transition to more of a green economy, but the fact is that is going to be years and even decades away. so we have to have american sources of energy here now. the united states consumes about

John Ensign

2:38:34 to 2:38:56( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: almost 19 million barrels of oil per day, at least of petroleum products in 2009. we receive over half of this oil, 51%, from foreign sources, predominantly from the middle east, africa, and central america. but we cannot continue to ignore this issue.

John Ensign

2:38:57 to 2:39:19( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: inaction is no longer an option. the obama administration's approach to developing domestic energy production has been to impose regulations, withdraw permits, shut off access to lands that contain valuable oil and natural gas deposits. in addition, the e.p.a. is currently regulating domestic energy resources for greenhouse

John Ensign

2:39:20 to 2:39:42( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: gas emissions under the clean air act. we will, we can no longer afford organizations such as the e.p.a. claiming authority to cut off our access to resources because of arbitrary rules based on unsound science. these backdoor climate regulations could increase the cost of gasoline and electricity

John Ensign

2:39:43 to 2:39:49( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: by 50%. these policies work to promote our dependence on foreign oil,

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