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Senate Proceeding on Mar 30th, 2011 :: 4:49:40 to 5:04:40
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David Vitter

4:49:38 to 4:49:59( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: will allow the people to have their way. 69% of them say let the e.p.a. do their job. thank you, mr. president, and thanks to yield the floor and turn it to senator vitter. mr. vitter: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from louisiana. mr. vitter: thank you.

David Vitter

4:49:40 to 5:04:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: David Vitter

David Vitter

4:50:00 to 4:50:22( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: since president obama took office, the price at the pump has risen 96% from $1.8 to $3.60 with absolutely no end in sight. meanwhile, and not coincidentally, the president has virtually shut down the gulf of mexico. he's canceled numerous energy lease sales.

David Vitter

4:50:23 to 4:50:44( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: he's refused to act on stalled onshore permits. he's dramatically increased environmental regulation, and he's begun regulating co2 by administrative fiat. all of that has helped us to get to where we are. mr. president, president obama went today to georgetown university and at least he's

David Vitter

4:50:45 to 4:51:06( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: begun focusing on and addressing the energy situation. and i guess i give him points for that. he went to georgetown today and deliv speech which he called a blueprint for a secure energy future. but, like a lot of presidential speeches, mr. president, this is great sounding, rah, rah, nice

David Vitter

4:51:07 to 4:51:27( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: title, but pretty disappointing from my point of view on substance much first of all, let's -- substance. first of all, let's talk about the premise of a speech, a blueprint for a secure energy future. i was hopeful on hearing about the plan for this speech that we would be seeing an unveiling of

David Vitter

4:51:28 to 4:51:48( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: a real energy policy, including, moving in the right direction in terms of domestic production, utilizing our domestic energy resources. but, unfortunately, mr. president, this is more of the same. in fact, the president admits freely this is absolutely more of the same. he says -- quote -- "today my

David Vitter

4:51:49 to 4:52:10( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: administration is releasing a blueprint for a secure energy future that outlines the comprehensive national energy policy with push since the day i took office." close quote. so this is simply a restatement of the last two years of policy. in my opinion clearly failed,

David Vitter

4:52:11 to 4:52:31( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: clearly counterproductive policy that has helped us get to $3.60 at the pump and climbing. when you look even more at the substance of the speech, mr. president, it's more disappointing. the whole speech is about 51 paragraphs. of those 51 paragraphs, i look to see how many are about

David Vitter

4:52:32 to 4:52:53( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: tapping our domestic traditional energy resources. well, six paragraphs of 51. just a little over 10%. four paragraphs were about domestic oil production and two were about domestic natural gas production. an even though two were mostly

David Vitter

4:52:54 to 4:53:14( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: about possibly increasing regulation on production of natural gas from shale making it more difficult not accessing more of our domestic energy resources. and then what's the picture on domestic oil production? those four paragraphs? well, the president says --

David Vitter

4:53:15 to 4:53:37( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: quote --"to keep reducing that reliance on imports, my administration is encouraging offshore oil exploration and production." close quote. really? that's a news headline to my constituents in the gulf coast. because every day we live a far different reality. we live the reality of an administration that's moved in

David Vitter

4:53:38 to 4:54:01( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: the opposite direction making domestic oil-and-gas production far more difficult, not easier. since the tragedy of the b.p. disaster, we've only have had seven deep water exploratory permits issued. seven issued compared to a comparable period before the disaster, 68. so about 10%.

David Vitter

4:54:02 to 4:54:23( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: that is encouraging offshore oil and gas exploration production? i don't think so. since that disaster, the working rotary rigs in the gulf has fallen dramatically from about 55 to 25. it's been cut in more than half. that is encouraging offshore oil exploration production? i don't think so.

David Vitter

4:54:24 to 4:54:44( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: we need to change the policy that is virtually shutting down the gulf and stopping domestic energy production. seven deep water exploratory permits is not adequate. seven, as i said, is roughly 10% of the rate that existed before. of course we need to make changes, and we have.

David Vitter

4:54:45 to 4:55:06( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: of course we need to learn the lessons of the deepwater horizon explosion, and we have. but, seven, again, is roughly 10% of the previous rate. we need to do far better. and if we're going to really encourage that domestic production, what about things like production in alaska's beauford sea?

David Vitter

4:55:07 to 4:55:28( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: e.p.a. is sitting on those permits, not issuing those permits. as a result shell oil announced that it's abandoning efforts to produce anything there. is that what the president's talking about? encouraging oil exploration production? what about the lease sales he canceled? president obama canceled the

David Vitter

4:55:29 to 4:55:52( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: western gulf lease sale that was scheduled. he canceled that in may of 2010. mr. president, if you're serious, are you going to reverse that decision? also in may of 2010, the president canceled the planned virginia lease sale. now, unfortunately in this speech he didn't reverse that policy. he's continuing that cancellation. what about the cancellation of

David Vitter

4:55:53 to 4:56:14( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: offshore tracks in alaska's cook inland? the president canceled that in march of this year, this month, and, unfortunately, in this speech he did not reverse that policy. withdrawn leases. the president's department of interior has withdrawn 77 lease sales in utah that were planned.

David Vitter

4:56:15 to 4:56:35( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: withdrew those in 2009. no reversal on that policy. is that encouraging oil exploration and production? so time and again the president has actually worked in the opposite direction, shutting down domestic production, making it more difficult, not, as he said in his speech today -- quote -- "encouraging oil

David Vitter

4:56:36 to 4:56:57( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: exploration and production." close quote. we need a new energy policy, not a restated policy. not same old same old from the last two years. and we need a policy that does many things including accesses our enormous abundance of energy resources in this country.

David Vitter

4:56:58 to 4:57:20( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: you know, americans are not used to thinking of ourselves as energy rich, but we are. and nonpartisan and nonbias sources like congressional resource service says -- research service says that we are the most energy-rich country in the world, bar none. the only country coming close to us is russia in terms of our

David Vitter

4:57:21 to 4:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: vast array and amount of domestic energy resources. now, rather than to have a thinking of ourselves that way for a simple reason, the united states congress and this president in particular, has taken 95% of the those abundant resource and put them off limits under federal law. no other energy-rich country does anything like that.

David Vitter

4:57:43 to 4:58:06( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: we continue to do it even with the price at the pump rising so dramatically. we need to stop that. we need to access our own richness, our own resources to take care of ourselves. and that's a big part of the energy plan we need, which, unfortunately, was not part of the president's blueprint for a

David Vitter

4:58:07 to 4:58:27( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: secure energy future unveiled today, restated today at georgetown. many colleagues will join me tomorrow in introducing a bill that lays out that new energy vision to unlock the enormous potential we have here at home. and the bill is called 3d, the

David Vitter

4:58:28 to 4:58:48( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: domestic jobs, domestic energy and deficit-reduction act o 201. i'm honored -- 2011. i'm honored to be joined by 20 to 30 colleagues. the list is still growing. we're formally introduce that act tomorrow. this is aimed at our domestic energy resources, unshackling

David Vitter

4:58:49 to 4:59:11( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: that potential. letting us get access to that enormous potential for our domestic energy, and with it, great u.s. jobs, jobs right here in this country and deficit reduction. so many of the primary challenges we face find their

David Vitter

4:59:12 to 4:59:34( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: nexus in energy, again energy independence. self-reliance which we need now more than ever, particularly with unrest in the middle east. secondly, jobs. we say we're trying to do everything we can to come out of this very tough recession, but we're not because the u.s. energy sector has the potential for enormous job growth, and again we have taken such a large

David Vitter

4:59:35 to 4:59:55( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: percentage of those resources, 95%, and put them off-limits in deficit reduction. along with producing more domestic energy would come tremendous revenue to the federal government. after the personal income tax, this is the top source of federal revenue. royalties on domestic energy production.

David Vitter

4:59:56 to 5:00:17( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: second only to the personal income tax. so again, why don't we solve all of these problems, energy independence, u.s. jobs, deficit reduction by fully developing, aggressively developing our u.s., our domestic energy sector.

David Vitter

5:00:18 to 5:00:38( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: specifically, our 3-d bill would do six primary things. first, it mandates outer continental shelf lease sales, directing the interior department to conduct a lease sale in each outer continental shelf planning area for which there is a commercial interest. it would also consider the 2010- 2015 planning area complete.

David Vitter

5:00:39 to 5:01:00( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: secondly, it would open up anwar, the alaska national wildlife refuge to energy production. this is a vast source of potential energy production, job creation, deficit reduction, again, that we have put off-limits through congressional and presidential action. third, it would require action

David Vitter

5:01:01 to 5:01:21( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: on stalled onshore permits, things like the leases that interior withdrew in 2009 in utah, things like the e.p.a. inaction actually withdrawing a c.w.a. perimeter for spruce number one mine in west virginia. state department sitting on the

David Vitter

5:01:22 to 5:01:42( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: permit issue in terms of the key stone x.l. pipeline project, the e.p.a. not issuing permits for shell oil operations in off shore alaska. so it would direct action in awful those areas. fourth, it would properly limit time frames for environmental and judicial review.

David Vitter

5:01:43 to 5:02:03( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: it would not change any of those review standards. it would just change the law so that those reviews couldn't go on ad infinitum. it would streamline the process and properly and reasonably limit those time frames. fifth, it would block regulation

David Vitter

5:02:04 to 5:02:24( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: of co2 co2 -- of co2 by administrative fiat. we'll have a vote coming up soon on that very issue. i would hope that it would be a majority vote in favor of this opinion to block that regulation by administrative fiat that i espouse. this is also included in the 3-d bill. and six, we would actually create an alternative energy

David Vitter

5:02:25 to 5:02:45( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: trust fund from 25% of the new revenue produced from anwar, so it would capture 25% of that brand-new revenue for alternative energy development research and production, and that would be positive as well. this is the sort of domestic energy focus i think we need.

David Vitter

5:02:46 to 5:03:07( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: this is the sort of movement toward real energy security as well as job creation, as well as deficit reduction that i would have hoped the president would have at least hinted at at georgetown today, but he did not. his speech was same old, same old, explicitly restating what he has been doing for the last two years.

David Vitter

5:03:08 to 5:03:28( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: mr. president, i urge all of my colleagues to join in this effort, to join in similar efforts. americans face tough times, and it's not being made any tougher by the price at the pump going up and up and up. again, since president obama took office, that price has

David Vitter

5:03:29 to 5:03:51( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: risen 96% from $1.83 per gallon to $3.60 per gallon, and there is no end in sight. we need to access our own resources. we need to put americans to work. we need to reduce our deficit with that extra new revenue, and we can do it all by accessing u.s. domestic energy resources

David Vitter

5:03:52 to 5:04:12( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: more fully, not those resources off-limits off the table by either presidential fiat or congressional action. i urge all of my colleagues to join us in this effort, to join similar efforts, to give americans real relief at the pump, to increase our energy independence, to lower the

David Vitter

5:04:13 to 5:04:27( Edit History Discussion )

David Vitter: deficit, to produce good american jobs. thank you, mr. president, and suggest the absence of a quorum. the pr will call the roll of the senate.

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