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Senate Proceeding on May 8th, 2008 :: 6:59:49 to 7:15:03
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Mike DeWine

6:45:59 to 6:59:49( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mike DeWine

Mike DeWine

6:59:31 to 6:59:49( Edit History Discussion )

Mike DeWine: domestic injuring production act of 2008, even though we don't get to vote on it tomorrow and we don't get to vote on it monday. we're not going to get to vote on it until tuesday. but we ought to be

Bill Nelson

6:59:49 to 7:00:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: making some difference by tuesday.| like i say, we can revise it, we can change it, we can throw parts out, but we have to do something. america is complaining about the price of gas and i understand that.

Bill Nelson

6:59:49 to 7:15:03( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

7:00:03 to 7:00:25( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: i look forward to seeing everybody next week to make a difference for america. i yield the floor. a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from florida is recognized. mr. nelson:

Bill Nelson

7:00:25 to 7:00:42( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: madam president, next tuesday, not monday, but tuesday, we're going to have a series of votes and ultimately get to the final vote on the flood insurance bill. and miraculously out of the air comes

Bill Nelson

7:00:42 to 7:01:07( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: a couple of energy packages side by side that we're going to be voting on. and it's very interesting that in one of those energy packages being offered by the senator from new mexico, senator domenici,

Bill Nelson

7:01:07 to 7:01:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that it will have a provision for drilling in the outer continental shelf. now, we have gone through this drill about drilling several times. the last of which i want to remind the senate that when the

Bill Nelson

7:01:27 to 7:01:44( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: pro-drilling for oil forces wanted an additional two million acres in the gulf of mexico, which would go east in the eastern gulf of mexico headed straight toward tampa, florida, that we worked out

Bill Nelson

7:01:44 to 7:02:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: something that would satisfy all of the parties that they would have not two million acres, but they would have eight million acres -- eight million acres, n two million acres, but it would be further

Bill Nelson

7:02:02 to 7:02:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to the south, not to the east. and therefore would not harm the interest of florida or the u.s. military. i remind my colleagues that the united states military's largest testing and training area

Bill Nelson

7:02:26 to 7:02:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in the world is almost the entire gulf of mexico off of florida. it is the pilot training for the new f-22 out of kendall air force base in panama city. that they have to have wide areas with which

Bill Nelson

7:02:43 to 7:02:59( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: dogfighting, not at sub mock, but at 1 1/2 mock. and the turning radius at 1 1/2 mock is extraordinary. and when you're doing this with live-fire exercises, you can imagine that you don't want anything

Bill Nelson

7:02:59 to 7:03:13( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: down there on the surface of the water. but other than the training of pilots, and by the way, that's also why all of the new f-35, the new joint striec fighter -- stryke fighter pilot training when

Bill Nelson

7:03:13 to 7:03:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that fighter is developed will also be in that area for that reason. it's also the reason that the vy now sends its squadrons down to the key west air station. because when they lift off the runway,

Bill Nelson

7:03:34 to 7:03:49( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: within two minutes their over-restricted airspace where they can do their pilot training. but it's also the area where we are testing some of our most sophisticated weapon systems, many of which with

Bill Nelson

7:03:49 to 7:04:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: live ordnance. and you simply can't have oil rigs down there on the surface of the water where you're doing all of this in furtherance of the training and the testing in order to have the best u.s. military

Bill Nelson

7:04:11 to 7:04:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in the world. and, yet, it's coming back. it's coming back again. now this time it's a little easier for us because we etched it in the law as t that additional lease area for drilling in the gulf

Bill Nelson

7:04:28 to 7:04:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and you've got to change the law. the last time it's always been just under a presidential moratorium. so it was -- it's more difficult for them to have to change this, but i bring this up because the

Bill Nelson

7:04:48 to 7:05:11( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: attitude is tunnel vision about drill, drill, drill. and that's now how we're going to solve the problem. i mean, aren't we going to wake up with a $120 per barrel oil prices? and who knows with

Bill Nelson

7:05:11 to 7:05:34( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: the tight world oilil market who knows if it's not going to keep going up. and why is it at $120? we have had testimony here in the senate from oil executives that say that the typical supply-demand

Bill Nelson

7:05:34 to 7:05:52( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: on the world market ought to have the price of oil at $55 per barrel. if that testimony is accurate, why the difference then between $55 and $120? and i think part of the answer to that question is, you

Bill Nelson

7:05:52 to 7:06:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: look at history. you see the spikes whenever there is an unsettling condition in the world. you saw that in the early 1970's in the oil embargo. you saw that again in the late 1970's with the iranian

Bill Nelson

7:06:09 to 7:06:28( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: capture of the american embassy people and holding them hostage. you saw it again at the beginning of the 1990's with the first gulf war when saddam hussein had moved on to kuwait. you've seen it again

Bill Nelson

7:06:28 to 7:06:48( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: in this decade with the iraq situation and you see it now with the jitters about what is happening in the middle east. you see it also in the unsettling relationship that we now have with the president

Bill Nelson

7:06:48 to 7:07:06( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: of venezuela, hugo chavez, who keeps threatening to keep cut off the oil. now, that's a hollow promise because we have the refineries that have to process his grade of crude, but over time he could

Bill Nelson

7:07:06 to 7:07:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: change. but it nevertheless unsettles the markets. you see it also -- by the way, we get 14% of our oil daily -- our daily consumption of oil from venezuela. you see it also with regard to nigeria. mark

Bill Nelson

7:07:26 to 7:07:51( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: my words, nigeria is an accident waiting to happen with regard to the 12% of our daily consumption of oil comes from nigeria. and already the thievery, the kidnappings, all of that being done by

Bill Nelson

7:07:51 to 7:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: criminal thugs, that's one threat. but i recall for the senate the fact that in northern nigeria al qaeda is a send ascending. that's the difference between what some people have testified that the

Bill Nelson

7:08:09 to 7:08:27( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: supply and demand would have oil at $55, and instead it's at $120. there's another reason, and that is the speculation on oil futures and the bidding the price up that get us to this point. now, i'm

Bill Nelson

7:08:27 to 7:08:46( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: giving all of this background to say, well, what do we do? is the answer just the tunnel vision or myopic vision of drill, drill, drill? or do we do what we really know we have to do? and that is

Bill Nelson

7:08:46 to 7:09:08( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: where is most of our oil consumed? it's in transportation. where in transportation is oil most consumed? it's in our personal vehicles. so why don't we get serious, as we had our first inkling that we

Bill Nelson

7:09:08 to 7:09:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: are by having more conservation by having greater miles per gallon? we just did -- we passed in this senatena 35 miles per gallon phased in all the way not until 2015. well, in japan today they're running

Bill Nelson

7:09:26 to 7:09:47( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: around in their cars at 50 miles per gallon. in europe today they've got an average of 43 miles per gallon. why can't america summon the political will to say that we're going to do something different

Bill Nelson

7:09:47 to 7:10:02( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: than what we've been doing in the past? and we're going to try to wean ourselves from dependence on foreign oil which makes up 60% of our daily consumption. if we had the political ll, we could do

Bill Nelson

7:10:02 to 7:10:21( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: -- the political will, we could do it. if we had the political will, we would not only do the miles per gallon, we would put the money into the research and development to ultimately get to cellulosic

Bill Nelson

7:10:21 to 7:10:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: ethanol so that we would not be making ethanol from the things that we need to eat and instead would be making it from fiber, from things that we throw away. if we summoned the political will, we would

Bill Nelson

7:10:40 to 7:11:04( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: get serious about conservation measures and renewable fuels such as wind and solar all the more than we are now. we'd get serious about a major r and d effort and pouring the money into it in order

Bill Nelson

7:11:04 to 7:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: to start developing the engine of the future that doesn't depend on any kind of petrol such as hydrogen or perfecting these batteries so that we can have an all-electricity vic -- all-electrical vehicle.

Bill Nelson

7:11:17 to 7:11:36( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: at the end of the day that's what we're going to have to do. it will have to be the new president that does it. on this subject i will close by just saying, america has a historical tendency to

Bill Nelson

7:11:36 to 7:11:57( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: drag our feet until we are abruptly shoved up against the wall and we have to do something. and you see this throughout our two centuries of history. and it was at a time, for example, during the korean

Bill Nelson

7:11:57 to 7:12:12( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: war the soviets had the high ground. their pigs migs could fly higher than our jets. again, in 1958, they had the high ground, because they put up the first satellite, sputnik. they had the high

Bill Nelson

7:12:12 to 7:12:26( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: ground when they put up the first human to orbit the earth and we didn't have a vehicle powerful enough until 10 months later when we put john glen in that flimsy atlas that had a 20% chance of failure

Bill Nelson

7:12:26 to 7:12:43( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and finally got up. again, they had theigh ground when they renedevoused for the first time in space with the first spacecraft. they beat us to that. but then america summoned the political will when a

Bill Nelson

7:12:43 to 7:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: president said, we're going to the moon in nine years and return. and we did. and we have the high ground now. now it's another complete subject and i won't get into it about how we could be losing that

Bill Nelson

7:12:58 to 7:13:23( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: high ground with nasa. because nasa is not getting enough resources for all of the things that it's trying to do, and therefore it's not going to have a chance to achieve and keep that high ground

Bill Nelson

7:13:23 to 7:13:38( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: if we don't. but i'll save that one for next week. in the mean time, mr. president, israel's first prime minister, david bengurion on may 14, 1948, proclaimed the establishment of the state of israel

Bill Nelson

7:13:38 to 7:14:00( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: and 60 years later now we celebrate this momentous time in israel's history. and i want to congratulate, along with all of the other senators, israel on its 60th anniversary. and the close relationship

Bill Nelson

7:14:00 to 7:14:18( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: that the u.s. and israel has, it's serves as an important purpose of promoting peace in the middle east. helping achieve for israel peace with its neighbors while maintaining its security strengthens

Bill Nelson

7:14:18 to 7:14:40( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: both -- both of our strategic interests. we must do everything that we can to end the bloodshed and bring the parties together. we must resume those positive measures. we must, as the gd book says, come,

Bill Nelson

7:14:40 to 7:15:03( Edit History Discussion )

Bill Nelson: let us reason together. most of us out here support two states living side by side in peace and -- and security for both. and that was outlined by the president in a speech on june 24, six years ago.

Ron Wyden

7:15:03 to 7:15:21( Edit History Discussion )

Ron Wyden: to achieve that, the palestinians need to reform their -- tir institutions and cease those continued terrorist activities against all the innocence. continued engagement by our country is required to help us get to

Ron Wyden

7:15:03 to 7:22:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Ron Wyden

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