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Senate Proceeding on May 15th, 2008 :: 6:05:10 to 6:13:21
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Barbara Boxer

6:05:10 to 6:05:20( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: apply in china and india. so, with that, madam president, i will yield back and suggest the absence of ae quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: mrs. boxer: madam president?

Barbara Boxer

6:05:10 to 6:13:21( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer

6:05:20 to 6:05:35( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: the presiding officer: the senator from california. mrs. boxer: thank you, madam president. i ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mrs. boxer madam

Barbara Boxer

6:05:35 to 6:05:51( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: president, i rise to speak against the demint amendment and in favor of the boxer amendment, which takes on the issue of global warming in a way that is consistent with the information and the facts that

Barbara Boxer

6:05:51 to 6:06:06( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: we have today today. the demint amendment is a throwback to 10, 11 years agoea. 10, 11 years ago when everyone around here,e including myself, were saying, we better watch out out, not do anything about

Barbara Boxer

6:06:06 to 6:06:24( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: global warming until -- until the developing -- the un undeveloped wo rld acts. we better just sit back and do nothing. and you know what? we can't do that anymore. this is a time of change. this is

Barbara Boxer

6:06:24 to 6:06:33( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: a tsime where we have to challenge the status quo. this is a time when we knead to stand up -- we need to stand up as the leading country in the world and say, we can fight global global warming.

Barbara Boxer

6:06:33 to 6:06:46( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: we win this fight. as a matter of fact, if we a approach it witaph hope, not fear, we're going to create tens of thousands -- hundreds of thousands of new jobs. we're going to get our people pl off of

Barbara Boxer

6:06:46 to 6:07:01( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: fossil fuel, not having to worry anymore about gas price pric es, and we will create new technologies that will spur us on to an economic renaissance. but what happens with the demint amendment, he gives

Barbara Boxer

6:07:01 to 6:07:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: china and india a veto power over what we should be doing. imagine, madam president, sitting back and saying, we're not going to do anything about human rights until china acts. we're not going to

Barbara Boxer

6:07:19 to 6:07:35( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: do anything about a better education system until india acts. why would we give up our chance to take the mantle of leadershipde and finally grab hold of this issue and do it in a way that makes us

Barbara Boxer

6:07:35 to 6:07:49( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: quite strong in the global marketplace? so when you look at the demint amendment, it's very similar to the amendment that passed, you know, in the last century, if you will, more than 10 years ago

Barbara Boxer

6:07:49 to 6:08:03( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: ago, and that's why i think my frnd's party is in so much trouble, because they fight against change, they fight for the status quo, they fear change change, and this is a time of change. i didn't

Barbara Boxer

6:08:03 to 6:08:20( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: ask for this moment here during the budget debate. i don't think this is the right place to debate a cap-and-trade system because we will be tackling this subject matter soon enough. and it isn't

Barbara Boxer

6:08:20 to 6:08:35( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: going to be easy. change isn't easy. but this is positiveos change where america says, we will lead lead. we know from the pentagon, we know from our intelligence officials that if we do nothing, we

Barbara Boxer

6:08:35 to 6:08:51( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: become less secure in the world because global warming, we know, will have an impact on droughts, on floods, an cyclones cyclones, all the things we're already seeing, if we do nothing nothing, because

Barbara Boxer

6:08:51 to 6:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: we've given over our chance to act to india and china, our people will suffer. yesterday the bush administration declared that the polar bear is a threatened species because the polar bear's habitat

Barbara Boxer

6:09:09 to 6:09:23( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: is shrinking away, the permafrost and the ice that the polar bear stands on to hunt is literally melting out from you understand -- fromunder them. now, for the bush administration to declare this

Barbara Boxer

6:09:23 to 6:09:41( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: is extraordinary extraordinary. they said it is because of global warming. that in 30-40 years we won't have anymore polar bears. now, that's one example. scientists tell us 50% of god's species

Barbara Boxer

6:09:41 to 6:10:01( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: could be gone. and for those of us who happen to believe that there is a spirituality to this world -- and i do -- it is ourur destiny to save the planet. it is not our destiny to support the demint

Barbara Boxer

6:10:01 to 6:10:18( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: amendment, which leaves it up to china and india. we have a better way. we say, in our substitute here -- we say that no legislation should pass on mandates on greenhouse gas emissions until it effectively

Barbara Boxer

6:10:18 to 6:10:32( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: addresses imports from china and india and other nations that have no similar emissions programs. we agree that no bill should pass here unless it addresses the imports from these nations. so that

Barbara Boxer

6:10:32 to 6:10:48( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: is our alternative, not to say stop the world, i want to get off. not to say, america will be miss missing in action in the biggest domestic challenge of our time. but to grab ahold of that challenge

Barbara Boxer

6:10:48 to 6:11:04( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and make sure we do it in a way that is fair to our industry, fair to our workers, fair to our consumers, fair to our manufacturers, and when those imports come in at our ports, if those countries

Barbara Boxer

6:11:04 to 6:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: seek seeking entry into our country do not have equivalent programs, p then they will have to get the a allowances at the border in order to bring those goods into the country. that's the way we're going

Barbara Boxer

6:11:17 to 6:11:34( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: to handle this problem. so, once again, i say to my colleagues, we're going to be having a debate on global warming very soon, thanks to senator reid putting it on the schedule for june 2. but when

Barbara Boxer

6:11:34 to 6:11:49( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: we're told by the lead leading scientists of the world that if global warming is left unchecked our planet will w become inhospitable to us as human beings, to our children, to our grandchildren, that

Barbara Boxer

6:11:49 to 6:12:07( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: there will be vectors around, that we cannot combat, there will be amoebas in our waters, there will be bacteria that have never been there before, there will be storms and cyclones and droughts

Barbara Boxer

6:12:07 to 6:12:24( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and floods, extreme weather conditions, and when we know -- we see that the habitat for a beautiful animals, god's creatures like the polar bear, is already being impacted now as we speak, for us to

Barbara Boxer

6:12:24 to 6:12:38( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: say we will do nothing until china acts? i don't want china dictate ing what i do here in this country. i don't want india dictate ing what i do here in this country. i want to make sure that we handle

Barbara Boxer

6:12:38 to 6:12:55( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: this issue right and that we are not disadvantage ed because they may not act. and that's what our alternative does, and i hope we will have a good vote on that alternative and reject the status

Barbara Boxer

6:12:55 to 6:13:06( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: quo amendment, the throwback amendment of senator demint. and i would yield the floor and reserve the balance of my time. mr. demint: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from -- mr.

Barbara Boxer

6:13:06 to 6:13:21( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: demint: -- south carolina. the presiding officer: -- south carolina. mr. demint: i appreciate the comments by my colleague from california. and certainly it should be our highest priority as nation to continue

Jim DeMint

6:13:21 to 6:13:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to reduce co2 emissions throughout our country. we don't need to wait for any other country to act on our own. but we do need to recognize that if we put such a burden on our industries here in

Jim DeMint

6:13:21 to 6:19:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Jim DeMint

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