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Senate Proceeding on May 15th, 2008 :: 6:13:21 to 6:19:50
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Barbara Boxer

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

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

Jim DeMint

6:13:34 to 6:13:51( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: america, that they move production to china, that they do their polluting somewhere elsewhere else rather than here, if that is what our legislation does, then we do nothing for the environment,

Jim DeMint

6:13:51 to 6:14:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and the only thing we do for our country is to send jobs overseas. we need to be smarter in how we deal with this. the side-by-side motion by my colleague from california would really add insult to

Jim DeMint

6:14:06 to 6:14:21( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: injury. she wants to leave us open to lose jobs here in america by put putting mandates on our companies that hurts our economy and cost us jobs, and then she wants to add taxes on products that

Jim DeMint

6:14:21 to 6:14:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: are coming from c other countries that don't abide by our mandates so that products cost more for the peopl fe who live here, many of them who won't have jobs. we can't solve the -- our environmental

Jim DeMint

6:14:36 to 6:15:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: problems with this kind of convoluted logic. the motion that i've put forward simply says -- and only if -- if a mandate is known to hurt our economy and cost our jobs, then we need to figure out

Jim DeMint

6:15:05 to 6:15:15( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: a different way to deal with it than to put a mandate on a company here in this country that doesn't have the same mandate w ith other countries that we trade with.MvBot i en~ my colleagues i would encourage

Jim DeMint

6:15:15 to 6:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: my colleagues to think -- let me provide a few more facts about what we're trying to do. we need to work to prevent greenhouse gases, and there are many things that we can do that don't hurt our economy

Jim DeMint

6:15:32 to 6:15:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and don't drive jobs out of our country. in fact, if we loacok at it closely, good economics is usually good for the environment. we see that if we move with all compassion but just knee-jerk reactions,

Jim DeMint

6:15:42 to 6:15:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that we end up with things like an ethanol mandate that don't help the environment and raise the price of food and hurt people all over the world. i'm afraid that same type of thinking is going on

Jim DeMint

6:15:58 to 6:16:16( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: rignght now. so it's a laudable goal, one that i agree with, that we should continue to work in all reasonable ways to reduce co2 emissions in our country. one recent study from the university of

Jim DeMint

6:16:16 to 6:16:32( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: california found that china passed the united states in carbon emissions in 2006 and is now the largest pollution-producing country in the world. this has just been in a few short years, and they're growing

Jim DeMint

6:16:32 to 6:16:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: much faster than we are. we do need to keep in mind that carbon in the air that comes from china does as much to hurt worldwide environment, if in fact it does affect global warming, it doesn't

Jim DeMint

6:16:43 to 6:16:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: matter if it's coming from the united states or from china. if we ignore what other countries are doing, we do it to our own peril. my motion is very similar to bipartisan agreements that we had in

Jim DeMint

6:16:58 to 6:17:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the congress when discussing the kyoto agreement. it makes no sense to bind our own country -- our companies with expensive mandates if we don't have cooperation from countries in other parts of the

Jim DeMint

6:17:12 to 6:17:28( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: world. we simpl y just movet our production and our jobs somewhere else. so we need to be logical about it. and i've mentioned before, according to a world bank study, bothth china and india have increased

Jim DeMint

6:17:28 to 6:17:43( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: co2 emissions by nearly 100% from 1990 to 2004, while the united states emissions in that same period only increased by 25%, which is less than the growth of our economy during that period. these

Jim DeMint

6:17:43 to 6:17:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: -- this emissions scheme that we've talked about would export americans manufacturing jobs to china and india. the solution that's being presented here by my colleague from california is she is basically

Jim DeMint

6:17:58 to 6:18:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: saying, okay, let's hurt the economy and lose jobs here in this country, but we can make up for it by raising the prices of things that come to us from china and india. that's not going to help anyone

Jim DeMint

6:18:12 to 6:18:26( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: in this country, and it's not going to do anything to reduce emissions in the world. it's really just playing musical chairs with american jobs and basically encouraging the environment to be spoiled in

Jim DeMint

6:18:26 to 6:18:41( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: other parts of the world. so, in order to truly address greenhouse gas emissions, it's imperative to both china and india and other countries that are emitting need to work together. so if we take

Jim DeMint

6:18:41 to 6:18:58( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: this on simply as one country, we'll hurt ourselves. we won't help the environment. and we'll send jobs overseas and actually encourage pollution, magnify it in effect by not acting in a way that tries

Jim DeMint

6:18:58 to 6:19:12( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: to seek cooperation from around the world. i would certainly encourageer my colleagues to respond to the need to reduce co2 emissions and to look at ways that we're doing it already,, that actually create

Jim DeMint

6:19:12 to 6:19:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: jobs and don't take them from our country. but let's don't solve the problem by making it worse and shipping our jobs and pollution overseas and expect to do any good with our legislation. so with

Jim DeMint

6:19:25 to 6:19:37( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: that, madam president, i reserve the balance of my time and yield back. mrs. boxer: madam president, how much time remains on either side? the presiding officer: the senator from california has 5 minutes

Jim DeMint

6:19:37 to 6:19:50( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: and 57 seconds. the senator from south carolina has 6 minutes and 51 seconds. mrs. boxer: madam president, would you let me know when i've used up 5 minutes? the presiding officer: i will be happy to

Barbara Boxer

6:19:50 to 6:20:06( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: advise. mrs. boxer: i want to say to my colleagues that senator demint's amendment is a back-to-the-future amendment. again, it's why his party is in so much trouble. it is not looking ahead with

Barbara Boxer

6:19:50 to 6:24:55( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Boxer

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