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Senate Proceeding on Jun 2nd, 2008 :: 0:05:19 to 0:15:54
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Benjamin L. Cardin

0:00:41 to 0:05:19( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Benjamin L. Cardin

Benjamin L. Cardin

0:05:04 to 0:05:19( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: marca, m.t.a. while 30% will develop new systems that will take new cards off the road. mr. president, this bill is important for our country. it's important for our future. i'm proud to be a cosponsor,

Joseph Lieberman

0:05:19 to 0:05:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and i urge my colleagues not onlyo vote to bring this bill up, but let's work out the amendments and let's pass it so that america can regain its leadership in the world on fighting the rising problems

Joseph Lieberman

0:05:19 to 0:15:54( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Joseph Lieberman

Joseph Lieberman

0:05:28 to 0:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of greenhouse gases. with that, i yield the floor. mr. lieberman: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from connecticut. mr. lieberman: mr. president, i ask the chair if i might be informed

Joseph Lieberman

0:05:40 to 0:05:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: when ten minutes has expired, so i'll conclude my comments. the presiding officer: the chair will so inform. mr. lieberman: on behalf of senator nelson of florida, i ask unanimous consent that maria

Joseph Lieberman

0:05:54 to 0:06:06( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: honeycut be granted floor privileges for the senate's consideration of this legislation. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. lieberman: i thank the president. for the first time

Joseph Lieberman

0:06:06 to 0:06:21( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: in the history of the senate or the house, a comprehensive bill to curb global warming has reached the floor after having been reported favorably by the committee of jurisdiction. this has happened, in

Joseph Lieberman

0:06:21 to 0:06:37( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: my opinion, because of two people. one is senator warner, who joined the fight early on with me, to my great pleasure, and made this a bipartisan piece of legislation, and was responsible for helping

Joseph Lieberman

0:06:37 to 0:06:52( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: us get it out of the subcommittee and the full committee. the second person is chairman boxer, whose drive and persistance and legislative skill fashioned a majority within the committee and brings this

Joseph Lieberman

0:06:52 to 0:07:08( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: bill to the floor with some momentum behind it. the fact is that twice in the past, in 2003 and 2005, senator mccain and i brought a comprehensive climate measure to a vote in the full senate, but

Joseph Lieberman

0:07:08 to 0:07:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: we had to do it by amendment because in neither case did the environment committee report it out favorably. i will say that the amendment, as is known, lost twice with a high vote total of 44. i am confident

Joseph Lieberman

0:07:23 to 0:07:38( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that we're going to do a lot better than this in this consideration. so bottom line, mr. president, this climate security act has reached this point through the regular order, as we say here in the senate,

Joseph Lieberman

0:07:38 to 0:07:52( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: having earned increasing and diverse political support along the way. and i think that represents a tremendous step forward. the climate security act has a bipartisan list of cosponsors. in addition

Joseph Lieberman

0:07:52 to 0:08:04( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to senator warner and myself, senators coleman, collins and tko el; senators cardin, casey, harkin, klobuchar, nelson of florida, schumer and wyden. each of those members contributed substantively

Joseph Lieberman

0:08:04 to 0:08:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to the bill while also helping to garner support for it among other senators and key constituencies. i cannot thank them enough for their help and for the trust that they placed in senators warner,

Joseph Lieberman

0:08:19 to 0:08:36( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: boxer, and myself. mr. president, senator warner and i introduced the climate security act for a very simple but serious reason. it was to protect the environment, economy, and national security of

Joseph Lieberman

0:08:36 to 0:08:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the united states of america from the worst effects of manmade climate change. is it a problem, climate change? well, just last week the bush administration itself released a scientific report confirming

Joseph Lieberman

0:08:57 to 0:09:11( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that if we as a nation failed to take strong action now to cut our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases then it will impose a severe hardship on the american people. the the administration's

Joseph Lieberman

0:09:11 to 0:09:24( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: climate change science reports finds in the next 45 to 50 years increased temperatures will result in slower economic growth and lower yields for staple crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat and

Joseph Lieberman

0:09:24 to 0:09:39( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: rice. that's slower growth of those crops and lower yields. arid regions of the united states will face more frequent wildfires which will be made worse as fire-resistant plants are replaced in the

Joseph Lieberman

0:09:39 to 0:09:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: natural order by more combustible grasses. in the american west, the mountain snows that provide a steady flow of water for irrigation and reservoirs will dwindle. rainfall will come at times in amounts

Joseph Lieberman

0:09:57 to 0:10:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that will make it hard to manage. the sustained temperature increases will stress livestock, slowing their production and growth rates -- reproduction and growth rates, thereby decreasing their milk

Joseph Lieberman

0:10:13 to 0:10:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: production. across the nation an increased frequency and severity of heat wales will lead to more illness and death, particularly among the young, the elderly, the frail and the poor. the climatic

Joseph Lieberman

0:10:25 to 0:10:45( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: changes will allow animal water and foodborne diseases to spread in the nation or to emerge in areas where they have been limited or had not existed. mr. president, these are the findings of a report

Joseph Lieberman

0:10:45 to 0:11:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: of the bush administration. unfortunately, our failure to take any action to raoeb dues or even stabilize our greenhouse gas emissions since the 1980's when scientists first began to warn us about it

Joseph Lieberman

0:11:01 to 0:11:17( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: means that some part of the negative impacts described by this administration's science report are now inevitable. that's the reality. greenhouse gases don't go up and dissipate. they accumulate. some consequences

Joseph Lieberman

0:11:17 to 0:11:32( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: are inevitable. the scientific community tells us that we can still prevent the situation from reaching much worse, even catastrophic proportions, if we take the lead now in reducing emissions of greenhouse

Joseph Lieberman

0:11:32 to 0:11:47( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: gases. that, mr. president, is what this climate security act would do. the bill, beginning in 2012 -- and remember, that's not now. 2012. so if we begin by passing this legislation now, we're going

Joseph Lieberman

0:11:47 to 0:11:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to have some time to work with it if people find reasons to fix it as we go along before it goes in effect. so, beginning in 2012, this legislation would place a cap on the aggregate greenhouse gas

Joseph Lieberman

0:11:58 to 0:12:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: emissions of the 2,100 facilities in america that are responsible for 85% of those emissions in this country. a very important point. people out there may wonder, oh, my god, is this going to mean that

Joseph Lieberman

0:12:13 to 0:12:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i've got in my little business, in my factory, on my farm, am i going to have to fill out a lot of paperwork and get involved in this cap-and-trade business? no. this is an upstream piece of legislation.

Joseph Lieberman

0:12:26 to 0:12:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: only 2,100 facilities in america will be part of this cap-and-trade proposal. the bill would tighten the caps slowly and steadily such that the aggregate emissions of those sources of greenhouse gases

Joseph Lieberman

0:12:44 to 0:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: would be down to about 30% of the current level by 2050. that would be a substantial accomplishment. making conservative assumptions about actions by other nations -- that is assuming that other nations,

Joseph Lieberman

0:12:58 to 0:13:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: including the rising great economic powers like china and india, frankly, don't do much -- the administration through another agency has determined that the emissions reductions achieved by the climate

Joseph Lieberman

0:13:13 to 0:13:28( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: security act would prevent atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations fromnt reaching the level to which scientists ascribe a high h risk of catastrophic impacts. in other words, assuming that a lot of

Joseph Lieberman

0:13:28 to 0:13:42( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the other big nations don't do much of anything, this bill will make sure that we fulfill our responsibility to protect our citizens. in fact, it would keep global emissions below the catastrophic level.

Joseph Lieberman

0:13:42 to 0:13:58( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: now, some say it will cost money. it will cost money. but what is the cost? and, remember that this sets up a system where money is raised through the auction of -- the auctioning of allowances. but

Joseph Lieberman

0:13:58 to 0:14:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that money -- a lot of it -- that is a lot of money will be raised -- is immediately reinvested in research and development of new energy technologies in subsidies to protect people and businesses

Joseph Lieberman

0:14:15 to 0:14:34( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: who are going to be most likely affected by this. you've got to understand as you consider this bill that it will not only deal with the problem of global warming, this bill is the energy independence,

Joseph Lieberman

0:14:34 to 0:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: energy security act that america in its right mind should have adopted 30 years ago. people have said we need a manhattan project, we need an apollo project to make america energy-independent, to break our

Joseph Lieberman

0:14:46 to 0:15:04( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: dependence on foreign oil. this legislation will address more than six times the amount of money that the apollo project and the manhattan project combined spent. and we need to do it to free ourselves,

Joseph Lieberman

0:15:04 to 0:15:15( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: free america, from dependence on foreign oil from tyrants in places like iran and venezuela. senator warner and i asked the energy information agency, a section of the department of energy of this administration,

Joseph Lieberman

0:15:15 to 0:15:32( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: what the cost would be of our legislation. and they responded that the climate security act impact on the nation's economic growth would be negligible. the fact is that they say under our bill,r

Joseph Lieberman

0:15:32 to 0:15:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that america will continue to grow robustly up until 2030, which is the period that they measured, and would hit a level just 0.3% lower than under a business-as-usual scenario. mr. president, those

Joseph Lieberman

0:15:44 to 0:15:54( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: are my opening comments. with great honor and gratitude, i yield to my friend and partner and cosponsor from virginia. mr. warner: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from virginia

John Warner

0:15:54 to 0:16:05( Edit History Discussion )

John Warner: is recognized. mr. warner: i thank my colleague. i'll have further wor about my colleagues. the chairman of our committee on behalf of the senate as a whole has se information which certainly i find

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