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James Inhofe

6:09:25 to 6:09:46( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: reserve the right to object. senator, if you can hold off for just a moment, we'd like to consult with the chairwoman. mr. inhofe: all right. while i am holding off, my understanding is that some of the rest are getting in the cue. the same treatment

James Inhofe

6:09:40 to 6:34:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: James Inhofe

James Inhofe

6:11:29 to 6:11:50( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: afforded those before me. the presiding officer: the senator from oklahoma. mr. inhofe: madam president, i want to amend my previous request and -- and ask unanimous consent to set the amendment side for the consideration of two of the amendments number 430 and 438. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, the clerk will report.

James Inhofe

6:11:51 to 6:12:11( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: the clerk: the senator from oklahoma, mr. inhofe, proposes an amendment number 430. mr. inhofe: i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading. the presiding officer: without objection. the clerk: the senator from oklahoma, mr. inhofe, proposes amendment n mr. inhofe: i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. inhofe: and, madam

James Inhofe

6:12:12 to 6:12:36( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: president, i had asked by unanimous consent that i be considered -- that i consider to speak as if in morning business, which i know you will honor, however i want to mention this -- one much these two amendments, i think it's significant and it's somewhat similar, i think, to the amendment offered by the senior senator from maine.

James Inhofe

6:12:37 to 6:12:58( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: and what it has to do is with the -- with these various regulations that are actually coming -- most of these are coming from the environmental protection agency. one of the serious problems that we have in the committee that --

James Inhofe

6:12:59 to 6:13:19( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: on which i am the ranking member, the environment public works committee, chaired by senator boxer from california we have oversight over the enviromental protection agency. we've been watching what has been happening in the last several months. many of the things that they have been trying to get through through regulations here on the floor of the senate, they've

James Inhofe

6:13:20 to 6:13:41( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: been un -- they have been unable to do -- excuse me, through legislation, and so they're trying to do the very things they're unable to get done legislation by regulation. and these are very expensive. right now we have a problem with our economy. we have an over regulation that

James Inhofe

6:13:42 to 6:14:04( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: is just killing a lot of the businesses that are throughout and what i'm trying to do as an amendment, and that is what amendment 438 is, is to get into the record -- the bill sets up a committee to assess the effects of the e.p.a.'s regulatory mandates including the provisions of the clean air act, the clean water act, the solid

James Inhofe

6:14:05 to 6:14:26( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: waste disposal act including greenhouse gases regulations, boiler mack, coal ash disposal. the assessment includes the evaluation of the cumulative effects of the e.p.a.'s mandates on employment, economic development and this type of thing. it does not affect t

James Inhofe

6:14:27 to 6:14:47( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: the reason i want to have it this in here is we have now quantified what it is costing the american people in terms of employment, in terms of dollars, and just greenhouse gases, for example, we know that the cost, if they do anything like the cap-and-trade that they have tried to do through legislation, and that is exactly what they're

James Inhofe

6:14:48 to 6:15:08( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: attempting to do through regulations, the e.p.a., somewhere between $300 billion and $400 billion of loss in g.d.p. per year, that's every year. you can call that a tax increase if you want to. that's exactly what it is. the same as a loss in g.d.p. in my case in oklahoma, because

James Inhofe

6:15:09 to 6:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: it's confusing when we in this -- and this administration have been talking about hundreds of billions an trals of dollars -- and trillions of dollars, no one has a handle on what it costs. in my state of oklahoma, i have a running track on how many families file tax returns. in my state of oklahoma, if you take the number of files that file -- families that file a tax

James Inhofe

6:15:30 to 6:15:50( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: return and you do the math, that would be a little over $3,000 per family if we were to pass a cap-and-trade regulation. what is wrong with this? a lot of people are out there saying, inhofe, you wrong all this time, and since you are wrong on the -- you may be wrong, or what if you are

James Inhofe

6:15:51 to 6:16:12( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: wrong, my response is this, we have a very fine director of the enviromental protection agency, lisa jackson. i can rember talking to her about, you know, happen if we were to pass any of these bills where we are going back to maybe the warner-lieberman bill or the waxman-markey bill or even by regulations, cap-and-trade, the cost would be excessive,

James Inhofe

6:16:13 to 6:16:33( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: however, my question to her was, if we were successful in doing this, would this reduce the greenhouse gaseses? and the answer is the reason it wouldn't is that it applies only to the united states of america. if we're going to have a tax increase on every tax-paying family and in my state in

James Inhofe

6:16:34 to 6:16:57( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: oklahoma, $3,000, and they admit we're not getting anything for it, we need to stop from doing that. i could say the same thing about the ozone, the national ambient air quality standards, that would be a loss in g.d.p. the boiler mac rules and regulations, some $1 billion

James Inhofe

6:16:58 to 6:17:18( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: lost in g.d.p., utility mec, in compliance costs, between the years of 2011 and 2030 and that -- and cement mack, some billions of dollars. we needs need to tell the american people what the cost simplify all these things. in doing this, this will be

James Inhofe

6:17:19 to 6:17:40( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: by this amendment, senate amendment number 438. and we will be hopefully able to get a vote on that. now, madam president, i'm going to take a little time on something else that is -- has to be said today. and that is what i've been on the floor six times already

James Inhofe

6:17:41 to 6:18:02( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: talking about and i -- and the only reason i'm continuing to do this is because somehow the state department, the french, the unite the nations and all of them seem to be laboring under this misconception that i'll go away and i won't talk about it

James Inhofe

6:18:03 to 6:18:26( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: anymore. the problem we have right now started some time ago. i'll just share with you a new development today and we're talking about the rigged election that took place in cote d'ivoire, and the fact that someone whose name isal a sane quattara. we've demonstrated very clearly, won the election by fraudulent means.

James Inhofe

6:18:27 to 6:18:47( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: the president of that country is lawyerent gbagbo. he has been president for a number of years. his wife has been a gracious and a great first lady. now, what i want to do today -- this is the seventh time i've been on the floor talking about this -- is give you the latest of this grave swraition in cote d'ivoire.

James Inhofe

6:18:48 to 6:19:08( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: and i can sole only say that it consider be and i can only say that continues to be a targeted genocide and supporters of the pr the last time we talked about it on april 4 when we first started talking about this we were

James Inhofe

6:19:09 to 6:19:30( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: hoping that we'd be able to stop the state department and others from going along with what's going on now in cote d'ivoire. i know it is complicated. a lot of people don't remember the genocide in rwanda in 1994. now we look back and say, what a horrible thing that was. sure it was horrible. but right now what's going on in

James Inhofe

6:19:31 to 6:19:52( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: the streets of abidjan in cote d'ivoire is something that has surfaced to the american people. what's going on now s. proves what i've been saying for the last seven days that the rebel leader quattara is still carrying on death squads, killing people in the streets of abidjan and cote d'ivoire.

James Inhofe

6:19:53 to 6:20:13( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: that's the death squad. these are the people that are murdering today as we speak and torturing people in abidjan. i bet there aren't a hndzful of people that even know where abidjan is. but this is the city, the capital of cote d'ivoire, a beautiful country. and these people coming from

James Inhofe

6:20:14 to 6:20:35( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: from the north under this alassane quattara are in there today. i don't know how many hundreds of people they're murdering today. but they're doing it they're torturing and they're raping. but before i tell you what the most recent information that came out from the hum watch, i'm going to remind you of what i said back on the 27th of may. that was when amnesty international, they reported

James Inhofe

6:20:36 to 6:20:56( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: that a manhunt -- i am quoting now from amnesty international. what i said right here from this podium that a -- quote -- "manhunt was launched against gbagbo loyalists in abidjan and several senior officials close to him were beaten in the hours after his arrest." that was two weeks ago. i'm further quoting now from the amnesty international. "in the west of the country,

James Inhofe

6:20:57 to 6:21:18( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: thousands of people fled their homes, and many are still living in the forests, too frightened to return." locket this. this is the burn, charred bodies of people who have been tortured to death. it just happened. it's going on today right now. there's a man who is severely beaten. he died right after that.

James Inhofe

6:21:19 to 6:21:41( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: a little small child was put to death in the same way. there they are in the middle of excuses. that's going on now. and gaton mutu said "human rights violations are still being committed against real and perceived supporters of lawyerent gbagbo, alassane with a tear rase failure to condemn

James Inhofe

6:21:42 to 6:22:04( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: these could be seen as a green light to continue. quattara must be publicly state that all violence against civilian population --" that's what the mandate was two weeks ago. that's what they are a supposed to do two weeks asmght they went ton say in the amnesty international, "attacks against villages inha habited by people

James Inhofe

6:22:05 to 6:22:27( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: belong belonging to ethnic groups considered supporters of gbagbo continued in the first weeks of may," according to amnesty international. between the 6th and 8th of may, dozens were killed, several villages were burned. they justified these acts by saying they were looking for arms and liberian mercenaries

James Inhofe

6:22:28 to 6:22:48( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: and they want -- went on to describe this. there is an article in "guardian" magazine that talked about this. they said "an amnesty delegation spent two weeks on the ivory coast gathering more unanimous 100 witnesses' statements from people who survived in duekoue."

James Inhofe

6:22:49 to 6:23:10( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: this is in that small town of duekoue. the neighboring vaidges on march 29. all statements indicated a systematic and targeted series of killings committed by the uniform republican forces loyal to quattara who executed hundreds of men and -- on political and ethnic grounds.

James Inhofe

6:23:11 to 6:23:32( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: bever killing them, he would ask their victims to give their nairnlings show identity cards, and some of these cards were found beside the bodies. a woman who lived in duekoue told researchers 'they came into the yards and chased the women. then they told the men to line up and asked them to state their first and second names and show her identity cards.

James Inhofe

6:23:33 to 6:23:53( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: they then executed them. i was present,' quoting a woman. 'three young men were shot to death in front of me.' and this amnesty report also accuses the u.n. mission, which has a base less than a mile from duekoue of what they called fatal inertia.

James Inhofe

6:23:54 to 6:24:15( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: that means they did nothing. they let this go on. we're talking about the united nations. people around here, there are a lot of liberals in this body who don't think anything worthwhile is -- is worthwhile unless it comes from some big body like the united nations and that's what's happening right now. so i want to go ahead dish know that there's someone else on the

James Inhofe

6:24:16 to 6:24:38( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: floor that wants to speak, but i'd -- i just want to be sure that are informed that what i talked about two weeks ago today is still happening today. now, what happened today is the newly released report by human rights watch, stwaitz -- and i am going to quote now -- this

James Inhofe

6:24:39 to 6:24:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: came out today: "armed forces loyal to president quattara killed at least 179 supporters of lawyerent gbagbo since taking control of the commercial capital of abidjan in mid-april of 2011. ""the report goes on to detail the gruesome detail, elbaradeiic

James Inhofe

6:25:00 to 6:25:21( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: episodes of the torture and deaths at the hand of the quattara forces. now. here are a few examples today. with a farrah's forces -- this is from the human rights watch, "quattara's forces searched areas former controlled by pro-gbagbo militia and the

James Inhofe

6:25:22 to 6:25:42( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: majority of documented abuses occurred in the pro-gbagbo strong hold town, in the south part much -- you got to keep in mind the quattara forces came from the muslim area of the north. most killings were pointblank excuses of youth. you're seeing a point-blank -- that's what it looks like, madam

James Inhofe

6:25:43 to 6:26:03( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: president, right there. a gun to the head. most killings were pointblank excuses of youth from ethnic groups generally aligned with gbagbo in what appeared to be collective punishment for these groups. one man described how republican forces -- soldiers killed his 21-year-old brother, two of them

James Inhofe

6:26:04 to 6:26:29( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: grabbed his legs, another one held his arms behind him, a fifth one held his head, then a guy pulled out a knife and slit my brother's throat. he was screaming. i saw his legs shake after they slit he his throat, the blood streaming down as they were doing it." "they said they had to eliminate all of the young patrons that

James Inhofe

6:26:30 to 6:26:50( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: they had caused" -- all right, during the raid in abby jarntion the forces, the u.n. forces, the french and quattara, they went in and it happens that the seated president, president gbagbo, he had not a lot of armaments, but he had a whole lot of young people and they were armed not with weapons but with baseball bats, with wooden clubs, and they surrounded the

James Inhofe

6:26:51 to 6:27:11( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: palace to try to protect him knowing that they would kill their president. this is where they are today. these are the young kids. this is in a gas station up here. they're all lined up there. they're executing some of them, starving, beating the rest of thevment there's pictures that -- of what is going on. these young patrons were young supporters of president gbagbo

James Inhofe

6:27:12 to 6:27:32( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: who surrounded his palace in a human chain armed with just sticks and bats. against the u.n.-french attack helicopters which were bombing gbagbo's residence, now being searched out by quattara's forces for torture and death. this report came "another woman who witnessed the

James Inhofe

6:27:33 to 6:27:53( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: killing of 18 youths was brutally raped by the republican force soldiers after being forced to load their vehicles with pillaged goods. on may 23 an elderly man in the same neighborhood saw republican forces execute his son, whom they aciewsdz of being a member of the pro-gbagbo millishavment another witness described seeing the republican forces slit the

James Inhofe

6:27:54 to 6:28:15( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: throats of the youth in front of his father after finding an ak-48 and grenade in his bedroom during a 4:00 a.m. bedroom search. the witness was forced to hand over his laptop computer, cell phones and was murdered." human rights documented similar

James Inhofe

6:28:16 to 6:28:37( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: pillages of houses and scores of witnesses in abidjan." personally talked to these people who witnessed this going on. the witness like many others interviewed by human rights watch waited to flee abidjan to his family village but had no money for transportation since the republican forces had taken everything. human rights watch said" -- it

James Inhofe

6:28:38 to 6:28:59( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: disowmented 54 extra judicial excuses at detention including police stations an the oil -- that was the station that we just now saw. there is eight execution of the young kids taking place. in addition to the killings that i'm reading now from the human rights watch. the human rights interviewed a young man who had been detained

James Inhofe

6:29:00 to 6:29:21( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: by d. -- detained by the forces and arrested for to other reason than their age and ethnic group. neither every detainee described being struck by guns and ropes and fists for participation in the young patrons. those are the young people sursurrounding the palace. several described torture including forceable removal of teeth from one victim and placed

James Inhofe

6:29:22 to 6:29:42( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: a burning hot victim in another victim and then cutting him. mr. president, the human rights report that witnesses consistently identified the killers and abusers as the republican forces of quattara and they were overseen by the quattara and the so soros is the general of

James Inhofe

6:29:43 to 6:30:06( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: quattara, responsible for going into duekoue. that's where they murdered all the people and the source they speak of was the one responsible for that under the supervision and direction of alassane with a tear ravmen-- quattara. society human rights report

James Inhofe

6:30:07 to 6:30:28( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: calls on the humane treatment of anyone detained. i hope this report is ghg to drought attention so that at least the snait state department knows what's going on because our state department is going along with all of this. they had an opportunity to voice themselves and to come up with a solution. the solution is to offer amnesty

James Inhofe

6:30:29 to 6:30:50( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: or to send him to a country where he would be able to -- to live. now, i have been very capitol hill of the state department in the handling of this situation in cote d'ivoire from the beginning. i sent them evidence months ago that showed that quattara had fraud during the last years of the presidential election. i called for an investigation.

James Inhofe

6:30:51 to 6:31:11( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: i called for a new election. of course, it all met on deaf ears. i also called upon the state department to inquire as to the health and safety of president laurent gbagbo and his wife. today we have nothing. so lastly, i had urged our state department to use its power to influence and to allow the reconciliation process in cote

James Inhofe

6:31:12 to 6:31:32( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: d'ivoire to begin by allowing gbagbo to go into exile, and i pointed out that at least half of the population of cote d'ivoire, they support gbagbo. i acknowledge of one african leader who is willing to accept gbagbo right now in his country. it's a sub-sahara african country. the state department has been aware of this for over a month.

James Inhofe

6:31:33 to 6:31:53( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: again, i strongly suggest that is the solution to the problem. it has been done before. it was done in haiti with baby doc duvelier and was sent into exile in france. i know people are tired of hearing me talk about cote d'ivoire, but i had a very pleasant experience yesterday. i met the nominee for the under secretary of state for political

James Inhofe

6:31:54 to 6:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: affairs. his name is bill verns. i had a chance to visit with him about this and other problems that we're having now. i found him to be very receptive. i'm convinced that he embodies the high traditions of the foreign service: selfless, nonpartisan diplomatic service. he indicated to me that he will follow through with my previous request with the state

James Inhofe

6:32:16 to 6:32:36( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: departments and specifically regarding the health and well-being of the gbagbos. lastly, i -- and i appreciate that and i look forward to working with him. so i will finish by letting you see the two gbagbos. this is the president. i believe he still should be the legitimate president of cote d'ivoire. the election was stolen from him. that was the happy guy that i knew, laurent gbagbo.

James Inhofe

6:32:37 to 6:32:57( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: this was him right after they took him. this side of his face is bashed in. his wife is a beautiful lady. her name is simone gbagbo. here is a picture of her as i have known her for over 15 years. a gracious lady, everyone loves her. and after they took her, the alassane quattara, this is what

James Inhofe

6:32:58 to 6:33:18( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: she looked like after that. use your imagination what happened. they ripped her hair out by the roots, went dancing up and down the streets of abidjan with the hair. and put that other one up there, too. this is where you have to use your imagination. this is what's going on today, because we can't get the state department to cooperate. there they are, the death squad of the alassane quattara, and

James Inhofe

6:33:19 to 6:33:40( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: there is the first lady, the beautiful simone gbagbo. so lastly, i just hope somebody cares. i hope somebody in the state department cares enough to intervene and allow that party to go into exile. there is already an operation for that. almost every president of every african country who has called me is in agreement with what we're trying to do here.

James Inhofe

6:33:41 to 6:34:02( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: with that, i'll the presiding officer: the senator from oregon is recognized. mr. merkley: thank you, madam president. i ask unanimous consent to set aside the pending amendment and i call up amendment number 427. the presiding officer: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. the clerk will report. the clerk: the senator from oregon, mr. merkley, proposes an

James Inhofe

6:34:03 to 6:34:16( Edit History Discussion )

James Inhofe: amendment mr. merkley: madam president, i ask that further reading of the amendment be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. mr. merkley: thank you. i yield the floor. mr. mccain: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from arizona is recognized. mr. mccain: call for regular

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