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Senate Proceeding on Jul 28th, 2010 :: 6:28:00 to 6:32:15
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Sam Brownback

6:27:56 to 6:28:17( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: mr. president, i yield the floor. mr. brownback: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from kansas. mr. brownback: i want to thank my colleague from north dakota for yielding the floor and invite him to stay because eufpt to talk about the renewable energy standard and the need to have that in an energy piece of legislation. i know it's something that he's certainly interested in and has been for a long period of time.

Sam Brownback

6:28:00 to 6:32:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Sam Brownback

Sam Brownback

6:28:18 to 6:28:38( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: it's something i'm interested in. i think it's one of those commonsense approaches that you can get a bipartisan support built for if you do it in a sensible fashion that doesn't raise utility rates. that's the key issue to watch for here is not to raise utility rates. i thinkwe have a robust enough but not greedy renewable

Sam Brownback

6:28:39 to 6:28:59( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: energy standard that is prudent, that is workable over a period of time where companies can work into this, we can start moving forward on renewable energy in a sound economic fashion, and we could balance our energy needs with our environmental needs, with our economic demands and not raise utility rates. that's why i would hope, and i

Sam Brownback

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

Sam Brownback: was hoping that the leader, when he introduced his energy bill concept would put forward in it a renewable energy standard. he did not call for that. i do call for that. fanned we get an energy bill up re othe floor, which i do hope we're going to get to an energy bill on the floor, i will certainly be supporting a renewable energy standard, the

Sam Brownback

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

Sam Brownback: likes of which we passed on a bipartisan basis through the energy committee. i'm going to look -- i'm looking forward to supporting what we put forward in the america clean energy leadership act of 2009 that was reported out of the energy committee on a strong bipartisan basis. the was a provision in there that called for a

Sam Brownback

6:29:43 to 6:30:03( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: energy standard by 2021. and within that 15% was even allowed 11% by renewables and up to 4% by conservation, so that there was some ways for groups and individuals to be able to work forward building in some conservation, but also building in renewable energy into the portfolio such as through

Sam Brownback

6:30:04 to 6:30:24( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: renewable energy of wind, solar, biomass or other means. i've been advocating this for some per colleague from north dakota has advocated this. it is something that we have voted on recently in this body, as recently as 2005 where we looked then at a 10% renewable energy standard. the difference is in conferences

Sam Brownback

6:30:25 to 6:30:45( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: prevented thatrom moving on forward. the amendment i would support that i would hope that the leaderould reconsider and put forward in his base bill that he puts up on the floor is a 15%, as i stated, by 2021. that is something that can have and would gain bipartisan support.

Sam Brownback

6:30:46 to 6:31:07( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: and iwe are -- are serious about moving forward on reducing our dependency on foreign oil, on foreign sources, if we're serious about moving forward on needs in the environment that we have, this is a very sensible, pragmatic, prudent approach to move forward with it.

Sam Brownback

6:31:08 to 6:31:28( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: it's one that we can do. it's one that we can get accomplished. it's one that has passed this body before. so this is something we already know the votes here to pass something like a -- a modest renewable energy standard. and that's why i'm calling for this to be put forward in the leader's base bill. if not, i'm supporting an

Sam Brownback

6:31:29 to 6:31:50( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: amendment that it would be put in this energy bill should it come to the floor and i hope it does come to the floor. we need to address the energy needs of this country. we have a huge problem that's obviously been going on for some period of time in the gulf of mexico in that spill. we have enorms energy needs in this country. we need to be able to balance our energy needs with the environment and our economic abilities.

Sam Brownback

6:31:51 to 6:32:12( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: we're in difficult economic shape now so you can't put a lot of load on the economy and shouldn't be anyoad on the economy he. and if we're wise and prudent about this, we can do the renewable energy standards and not put any load on the economy. so that's why i would ask the leader to do that. i hope we can in moving this process on forward and it's my hope that this will be included

Sam Brownback

6:32:13 to 6:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

Sam Brownback: in any energy legislation that ultimately passes this body.

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