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Senate Proceeding on Sep 24th, 2009 :: 6:10:30 to 6:19:00
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Tom Udall

6:10:26 to 6:10:46( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: of those 18 threatens to supersede and overshadow senate-confirmed cabinet members like the head of and so my amendment is real simple. it says e.p.a. shouldn't have to carry out orders of the climate change czar when it's sup

Tom Udall

6:10:30 to 6:19:00( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Tom Udall

Tom Udall

6:10:47 to 6:11:07( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: to be headed by a cabinet member member, senate-confirmed appointee directly at e.p.a. so, again, i compliment the senator from maine in her efforts and certainly pledge ongoing i yield back my time. a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from new mexico.

Tom Udall

6:11:08 to 6:11:29( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: a senator: thank you, mr. mr. president, i rise today to oppose the murkowski amendment. the murkowski amendment would prohibit the e.p.a. from using funds under the clean air act to deal with climate change. mr. udall: i listened earlier today and i saw the senator from california, the chairman of the environment subcommittee of

Tom Udall

6:11:30 to 6:11:50( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: appropriations, speak about this issue and she spoke very eloquently. i saw senator boxer, my chairman on the environment and public works committee, speak about this issue, and she also made the very strong point that this amendment would be ill-advised and irresponsible.

Tom Udall

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

Tom Udall: and i rise today to speak to this amendment and to oppose it. america and the world are face to faceith a perfect storm, an energy crisis and a climate cris that require a do-it-all energy policy. these two crises are closely linked, and today i'd like to

Tom Udall

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

Tom Udall: race one facet of the solution: clean energy incentives. i strongly believe that we should resist efforts to block the obama administration action on clean energy year 2010 interior and environment appropriations act or other legislation, for that matter. if that were to happen, american

Tom Udall

6:12:33 to 6:12:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: families and the men and women in our armed forces would be stuck with the bill. concerns administration's actions to address our energy and climate cris have it exactly backwards backwards. the biggest cost is the cost of

Tom Udall

6:12:54 to 6:13:15( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: inaction, cost family pay at the pump, in energy bills every day, money from their hard-earned paychecks that ends up in the treasuries of foreign countries or foreign oil companies, some which are hostile to the united states. in the end, the only people who will benefit from efforts to block clean energy solutions are members of opec and other

Tom Udall

6:13:16 to 6:13:39( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: special interests in the fossil fuel industry. to put it simply, our dependence on fossil fuels on families' pocketbooks and a clear and presentanger to our national secur in 2008, american families and

Tom Udall

6:13:40 to 6:14:01( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: businesses sent overseas to pay for foreign oil. that works out to over $4,000 per household in america, a massive transfer of wealth from ha-working families in new mexico and the other 49 states to the treasurie of foreign nations. the largest consumer of foreign

Tom Udall

6:14:02 to 6:14:23( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: oil is the u.s. military, which is engaged in two major conflicts in the middle east, an area of strategic importance largely due to its massive oil reserves. making matters -- making matters worse, this same reliance on fossil fuels pollutes our atmosphere with

Tom Udall

6:14:24 to 6:14:46( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: toxic compounds like sulfur dioxide, soot and mercury alongside greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. the global climate crisis is real. strong scientific evidence shows that unless we transition to clean energy sources, our home states will pay a heavy price.

Tom Udall

6:14:47 to 6:15:07( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: in new mexico, scientific evidence indicates droughts and invasive species caused by climate change. luckily, we have numerous cost-effective solutions at hand to address the energy and climate crises. my home state of new mexico and

Tom Udall

6:15:08 to 6:15:29( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: many other nation are rich in cleaner sources of domestic energy like wind, solar, geothermal and natural gas. several years ago wind energy was unusual but today these products are quite common. wind products create thousands of u.s. jobs in steal, manufacturing and construction sectors.

Tom Udall

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

Tom Udall: the u.s. is now installing over a gigawatt of solar power each year, and there are six other gigawatts of concentrated solar power projects planned nationally, particularly in the southwest. u.s. natural gas reserves have also increased by 35% in just

Tom Udall

6:15:51 to 6:16:11( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: one year, an increase that gives our nation a century's worth of supply. while natural gas is a fossil fuel, it is significantly cleaner than either coal or oil and much more abundant. but despite these improvements, we continue to waste tremendous amounts of energy. government and industry studies

Tom Udall

6:16:12 to 6:16:32( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: have found that the right investments could save energy and more than $1 trillion at the same time. energy efficiency does not mean turning down the heater in the winter. rather, efficiency means investments in building technologies like advanced windows, insulation, and smart

Tom Udall

6:16:33 to 6:16:53( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: electric grids that don't waste energy or money. improving our efficiency on a major scale would also save more than one billion tons of greenhouse gases, proving that we can address the global climate crisis without increasing costs on families.

Tom Udall

6:16:54 to 6:17:14( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: the united states supreme court ruled that the bush administration was required by the clean air act to reduce air pollution that is causing our climate crisis, but the bush administration failed to act. congress should not put the obama admistration in handcuffs when the president is

Tom Udall

6:17:15 to 6:17:35( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: trying to change course and follow the law. to those who worry that the administration action could short circuit debate on these issues in congress, nothing could be further from the truth. i agree that congress should act and set a comprehensive clean energy incentive policy. numerous cabinet secretaries from the administration have

Tom Udall

6:17:36 to 6:17:56( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: testified that they welcome congressional action to create a path forward on clean energy. for congress to block the administration and to fail to act itself would be the height of irresponsibility. our energy and climate crisis

Tom Udall

6:17:57 to 6:18:17( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: have the same root cause. the united states senate should address both challenges with the same cost-effective solutions, incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency. that is why efforts to block the obama administration from acting on climate change are so dangerous. such efforts continue our

Tom Udall

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

Tom Udall: reliance on fossil fuels that hurt family budgets, threaten our national security and pollute our atmosphere. the bottom line is america needs a do-it-all energy policy, one that includes all the tools in our energy toolbox, more alternative energies and a commitment to conservation,

Tom Udall

6:18:39 to 6:18:59( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: increased domestic oil production including offshore, investments in clean coal research and technology, and nuclear power has to be part of the mix. energy and climate change are one of the defing challenges of our time, our perfect storm. we have the tools to fix the problem.

Tom Udall

6:19:00 to 6:19:01( Edit History Discussion )

Tom Udall: now we just need the will to

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