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Senate Proceeding 11-13-07 on Nov 13th, 2007 :: 3:37:42 to 3:52:02
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Barbara Boxer

3:37:42 to 3:37:50( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: quorum call: mrs. boxer: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from california. mrs. boxer: i ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding of ficer: without objeutction.

Barbara Boxer

3:37:42 to 3:52:02( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Barbara Boxer

Barbara Boxer

3:37:50 to 3:38:08( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: the senator from california is or recognized. mrs. boxer: thank you very much, mr. president. i thank senator har tkin, because i know he's goingi to be speaking shortly, and i wanted to follow

Barbara Boxer

3:38:08 to 3:38:25( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: senator sanders, as the chair of the environment committee, i was very interested in his presentation, and i thank him for caring so deeply about global warming. the thing we have to do around here

Barbara Boxer

3:38:25 to 3:38:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: is get a really good bill down to the floor because everything that senator sanders talks about -- geothermal, solar solar, e verything he talks about about, green jobs -- depends on our ability to get

Barbara Boxer

3:38:40 to 3:38:54( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: a really good bill to the floor of the united states senate. what also is interesting is that senator sanders called the lieberman-warner bill a very strong bill, and i agree with him. it is a very strong

Barbara Boxer

3:38:54 to 3:39:09( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: bill. and that's before we even made some perfecting amendments out of subcommittee. i think it's interesting, it's the eveningtime now. senator harkin is onki the floor and senator cardin is the

Barbara Boxer

3:39:09 to 3:39:26( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: chair, and senator harkin is a co cosponsor of the lieberman- lieberman-warner bilebl. senator harkin is truly a great conservationist, as we're going to hear from him. he did a presentation to us at our caucus

Barbara Boxer

3:39:26 to 3:39:41( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: lunch that showed how deeply committed he is to this country's environment. the fact that he is on the lieberman-warner bill, i think, gave a great lift and a great boost to that piece of legislation, and

Barbara Boxer

3:39:41 to 3:39:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: senator cardin, the senator from maryland sitting in the chair, our presiding officer, has played a tremendous role already in moving forward the legislation that we need to move forward on if we' going

Barbara Boxer

3:39:58 to 3:40:11( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: to address global warming. mr. president, there isn't any question that the ravages of o global warming are around the corner. is it going to be 20 years, is it going to be 10? do we already see it?

Barbara Boxer

3:40:11 to 3:40:24( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: some say yes -- inn darfur, in some of the weather patterns, in some of the fires, in some of the glueds floods, in some of the droughts because the scientists tell us that unfettered global warming

Barbara Boxer

3:40:24 to 3:40:38( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: will lead t extremes in weather. so it is coming i down the track right at us, and we have some options here in this united states senate as to what we're going to do about it. we could hold out

Barbara Boxer

3:40:38 to 3:40:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: for the perfect bill, and i can say c as someone who wrote a bill with senator jeffords and then senator sanders, oh, i know which bill is perfect -- . for me, it's the bill that i wrote. i know

Barbara Boxer

3:40:52 to 3:41:07( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: my friends in the senate, each could take their turn at writing a bill, and that bill will be perfect for that senator senator. but this is a legislative body, and if you have 100 perfects and

Barbara Boxer

3:41:07 to 3:41:21( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: we can't agree to come together t together on a very good bill, we get nothing done. and i would suggest that those who very well-intentioned decide to turn their back on a very good bil l because it's not

Barbara Boxer

3:41:21 to 3:41:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: their idea of perfect, i think that's an irresponsible position to find yourself in. i feel very strongly about that. there are many things about the lieberman-warner bill that i'm going to dwork

Barbara Boxer

3:41:36 to 3:41:53( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: to strengthen strength work to strength to worth to strengthen, both in committee on when it get gets to floor. but i know as long as it is a very strong bill, we need to move it forward. so we could

Barbara Boxer

3:41:53 to 3:42:04( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: hold out for the perfect, and that's very danger dangerous because thaert leads to no bill, and no bill, doing nothing about global warming in the f ace of all the science would be just very irresponsible

Barbara Boxer

3:42:04 to 3:42:19( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: irresponsible. i mean, the next thing we could do is have a bill that's very weak, and i think a very weak bill is dangerous. it's very dangerous dangerous because people will think, oh, they've

Barbara Boxer

3:42:19 to 3:42:37( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: taken care of global warming when in fact we haven't.x you may be stuck with a weak bill and you cannot strengthen it, so that's a problem too. so, it seems to me, we s could hold out for the perfect

Barbara Boxer

3:42:37 to 3:42:54( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: -- and that means no bill. we cou ld have a weak, a dangerously weak bill, this is a very bad option. ioor we could have a very good bill. and, mr. president, i will tell you, it won't be easy

Barbara Boxer

3:42:54 to 3:43:11( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: to craft that. we know that. we have people saying this bill, lieberman-warner is too weak. we heard that on the floor tonight. it's too back, i want 80% cut in 2050 and it's 65%. so, is the solution to do nothing?

Barbara Boxer

3:43:11 to 3:43:26( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: i say, no. and then you have many people on the other side, and they say this bill is too strong. it's kind of like, you know, the three bears. what's just right? well, i think what's just right

Barbara Boxer

3:43:26 to 3:43:39( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: is a very strong bill that moves us forward, that averts the real dangers of global warming, and we no what that is: sea level rise. those of us who went to greenland saw what can happen ifpe that

Barbara Boxer

3:43:39 to 3:44:00( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: sheet melts. we could see huge increases in sea level and all of us who represent costal states, and the whole country and the world will suffer. the intelligen ce community, the department of defense

Barbara Boxer

3:44:00 to 3:44:28( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: they're saying to us, with a few feet rise in sea level, you're going to have refugee problems, you're going to have every problem in the world. so, the fact is, we can't turn our backs. we had a

Barbara Boxer

3:44:28 to 3:44:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: hearing on the public health implications of unfettered global warming. the star witness was the head of the c.d.c., julie gearerding, the top dock of doc of the country. she had very strong views that

Barbara Boxer

3:44:43 to 3:45:00( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: we have to look at the public health impacts. for example , what's going to happen to our elderly when heat levels rise and they can't seek refuge? what's going to happen to our children when they're

Barbara Boxer

3:45:00 to 3:45:22( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: swimming in lakes and streams and rivers and those bodies of water are so warm that dangerous oh amoeba live in those waters; what's going to happen too them? what's going to happen to the people of

Barbara Boxer

3:45:22 to 3:45:35( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: the world when they can't get the food they need. what happened was, the white house redacted page after page of their own head of the c.d.c -- they redacted payment after payment redacted pageafter

Barbara Boxer

3:45:35 to 3:45:49( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: page of their own head of the c.d.c. and when we wrote and w asked for it, the answer came back from the white house counsel, no, we could not possibly send you this, it is a breach of executive

Barbara Boxer

3:45:49 to 3:46:04( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: privilege, and the rest. can you believe, mr. president, that the people of this country who pay the taxes of the c.d.c. employees, canno t hear wha the top doc has to say about the potential ravages

Barbara Boxer

3:46:04 to 3:46:17( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: of global warming? this is what we are facing here. yet we see signs that the people who think our bill does not go far enough are going to team up with the people who want it kill this legislation. what

Barbara Boxer

3:46:17 to 3:46:31( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: a tragedy that would be. and who loses? the people of the united states of america. these new technologiesol that are going to save us -- the ones that center sanders talked about. he talked with

Barbara Boxer

3:46:31 to 3:46:48( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: greatre passion about solar, wind, and all the rest -- you're not going to get it, folks, unless you have a bill that puts a price on carbon. if you hold out for your version of the perfect, trust

Barbara Boxer

3:46:48 to 3:46:58( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: me, it isn't going to happen. the and you give false hope it people. false hope to people. so, i would just say to my colleagues who may be listening that we have a golden opportunity in the environment

Barbara Boxer

3:46:58 to 3:47:10( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: committee. we have held more than 20 hearings on global warming, we have a bipartisan bill that we got through the subcommittee. we're working to make it better, get it through the full committee

Barbara Boxer

3:47:10 to 3:47:24( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: and on to the fheloor of the senate where we will see where people stand. we will have h amendments that range from one extreme to the other. and we will see where people stand on global warming.

Barbara Boxer

3:47:24 to 3:47:40( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: i would say to you,ou mr. president, comingt, from a state that has done so much about this already, we are late to the game. we are late to the dance. we are late to the party. but we're not too

Barbara Boxer

3:47:40 to 3:47:56( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: late. unless everybodyve stands up and says if i don't get it my way then i'll show you the highway. we have a lot of that going on already. we have a p resident who really won't talk to us about

Barbara Boxer

3:47:56 to 3:48:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: anything. g. won't talk to us about iraq or meet us halfway there. won't talk to us about schip, and won't meet us halfway. won't, won't, won't. vetoed the water resources development act. we overrode

Barbara Boxer

3:48:13 to 3:48:28( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: it, and he still never said he was wrong. it's too much of that and we in the united states senate have to show that we are adult enough to admit that the perfectct cannot be the enemy of the good,

Barbara Boxer

3:48:28 to 3:48:43( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: particularly when there is so much at stake. so, i'm excited about the work of the environment committee. i am so pleased that we had a bipartisan breakthrough. i am so grateful to all the groups out

Barbara Boxer

3:48:43 to 3:48:56( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: there who are helping us, who are giving us the courage to move forward because, believe me, special interests are going to be pounding us, pounding us pounding us. and you know,yo mr. president, wrapping

Barbara Boxer

3:48:56 to 3:49:13( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: this up, there are always people who say no to the science. there of always people who say, oh, no, h.i.v. doesn't cause aids, i don't believe it. there are always people who say cigarette smoking doesn't

Barbara Boxer

3:49:13 to 3:49:21( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: cause lung cancer. i am sure there were people who said to salk, your vaccine idea is not going to work. we have to go with the consensus view is we have it on otur side. we know we have to act. it's going

Barbara Boxer

3:49:21 to 3:49:36( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: to be an exciting time in the environment and public works committee and it's mi going to be an exciting time on the floor when this legislation comes on to the floor. i don't know exactly when that

Barbara Boxer

3:49:36 to 3:49:52( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: will happen. but it will happen. and when it does, we'll have a chance to fulfill our responsibility -- in the just it our toour generation but to our kids' generation and our grandkids and future

Barbara Boxer

3:49:52 to 3:50:07( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: generations. i see young people sitting here on the floor of the senate helping us out every day. their generation has is much at establish. i met with somedown people from the uc santa cruz. they

Barbara Boxer

3:50:07 to 3:50:23( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: will be 100% renewable energy teno run uc santa cruz and all the university campuses are going to to try and do that. so whether or not we vote here or we don't vote here, the people are way ahead

Barbara Boxer

3:50:23 to 3:50:39( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: of us. and how sad it is if we were tore walk away from this challenge. because it wasn't just right on page 102 or page 6. it's never going to be perfect, i say to my colleagues, but we have an obligation

Barbara Boxer

3:50:39 to 3:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: to come together. we did it with the clean water act years ago, the safe drichging water drinkingwater act, the endangered species act, we haspve moveded forward. we were a leader in the world. we

Barbara Boxer

3:50:51 to 3:51:03( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: are behind the world today. the world is looking to us. i'm excited about this challenge and i want to thank senator sanders for her passion, for coming down and making the case for solarnergy, making

Barbara Boxer

3:51:03 to 3:51:22( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: the case for wind energy. but i will say to him and everyone else within the sound of my voice it isn't going to happen unless this congress sets up a cap-and-trade system with it mandatory cuts in

Barbara Boxer

3:51:22 to 3:52:02( Edit History Discussion )

Barbara Boxer: carbon. it just isn't going to happen the way it should. thank you very much, senator. and than k you, senator harkin, for this time. i yield the floor. a senator: i suggest the absence of a quorum.

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