|00:00:00||ABOUT OUR RELIANCE ON OIL?|
|00:00:03||THE AMOUNT OF OIL THAT HAS SPILLED IN THE GULF SINCE ITS INCEPTION IS 65,000 BARRELS A DAY, UP FROM 1,000 BARRELS.|
|00:00:14||DO YOU REALIZE THAT IF WE HAD RETROFITTED 100,000 HOMES IN THIS COUNTRY IT WOULD EQUAL THE AMOUNT OF OIL THAT'S BEEN SPILLED INTO THE GULF DURING THIS TIME.|
|00:00:25||I SAY TO LL OF US IT'S TIME TO TAKE DECISIVE ACTION.|
|00:00:30||IT'S TIME TO RID OURSELVES ON OUR DEPENDENCE ON OIL.|
|00:00:33||WE CAN DO SO BY EMBRACING THE HOME STAR PROGRAM THAT THE HOUSE HAS ALREADY PASSED AND REALLY WHAT WE SHOULD DO IS ASK B.|
|00:00:41||P. TO PUT INTO AN ESCROW ACCOUNT $6 BILLION, AND WITH $6 BILLION, DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO?|
|00:00:47||WE CAN RETROFIT OVER THREE MILLION HOMES IN AMERICA.|
|00:00:51||AND BY THE WAY, WE CAN PUT TO WORK 160,000 AMERICANS.|
|00:00:56||I YIELD BACK.|
|00:01:01||THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: THE GENTLELADY YIELDS BACK THE BALANCE OF HER TIME.|
|00:01:05||FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM INDIANA RISE?|
Ms. SPEIER. Madam Speaker, I have one question: What's it going to take? How many more oil spills do we have to endure before we're going to do something decisive about ending our reliance on oil? The amount of oil that has been spilled in the gulf since its inception is about 60,000 barrels per day we're now finding out, up from 1,000 barrels per day. Do you realize that if we had retrofitted 75,000 homes in this country, it would equal the amount of oil that has been spilled into the gulf during this time.
I say to all of us, it is time to take decisive action. It is time to rid ourselves of our dependence on oil. We can do so by embracing the Home Star program that the House has already passed. And maybe what we should do is ask BP to put into an escrow account $6 billion. And with $6 billion, do you know what we can do? We can retrofit over 3 million homes in America. And by the way, we can put to work 160,000 Americans.