|00:00:00||THE NEXT GENERATION.|
|00:00:02||MARY ANN LARSON IS GOING TO BE PART OF THE NEXT GENERATION THAT'S GOING TO BE ASKING, DID WE DO ENOUGH?|
|00:00:08||AND THE QUESTION I HAVE TONIGHT THAT I'D LIKE TO POSE IS, WHEN WILL WE SEE ENOUGH DAMAGE TO SAY, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.|
|00:00:17||HOW MANY OIL SPILLS DO WE NEED BEFORE WE TAKE DECISIVE ACTION TO END OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOSSIL FUELS.|
|00:00:24||JUST LAST WEEK, PROBABLY NOT HEARD, BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON THE B.|
|00:00:29||P. OIL SPILL, BUT LAST WEEK, WE SAW YET ANOTHER SPILL IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH.|
|00:00:37||ANY OIL SPILL IS ONE TOO MANY AND THE ERA OF OUR PLANET BEING CONSTANTLY CONTAMINATED BY CRUDE OIL MUST COME TO AN END.|
|00:00:46||THE PREVENTABLE ACCIDENT IN THE GULF CLAIMED 11 LIVES, AS WE KNOW, TRAGICALLY, AND IS NOW THE WORST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER IN THIS COUNTRY'S HISTORY AND THE BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP THAT WE HAVE EVER UNDERTAKEN.|
|00:00:59||IT SERVED AS A TERRIBLE REMINDER OF OUR COUNTRY'S DANGEROUS DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.|
|00:01:05||AS LONG AS WE REMAIN ADDICTED TO THAT OIL, BOTH FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC, SPILLS ARE INEVITABLE.|
|00:01:11||AND THE QUESTION WE'VE GOT TO ASK OURSELVES, HOW MANY MORE DO WE WANT TO SOMEHOW LIVE WITH.|
|00:01:16||LIVE WITH THE DAMAGE TO OUR ECOSYSTEM, LIVE WITH THE DAMAGE TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE AFFLICTED BY IT.|
|00:01:23||THE JOBS THAT ARE LOST, THE TOURISM THAT IS LOST.|
|00:01:27||THEY'VE BEEN WITH US FOR OVER A CENTURY, THESE OIL SPILLS, AND THEY'LL BE WITH US FOR CENTURIES MORE UNLESS WE BREAK THAT ADDICTION TO OIL.|
|00:01:36||WE MUST REPLACE OIL AND OUR ENERGY SUPPLY WITH CLEAN FUEL AND IT'S RIGHT HERE.|
|00:01:41||WE HAVE IT.|
|00:01:42||WE KNOW WHAT IT IS.|
|00:01:43||YOU'VE POINTED TO SOME OF THEM IN THAT CHART.|
|00:01:47||AND THE STUNNING FIGURE THAT I JUST HEARD THAT I'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT, MR.|
|00:01:52||GARAMENDI IS THAT BY JUST RETROFITTING 75,000 HOMES IN THIS COUNTRY WE WOULD SAVE THE EQUIVALENT OF ALL THE OIL THAT HAS SPEWED INTO THE GULF BY B.|
|00:02:07||P. JUST RETROFITTING 75,000 HOMES.|
|00:02:10||NOW, WE HAVE PASSED IN THIS HOUSE LEGISLATION, THE HOMES BILL, WHICH WILL SPUR THE RETROFITTING OF 3.|
|00:02:20||3 MILLION HOMES AND CREATE OVER 600,000 JOBS.|
|00:02:24||THE ENERGY SAVED FROM THESE RETROFIT, IF THE SENATE PASSES THAT MEASURE, WOULD SAVE MORE THAN 44 TIMES THE WASTED ENERGY FLOATING IN THE GULF.|
|00:02:35||AND IT WOULD DO SO AT 1/40TH OF THE COST.|
|00:02:42||GARAMENDI: THAT'S VERY, VERY INTERESTING AND IF I RECALL THE VOTE, WHEN THAT WAS ON THE FLOOR, THE REPUBLICANS VOTED|
Ms. SPEIER. Thank you, Congressman Garamendi, and thank you for your leadership in this area and for recognizing the next generation. Marianne Larson will be part of that next generation that is going to be asking the question: Did we do enough? The question I have tonight that I would like to pose is when will we see enough damage to say enough is enough. How many oil spills do we need before we take decisive action to end our dependence on fossil fuels? Just last week, probably not heard because we have been focused on the BP oil spill, but last week we saw yet another spill in Salt Lake City, Utah. Any oil spill is one too many, and the era of our planet being constantly contaminated by crude oil must come to an end.
The preventable accident in the gulf claimed 11 lives, tragically, and is now the worst environmental disaster in this country's history, and the biggest environmental cleanup that we have ever undertaken. It serves as a terrible reminder of our country's dangerous dependence on foreign oil. As long as we remain addicted to that oil, foreign and domestic, spills are inevitable. The question we have to ask ourselves: How [Page: H4584] many more do we want to somehow live with? Live with the damage to our ecosystem, live with the damage to the people that are afflicted by it, the jobs that are lost, the tourism that is lost. They have been with us for over a century, these oil spills, and they will be with us for centuries more unless we break that addiction to oil.
[Time: 18:45] We must replace oil in our energy supply with clean fuel. And it's right here. We have it. We know what it is. You pointed to some of them in that chart. And the stunning figure that I just heard that I would like to share with you tonight, Mr. Garamendi, is that, by just retrofitting 75,000 homes in this country, we would save the equivalent of all the oil that has spewed into the gulf by BP. Just retrofitting 75,000 homes.
Now, we have passed in this House legislation, the Home Star bill, which will spur the retrofitting of 3.3 million homes and create over 600,000 jobs. The energy saved from these retrofits, if the Senate passes that measure, would save more than 44 times the wasted energy floating in the gulf and would do so at one-fortieth of the cost.