Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke this morning on the House floor in support of her bill, H.R. 3221, New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act. Below are her remarks as prepared:
'My colleagues, today we are faced with a momentous decision on energy and global warming.
'Will we turn toward the future, for the sake of our children and our planet? Or will we remain mired in the disputes and regional differences that have so often prevented the Congress from adopting new, innovative approaches to our energy needs?
'With this bill, the 'New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act,' Congress can indeed take our nation in a New Direction.
'Energy independence is a national security issue, an environmental and health issue, an economic issue, and a moral issue.
'As it says in the Bible, 'To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship, to ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.'
'This is the moment when we can make a decision in favor of the future, while ministering to the needs of God's creation.
'Ten committees have been hard at work for months to develop this legislation, and I salute the leadership of our Chairmen. These committees have held extensive hearings and markups. The Appropriations Committee has also highlighted sustainable energy and global warming in their bills.
'As a result, almost every Member of Congress has had the opportunity to participate in this process. With broad input, and a commitment to the future, Congress has created this bill with four principles in mind. We must strengthen our national security by reducing our dependence on foreign oil; lower energy costs with greater efficiency, cleaner energy, and smarter technology; create new and good-paying American jobs; and reduce global warming.
'And we must do it all in a fiscally sound way.
'To fund these key investments in our future, we have demanded greater accountability to the taxpayer from oil and gas companies that drill on federal land.
'This bill makes the largest investment in homegrown biofuels in American history. We know that
'This bill will send our energy dollars to middle America and coast to coast, not the
'This bill promotes cleaner and more efficient means of transportation, including alternative fuel buses and ferries and hybrid locomotives for hauling goods around the country.
'With the energy efficiency provisions in this legislation, we will lower costs for American consumers and businesses in key areas, such as electricity, home heating, and cooling - saving Americans more than $300 billion.
'With these energy efficiency measures, we will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 10.4 billion tons through 2030, more than the annual emissions of all the cars on the road in
'This bill is essential to developing renewable energy sources in
'As we address energy independence and global warming with innovation and market-based solutions, we will grow our economy and create good paying jobs - including 'green-collar' jobs.
'The consequences of global warming will be as local as our neighborhoods, and as broad as our entire planet. So too must our solutions be both local and global.
'This bill lays out specific steps the Administration should take for the
'Here at home, the federal government should lead by example. This bill requires the federal government to become carbon-neutral by the year 2050, and lays out a number of specific measures that will assist our government to achieve that goal.
'States and local communities need to know how to plan for the global warming that is already underway. This bill reorganizes the federal climate change research, so every locality has information it needs to prepare.
'The legislation we debate today is just the ambitious first phase in what will be a series of revolutionary actions for energy independence. But it is a very serious first step that honors God's creation - our planet, and creates a better world for our children.
'With confidence in American ingenuity and faith in our future, today we can declare a New Direction in our energy policy - one for our future generations. I urge my colleagues to do just that by supporting this bill.'