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American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT OF 2009 -- (House of Representatives - June 26, 2009)


Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. I thank the distinguished chairman.

Mr. Speaker, it has been an interesting day in listening to the claims that have emanated from the other side of the aisle, claims about honesty, claims about being forthright. The President of the previous administration, President Bush, stood on the floor and claimed our addiction to oil, and everybody put their head in the sand and did nothing as we continued to send and export American dollars overseas.

We send American taxpayer dollars overseas to Russia, to Saudi Arabia, to Libya, to Venezuela, all the people that you have chimed in about today. That's the real tax that we are paying because of our increasing addiction and our need to stand up and rid ourselves of dependency on foreign soil.

So the challenge faces us once again--it was here 30 years ago, and we didn't have the courage to make the stand, nor the patriotic fervor or fiber to stand up and do the right thing.

Stop this addiction. If T. Boone Pickens can get out front across this country and talk about this awful addiction, and, as Thomas Friedman said very eloquently, if the American policy of the previous administration is to ``leave no mullah behind'' and find our funds that we pay with American taxpayers going to fund our enemies' efforts against our own troops in our efforts against terrorism, that is what this is about in the final analysis. It's about this great country of ours and making a stand for what we believe in, standing up for American dominance and superiority.

Yes, the Chinese and Indian nations are out there competing. We want to compete against them because we have better technology. We just have to make the investment here and not in Saudi Arabia and Libya and Venezuela and Russia. That's what the policy of previous administrations have led us to. And that's where it must end today, on this floor.


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