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National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BARTLETT. Thank you very much for yielding.

In the late seventies and early eighties, I was a land developer and homebuilder, among other things I was involved in. And I built 41 houses in one subdivision that used direct solar.

Direct solar simply means that you're using the sunlight directly without having it differentially warm the air so that you get wind blowing or turning a wind machine or it's shining on some solar panels that produce electricity.

You can use direct solar for a couple of different things. One is space warming. You simply have a lot of gas on the south side of the house and design it open so the air flows through it, or you can use it for lighting. There is no better light. Any building that's on the top floor, you don't need any windows on the side; you need windows on the top to let light in. It's an enormous energy saver. It's a very efficient use of light. I have no idea why every building shouldn't incorporate direct solar as much.

Thank you, sir, for your amendment. I urge its adoption.


Mr. BARTLETT. Currently, 189,000 acres of land under control of the Bureau of Land Management adjacent to the Marine Corps Ground Air Combat Center, Twenty-Nine Palms, California, is designated by the 1980 California Desert Conservation Plan as an off-highway vehicle recreation area.

The Marine Corps wants to acquire most of this land, 160,000 acres to 189,000, including the Johnson Valley area, most heavily used for recreation.

Currently, only 2 percent of the California desert is open for motorized off-highway vehicle recreation use with half of this 2 percent being in the Johnson Valley area. The recreational community use of Johnson Valley brings in over $70 million per year to the local economy. The recreational community includes rock hounds, off-highway vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, campers, hikers, birdwatchers, turtlewatchers, model-airplane groups, and the commercial movie industry.

The Marine Corps has been working very closely with the recreational community in the Bureau of Land Management to find a compromise that's acceptable to all parties. My amendment simply codifies an ongoing process, recognizing the intent of the Marine Corps to submit a report to the Congress recommending the accommodation of the interest of the stakeholders.

I do not believe there's any opposition to this amendment. Indeed, the Marine Corps helped to write these talking points. The Congresspersons who do have districts close enough to be materially affected by this are not opposed to this amendment.

If there's no overt opposition to the amendment, I am prepared to yield back the balance of my time.

I yield back the balance of my time.


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