Curtis Looks for Consensus on San Juan County Lands

Curtis Looks for Consensus on San Juan County Lands

October 14, 2019

Washington, DC — Representative John Curtis (R-UT), Deputy Republican Leader of the National Parks, Forest, and Public Lands Subcommittee on the House Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement after spending a week down in San Juan County in southern Utah exploring the public lands. 

“I have often said that the best way to care for our public lands is to listen to those who visit the land the most – those who live, work, and play there. During my trip, I had the opportunity to discuss everything from preservation to broadband and recreation permitting to better school bus routes,” said Curtis. My time in San Juan County was invaluable, and only proved what I already knew. We all love our public lands, want what is best for them, and if we come together and actually listen to each other, progress will come.”

While in San Juan County:

Rep. Curtis joined a group of representatives from the Hopi tribe, including Honorable Vice Chairman Clark W. Tenakhongva, Friends of Cedar Mesa (FOCM), and Woods Canyon Archeological Consultants to learn more about the tribe’s ties to the land.

Representative Curtis spent a day on the San Juan River rafting and occasionally stopping to study ruins and other historically and spiritually significant landmarks. Accompanied by local river guides, the group discussed recreation permitting, the SOAR Act, and the way public lands legislation affects the lives of and livelihoods of those who work and play in the area.

In addition to the recreational aspects of the county, Rep. Curtis toured a uranium mill and met with employees to discuss the ways the mill contributes to the rural economy.

Rep. Curtis called a meeting with county and city elected officials in Blanding, Utah with guest Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez which resulted in plans to work together for the benefit of all San Juan County residents.

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Curtis Celebrates National Clean Energy Week With Speech on House Floor

Curtis Celebrates National Clean Energy Week With Speech on House Floor

September 26, 2019

Washington, DC— Representative John Curtis (R-UT), Deputy Republican Leader of the National Parks, Forest, and Public Lands Subcommittee on the House Natural Resources Committee, spoke on the House floor on a bipartisan resolution that he introduced with Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), US Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) marking September 23rd through September 27th as “National Clean Energy Week.” Click [HERE] to learn more about the resolution and for the extensive list of statements of support.

“I rise today to support Clean Energy Week, an opportunity to celebrate bipartisan support for the wide variety of clean energy sources strengthening America’s national security while also preserving our environment for future generations. We can work across the aisle to be better caretakers of our planet, and I plan to continue the pursuit of these positive bipartisan policies while in Congress.”

The Congressman’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

Mr. Speaker,

I rise today to support Clean Energy Week, an opportunity to celebrate bipartisan support for the wide variety of clean energy sources strengthening America’s national security while also preserving our environment for future generations.

Environmental stewardship doesn’t have to mean making economic sacrifices. Clean energy solutions and jobs are the future of the United States, with clean energy powering more homes and businesses than ever before.

The environment is, and should be, a bipartisan issue.

That is why this week I am proud to lead, with my friend Congressman Lowenthal of California, a resolution in support of congressionally supporting the designation of Clean Energy Week.

I am proud that our effort has already received the support of dozens of our colleagues in Congress in a few short days.

This goes to show that we can work across the aisle to be better caretakers of our planet, and I plan to continue the pursuit of these positive bipartisan policies while in Congress.

I yield the balance of my time.

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Reps. Curtis, Lowenthal, Sens. Collins, Cantwell Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Marking “National Clean Energy Week”

Reps. Curtis, Lowenthal, Sens. Collins, Cantwell Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Marking “National Clean Energy Week”

September 25, 2019

Washington, DC— Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) joined US Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) in introducing d a bipartisan, bicameral resolution marking today, September 23rd, through Friday, September 27th, as “National Clean Energy Week.” 

“Environmental stewardship doesn’t mean making economic sacrifices—clean energy solutions and jobs are the future of the United States with clean energy powering more homes and businesses than ever before,” said Curtis. “The environment is, and should be, a bipartisan issue; I’m proud to lead this resolution and show that my congressional colleagues are working to leave the earth better than we found it.” 

“I am honored to join my colleagues in introducing this important bipartisan resolution. Our country and the world are currently at a sink or swim moment. It is vital that we transition off carbon-intensive polluting energy sources toward clean energy alternatives as soon as possible. This will take support from industry and policymakers alike to encourage innovation and a just transition to more renewable, zero-emission, clean energy. This will not only help our environment and climate but our public health and economy as well,” said Lowenthal.

“Clean energy holds great promise in the fight against climate change and has already proven to be a driver for economic growth in Maine and across the country,” said Collins.  “This bipartisan resolution calls attention to the importance of clean energy and the importance of innovation, encourages investments in technologies that can lead to clean energy solutions, and supports local job creation.”

“By investing in clean energy technology, the United States can become more efficient and independent, all while creating new jobs,” said Cantwell. “The economy, the environment, and our energy security all depend on the investments we make in clean energy today.”

This resolution recognizes the United States’ global leadership in clean energy solutions, and encourages investments in clean and low-emission technologies. It also emphasizes that clean energy is necessary for reducing harmful pollutants and spurring economic growth.  Click [HERE]to read the text of the resolution.

Statements of Support

The bipartisan, bicameral resolution is supported by more than 120 organizations, including Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), the Alliance to Save Energy, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), the Biomass Power Association (BPA), the Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN), the U.S. Energy Storage Association, National Hydropower Association (NHA), and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). 

Utah Governor Gary Herbert

“I appreciate Rep. Curtis’s work to highlight the progress of clean energy. In Utah, we’re an “all of the above” energy state, and that includes making use of wind, solar, geothermal, and nuclear energy, alongside our traditional fossil fuels. Human ingenuity and technological development continue to make every form of energy cleaner and more efficient, and that’s worth spotlighting.” 

CRES

“The momentum continues to build for National Clean Energy Week with increased support from our nation’s governors, U.S. Senators, and Members of Congress,” said Heather Reams, executive director of CRES and chair of NCEW. “National Clean Energy Week’s organizers applaud Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Representatives John Curtis (R-UT) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) for introducing these bipartisan resolutions, which shine a light on America’s rapidly expanding clean energy sector and its indelible impact on sustaining a healthy economy and protecting national security. Reducing emissions and lowering energy costs for current and future American families should not be a partisan issue, and that’s why National Clean Energy Week is so important.”

ACORE

“The American renewable energy industry and its critical contributions to the nation’s economy and environment are worth celebrating this and every week,” said Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). “In addition to supplying Americans with clean, carbon-free power, the renewable sector supports hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs and generates billions of dollars in investment each year. It is no longer a matter of whether we get to a renewable energy economy; it’s simply a question of when.”

ASE

“National Clean Energy Week is a terrific platform to celebrate the progress we’ve made in creating a more sustainable energy economy that is providing both economic and environmental benefits,” said Jason Hartke, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. “We are excited to participate and to showcase energy efficiency as a leading solution that can deliver tremendous benefits in terms of job creation, energy security and carbon emissions reductions. 

API

“The American Petroleum Institute is pleased to again support National Clean Energy Week – an important opportunity to spotlight America as the #1 global producer of natural gas and oil and #1 in the world in reducing CO2 emissions – economic leadership that stands to benefit generations to come,” said API Vice President of Downstream and Industry Operations Frank Macchiarola. “U.S. natural gas powers more than one-third of America’s electricity needs, along with our country’s robust manufacturing resurgence, and enables increased use of renewable energy from coast to coast. Energy innovation underpins the work of the millions of Americans who support the natural gas and oil industry, and we’re excited to join with partners around the country in celebrating National Clean Energy Week.”

AWEA

“The wind industry is propelling American energy production, manufacturing, and job creation into the 21st Century,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). “We’re proud to join National Clean Energy Week this September by recognizing U.S. wind power leadership. Over 114,000 Americans across all 50 states now have wind-powered careers, and wind powers opportunity by paying over $1 billion in state and local taxes and landowner lease payments every year.”

BCSE

“The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is pleased to be part of the 2019 National Clean Energy Week. BCSE members, which include energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy companies and associations, are the backbone of the transformation that is well underway in the U.S. energy economy towards cleaner, more efficient technologies and resources,” said Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE). “This transformation over the past twenty-five years demonstrates that the deployment of a broad portfolio of clean energy solutions supports and grows the U.S. economy – delivering 3.5 million American jobs, low energy prices, greenhouse gas emissions reductions and more-resilient communities. National Clean Energy Week tells this story and highlights policies that can build on this current momentum.”

Biomass

“Biomass is a baseload, renewable energy source that contributes to rural American economies,” said Carrie Annand, Executive Director, Biomass Power Association (BPA). “Biomass power facilities provide an extra revenue stream for foresters, loggers and farmers, putting to use materials that would otherwise be landfilled, left on the forest floor, or openly burned. We look forward to National Clean Energy Week, where we will discuss policy solutions to ensure that biomass power continues to grow and reach its full potential in the United States.”

CEBN

“All across the United States, businesses are building the backbone of a growing clean energy economy. These companies are providing more reliable power to apartment complexes and hospitals, helping manufacturers save money, and innovating new technologies that will one day run our cell phones and cars on far less energy,” said Lynn Abramson, Executive Director, Clean Energy Business Network (CEBN). “During National Clean Energy Week, we look forward to demonstrating how clean energy businesses are creating jobs and making the U.S. more competitive in the global energy marketplace.”

ESA

“The U.S. Energy Storage Association is pleased to support the U.S. House and Senate resolutions celebrating National Clean Energy Week,” said Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the U.S. Energy Storage Association. “Clean and renewable energy is making a real impact today on our climate, the economy and employment, and we’re also seeing exponential growth in the storage industry. “To continue this progress, we’ve called upon Congress to include energy storage as an explicit, stand-alone criteria in the current federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Leadership from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and many states have already taken action to support storage. Inclusion by Congress in the federal ITC would put our country in the best position to guide us to a more resilient, efficient, sustainable and affordable electricity grid.”

NHA

“NHA is pleased to be a part of National Clean Energy Week, as it is the ideal platform to showcase how hydropower is helping the nation lessen its carbon footprint, create jobs and integrate other renewables onto the grid,” said Malcolm Woolf, President & CEO, National Hydropower Association (NHA). “Now more than ever, America needs the clean, renewable, flexible electricity provided by hydropower. As states around the country set goals to decarbonize their energy mix and bolster grid resiliency and reliability, it’s clear that hydropower will play a key role in achieving carbon emission reduction targets.”

SEIA

“Every day Americans choose to power their homes and businesses with clean, cost-cutting solar energy,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “More than 2 million U.S. solar installations are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and adding billions of dollars to our economy. We’re thrilled to be part of this joint effort and look forward to making the 2020s the decade of radical market transformation where more Americans get their power from solar energy.”

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Curtis Champions Bipartisan Lands Bills to “Reduce the Cost and Complexity of Recreation”

Curtis Champions Bipartisan Lands Bills to “Reduce the Cost and Complexity of Recreation”

September 21, 2019

Washington, DC— Representatives John Curtis (R-UT), Deputy Republican Leader of the National Parks, Forest, and Public Lands Subcommittee on the House Natural Resources Committee, gave the following remarks during the Natural Resources Committee hearing on the following bills: “Recreation Not Red Tape” and his own legislation, “Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act.

“Our nation has a long and proud tradition of love for the great outdoors. Outdoor recreation is deeply ingrained in the fabric of our nation, and our vast bounty of public lands offer an unparalleled array of recreation and sporting activities as diverse as our great nation,” said Curtis. “Outdoor recreation provides significant benefits to personal health and well-being and it is vitally important that we do everything we can to ensure ample access and opportunities for all Americans to enjoy recreating on our public lands.”

In July, the Congressman and Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) introduced the SOAR Act, legislation that would make outdoor recreation more accessible to everyone by streamlining the permitting process for outfitters, educational organizations, and community groups. For more information, click here.

Background

The Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation (SOAR) Act is supported by a broad coalition of organizations, including for-profit outfitters and guides, non-profit outfitters and guides, university recreation programs, and volunteer-based clubs. For a full list of endorsements, click here.

The SOAR Act streamlines and improves the recreational permitting process for federal agencies by:

  • Improving the process for issuing recreation permits by directing the agencies to eliminate duplicative processes, reduce costs, shorten processing times and simplify environmental review;
  • Increasing flexibility for outfitters, guides and other outdoor leaders by allowing them to engage in activities that are substantially similar to the activity specified in their permit;
  • Making more recreation opportunities available by directing the agencies to offer more short-term permits and create a program for sharing unused permit service days between permit holders;
  • Increasing system transparency by directing agencies to notify the public when new recreation permits are available and requiring the agencies to provide timely responses to permit applicants;
  • Simplifying the permitting process for trips involving more than one land management agency by authorizing the agencies to issue a single joint permit covering the lands of multiple agencies;
  • Reducing permit fees and cost recovery expenses for small businesses and organizations by excluding certain revenue from permit fee calculations and establishing a simple 50-hour cost recovery fee exemption for permit processing;
  • Providing new protections for Forest Service permit holders by recognizing seasonal demand fluctuations and waiving permit use reviews in extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the permit holder (wildfire, etc.);
  • Helping control liability insurance costs for permit holders by allowing them to use liability release forms with their clients; and
  • Reducing barriers to access for state universities, city recreation departments, and school districts by waiving the permit indemnification requirement for entities that are prohibited from providing indemnification under state law.  

The Congressman’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery:

“I want to thank Chair Haaland for convening this hearing today.  We have before us two bills that have been crafted through extensive bipartisan collaboration.  I am especially pleased to see the inclusion of H.R. 3879, the Simplifying Outdoor Access for Recreation Act, which is a bill that I am very proud to have introduced with Chair Haaland. I believe this bill, along with H.R. 3458, the Recreation Not Red Tape Act, sponsored by Ranking Republican Bishop, reflect the type of legislative solutions that are possible when we put aside partisan posturing and we work together.

Our nation has a long and proud tradition of love for the great outdoors. Outdoor recreation is deeply ingrained in the fabric of our nation, and our vast bounty of public lands offer an unparalleled array of recreation and sporting activities as diverse as our great nation.

I have the privilege of representing the 3rd Congressional District of Utah, which is home to some of the most breathtaking public lands in the country. With three of my counties exceeding 90 percent public ownership, maintaining recreational opportunities and access to these lands is vitally important to Utahns, and also for the many visitors we host every year.   

Unfortunately, outdoor recreational opportunities are not easily accessible to many Americans. In recent decades, population growth and urbanization has forced millions of Americans to traverse miles of crowded highways to access the great outdoors. Moreover, recreating on our nation’s public lands often requires special permits, parking passes, and payment of fees that, while important to help maintain our public lands, too often involve confusing, cumbersome, and costly processes.

Both of the bills before us today will reduce the cost and complexity of recreation on federal lands. 

The SOAR Act provides expanded access to outdoor recreation by improving our federal outfitter and guide permitting systems. This bill increases flexibility, simplifies processes, and improves fee collection and cost recovery. The provisions contained in this bill will improve outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans, while easing unnecessary burdens and delays in the permitting process used by outfitters and guides. The SOAR is the culmination of years of stakeholder outreach and bipartisan conversations, which is reflected in the overwhelming support it has garnered from a wide spectrum of outdoor recreation and sportsmen’s communities. I’d like to ask unanimous consent to submit for the record a letter of support and thanks from the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, with a coalition of 28 members representing more than 50,000 businesses from the outdoor community, addressed to myself and Ms. Haaland for working together on this bill. 

The second bill before us today would similarly enhance outdoor recreation opportunities and allow for more Americans to get outdoors. This bill will remove barriers to outdoor recreation, streamline the permitting process for guides and recreationists, empower state outdoor recreation efforts, reduce burdensome costs associated recreation permits and hold federal agencies accountable for making outdoor recreation a priority. 

Outdoor recreation provides significant benefits to personal health and well-being and it is vitally important that we do everything we can to ensure ample access and opportunities for all Americans to enjoy recreating on our public lands. The two bills before us today will most assuredly advance that shared objective that transcends party lines. I want to thank the witnesses for being here today, and I look forward to hearing their testimony. Thank you, and I yield back.”

The full bill text is available HERE.

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Curtis Fights to Protect Taiwan from Foreign Political Abuse

Curtis Fights to Protect Taiwan from Foreign Political Abuse

September 20, 2019

Washington, DC— Last week, Representative John Curtis (R-UT), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, continued his efforts to protect Taiwan from foreign political adversaries by joining a group of his bipartisan colleagues to introduce the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention (TRAP) Act. The legislation addresses politically-motivated abuse of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) by autocracies. He also led a bipartisan letter with 46 of his colleagues to US Attorney General William Barr and Secretary Pompeo regarding Taiwan’s lack of participation in Interpol. [SEE HERE].

“Autocratic countries like Russia and China have abused Interpol databases and processes for political and other unlawful purposes, such as intimidating, harassing, and persecuting political opponents, journalists, members of civil society, and non-pliant members of the business community. Additionally, China flat out refuses to let Taiwan participate in Interpol and other international organizations,” said Curtis. “This letter will prompt the Administration to engage in a new strategy to combat China’s refusal to allow Taiwan to gain observer status in Interpol and the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention (TRAP) Act will protect the US judicial system from the influence of abusive INTERPOL notices.”

The TRAP Act:

Most notoriously, Russia has abused Interpol systems such as Notice and Diffusion mechanisms and the Stolen and Lost Document Database for political and other unlawful purposes, harassing and intimidating those who stand opposed to Vladimir Putin. Similarly, China has admitted to attempting to use Interpol to bypass the lack of an extradition treaty with the U.S. to demand the return of perceived political criminals.

The TRAP Act will:

  • Establish priorities for the U.S. in responding to INTERPOL abuse and promoting reform within INTERPOL;
  • Identify areas for improvement in the U.S. government’s response to INTERPOL abuse; and
  • Protect the U.S. judicial system from the influence of abusive INTERPOL notices.

Original co-sponsors of the legislation include Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-09), Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08), Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), Rep. Marc Veasey (TX-33), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Rep. Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).

Background on INTERPOL Letter:

Public Law 114-139 directs the President to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in the International Criminal Police Organization. Since it was enacted in 2016, the law has required the U.S. to seek observer membership of Interpol for Taiwan. This includes:

  • Taiwan’s relations with Interpol should not be blocked by the People’s Republic of China.
  • Taiwan deserves Interpol observer membership on its merits: it is a mature and law-abiding democracy, with effective and honest judicial and police systems.
  • By participating as an observer in Interpol, Taiwan will be able to play an effective role in the international police cooperation that Interpol exists to foster.

The letter will prompt a new strategy for the Administration to fulfill the intent of Congress as enacted in law in 2016: creating a draft agreement for how the Criminal Investigation Bureau can assist Interpol, securing support for this draft agreement with other Interpol nations, and presenting this draft agreement to the Executive Committee before the General Assembly Meeting.

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Rep. Curtis Advocates for Alaska Natives on House Floor with Repeated Interruptions by Democratic Colleagues

Rep. Curtis Advocates for Alaska Natives on House Floor with Repeated Interruptions by Democratic Colleagues

September 16, 2019

Washington, DC—Representative John Curtis (R-UT), Deputy Republican Leader of the National Parks, Forest, and Public Lands Subcommittee on the House Natural Resources Committee, spoke on the House floor opposing HR 1146 and in support of a Motion to Recommit. 

HR 1146 would end energy development in a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska, originally opened in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill is opposed by the entire Alaska Congressional delegation, Governor, and local Alaska Native population.

By not allowing development of this land, which a majority of Alaskans support, the United States would increase energy dependence on foreign adversaries, like China and Russia. The Motion to Recommit, offered by Representative Curtis, would “delay enactment until the President certifies that the bill will not result in a net increase of Russian oil and gas imports to the United States.”

“How is it we’re here considering a bill that has been opposed by every member of the Alaskan delegation since 1980? Not just the Alaskan delegation, but every governor of Alaska since 1980, and even the gubernatorial candidates last year: two Republicans, an Independent, and a Democrat oppose this bill.

I hear the term “science denier” tossed around, but I ask you who is denying science the most? Those who ignore the 85% of the carbon coming from outside the U.S. or those who think impacting .01% of ANWR will destroy the environment of Alaska.”

The Congressman’s full remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

Mr. Speaker, we’re all familiar with the famous line from Thomas Jefferson, “The government closest to the people serves the people best.”

So how is it we’re here considering a bill that has been opposed by every member of the Alaskan delegation since 1980? Not just the Alaskan delegation, but every governor of Alaska since 1980, and even the gubernatorial candidates last year: two Republicans, an Independent, and a Democrat oppose this bill.

This week, many of my friends across the aisle sought to protect “their” coastlines by banning offshore energy development. They know what’s best in their states. Apparently, this same standard of local control does not apply to Mr. Young, who is the only person in this body elected by the residents of Alaska.

Not only is this bill is opposed by the entire Alaska delegation, it’s opposed by the local Alaska Native population and written without consultation with the local Alaska Natives.

As the member of Congress who represents Bears Ears National Monument, I hear from my colleagues all the time about the importance of Native American consultation—and they’re right.

However, with local Alaska Native opposition to this bill and no consultation with them, this seems like a double standard.

In fact, just three days ago, I sat in a hearing where BLM was criticized for not working with the Native population. They held 11 formal sessions and 7 listening sessions with tribal leaders. Unless my colleagues took 18 trips to Alaska I am unaware of, we’re working with a double standard.

Those of you from states with small federal ownership have a difficult time understanding what it’s like to be from a state or county with has over 90% federal ownership. Imagine being a local elected official: maintaining roads, police, fires, sewers, parks, etc. when only 10% of your property generates property tax.

At the end of the day, Mr. Young and the Arctic Inupiat, not the rest of us, should be determining the fate of Alaska.

I’ve heard the argument that this development will contribute to climate change.

Really? I’m listening. This is one Republican that believes the climate is changing and man is influencing it. But I’m baffled why so many of you are willing to give a free pass to a human rights violating dictator in China and simultaneously deny the right of the Native Alaskans to have a living off the land.

If we were serious about climate change, I’ve got an idea for you. Let’s take all-natural gas from Anwar that currently is going back into the ground and send it to China and India to replace coal their coal. You may smirk, but that one action alone would reduce more global emissions than implementing the entire Green New Deal.

I hear the term “science denier” tossed around, but I ask you who is denying science the most? Those who ignore the 85% of the carbon coming from outside the U.S. or those who think impacting .01% of ANWR will destroy the environment of Alaska.

When the other side is ready to fight climate change with real solutions, Republicans stand at the ready with real ideas. This is not one of them.

To start, my friend Mr. Walden, and his colleagues on Energy and Commerce seem to create a new bill each day that would truly help prevent the causes and impacts of climate change.

This Motion to Recommit will prevent the bill from taking effect until the President certifies that it will not result in a net increase of Russian oil and gas imports into the United States.

The answer to climate change is not making the U.S. more reliant on foreign fossil fuels. A vote for this MTR is a vote to support local Alaska Natives, and a vote against this MTR is a vote for Russian oil interest.

I urge support of the Motion to Recommit. I yield the balance of my time.”

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