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SAFE CLIMATE CAUCUS
(House of Representatives - April 17, 2013)

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                          SAFE CLIMATE CAUCUS

  (Mrs. CAPPS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute.)
  Mrs. CAPPS. Madam Speaker, earlier today, the Energy and Commerce 
Committee passed, for the third time in 2 years, a bill to force 
approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
  I voted against the bill for many reasons, but chief among them is 
the fact that it doubles down on a dead-end oil-based energy policy 
that is hurting our economy, hurting our environment and our health.
  Burning fossil fuels is a primary cause of climate change, and we 
simply can't afford to continue down this destructive path. It makes 
far more sense to focus on developing the clean, renewable energy 
technologies that we all know we're going to need down the road. 
Developing these technologies will create quality long-term jobs that 
can't be shipped overseas. It's good for business; it's good for our 
planet; and it's good for our national security.
  There's no reason we can't put aside our differences and take action 
to promote a clean energy future. It's what our constituents sent us 
here to do.
  Our window of opportunity is rapidly closing. The time to act is now.

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