(House of Representatives - April 25, 2013)

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  (Mr. WELCH asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. WELCH. Mr. Speaker, climate change, in my view, is real, it's 
urgent, and we must make progress or ignore it at our peril. But 
whether we agree or disagree, whether you're a climate change believer 
or denier, there are things that we can do together for the benefit of 
the environment and the economy.
  We can focus the debate on energy efficiency; we can save money 
through making our homes and buildings more energy efficient; we can 
put people back to work and buy American products; and, in the process, 
we can cut down on harmful carbon emissions and make progress on 
climate change and strengthen our economy.
  That is why I've joined with my friend from West Virginia, David 
McKinley, in introducing the Energy Savings and Industrial 
Competitiveness Act, which proposes practical solutions to bolster 
energy efficiency. This bill will speed our transition to a more energy 
efficient economy--increasing America's economic competitiveness in 
energy security--and build jobs.
  By finding areas where we actually do agree and working together, we 
can make progress on the environment and on the economy.