Press release: Senator discusses Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act, Kagan nomination and clean energy legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with radio reporters today about the Environment and Public Works Committee mark up of The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010. He also discussed the national effort to encourage volunteerism in New Mexico’s communities and gave comments on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings on the Nomination of Elena Kagan to be the next Supreme Court Justice. To listen to the audio, click here.

Below is a time key of Senator Udall’s remarks:

00:00 – Udall opens the conversation by giving brief remarks in remembrance of Senator Robert Byrd, who passed away early Monday morning. He also discussed tomorrow’s upcoming EPW Committee mark up of The Big Oil Bailout Prevention Liability Act of 2010. In addition, Udall offers comments on the confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan to be the next Supreme Court Justice and encourages New Mexicans to get involved in their local communities by volunteering.

05:40 – Notes Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s broad range of experience as the hearings on her nomination continue.

06:49 – Gives his opinion on the recent Supreme Court decision reaffirming Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms.

10:38 – Comments on the strategy in Afghanistan as confirmation hearings for General David Petraeus get underway on Capitol Hill.

12:00 – Reiterates importance of having a reliable partner in Afghanistan for the current strategy to work.

13:00 – Responds to a question about imposing sanctions on Iran.

14:50 – Talks about the importance of investing in clean, renewable energies to help reduce America’s dependence on oil. Highlights the work being done in New Mexico to open up new opportunities for renewable energy technologies.

17:04 – Discusses the need to put a price on carbon in order to transition to a clean energy economy and create jobs.