Statements and Speeches

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, attended the hearing, "Yellowstone River Oil Spill Oversight." For more information or to watch a webcast of the hearing, click here. A copy of Sen. Carper's remarks, as prepared for delivery, follows:

"The spills in the Yellowstone River and in the Gulf of Mexico are just two terrible reminders of the consequences of our nation's addiction to oil. In fact, our country saw six different oil spills in the past year – damaging our natural environment and many people's way of life.

"Today, I hope we can discuss what steps we all can take to ensure future spills are prevented and contained. But the underlying problem – our country's dependence on oil – is what I hope this Committee will discuss in the weeks to come.

"I truly believe our oil dependence is a threat to our economic, environmental and national security. That is why I joined Senators Merkley, Tom Udall and Bennet in introducing legislation that lays out a plan to achieve American oil independence by 2030. Our plan targets the transportation sector, which drives America's oil dependence, since nearly 30 percent of our oil is burned for transportation.

"I bring this up today because, in this same room tomorrow, we'll hold a hearing to discuss the future of American transportation. I support a transportation bill that aims at making our transportation system more efficient and less oil-dependent – a bill that incentivizes options such as passenger rail and mass transit, walking, biking, and moving traffic more efficiently on our highways. We know how to accomplish this, but I believe it has to start with a national goal to reduce oil consumption from transportation.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues in the next few weeks to make that a reality in the transportation reauthorization bill. I believe we must start this country down an oil-free path today in order to avoid more tragedies like this spill tomorrow."