Political risks of Keystone Pipeline decision
U.S. missing out on creating 100,000 jobs?
- Duration 4:30
- Date Jan 24, 2012
U.S. missing out on creating 100,000 jobs?
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It was only days after the White House torpedo the Keystone Pipeline project -- President Obama will call later tonight.
For an increase in US energy production.
My next guest says the keystone project would have treated thousands of new jobs and develop that very energy.
I Cathy McMorris Rogers vice -- House Republican Conference serves on the houses.
Commerce committee good morning to you.
Good morning bells -- -- be -- yeah this is right up your rally you sent a letter to the White House about a month ago I do believe about keystone.
Asking specific questions have you heard back.
Not yet and unfortunately the president said that he didn't have enough time.
To make -- decision on keystone.
On the Keystone Pipeline it's a very important project for American energy production this is this is a project that has bipartisan support.
That the State Department has been looking at it for three years on average they take about a year and a half maybe two years they've had -- time.
And it's if he could be up to a 100000 jobs here in America.
That are desperately needed at it at a time when.
We needed to be putting Americans back to work the president unfortunately is saying no to American energy and a -- to American jobs and it's the wrong answer.
That you think a 100000 jobs that's a lot higher than I've heard.
I'm very glad that number.
Well there's there's a lot of potential -- jobs that are are directly.
Related to the building of the pipeline and then there's also the secondary jobs that come with a project like that and you know and just last week.
The president's jobs council it was it's interesting this is a group of CEOs that are.
Brought into the White House to advise the president on how to create jobs.
They recommended an all in.
Energy strategy for America and to say yes not just in Green energy but to oil to gas to.
Colts they said it was very important -- yet the administration is an idea president isn't listening to his own job and he.
-- -- this appeal about increased energy production tonight.
How do you believe that squares with the keystone call.
-- I think it's it it it he doesn't understand what it's going to take.
Just you know he -- start saying yes to American energy and unfortunately he hasn't we have an example here.
Of two different approaches one is a keystone economy where's the private sector.
Developing American energy verses this a lot of drug economy where -- the federal government deciding.
Who's going to get the money who's going to be a who's going to get the money for investment and it's a really contrast in approach and I believe the private sector is the way.
To get this economy going start saying yes to American energy and -- it's a win win four American do you think Republicans have made these points.
I mean I think -- -- not going to be ability and -- you know gasoline around Memorial Day and I needed it every year it seems -- you through this guy.
Is the -- -- is back we're looking at five dollar gasoline that there is political -- by the White House making this decision.
I I this the wrong decision by the White House look at the fact that when President Obama was inaugurated gas prices where.
Dollar seventy -- dollar eighty today there about you know 360.
On average we've seen a dramatic increasing gas prices.
Americans are concerned about our dependence on foreign oil.
Propping up dangerous.
Dictator ships around the world whether it's.
Venezuela whether it's the Middle East and it's and it's -- Americans want.
An energy plan for America they want -- to start saying yes to American energy start putting together a plan to make his energy independent we have tremendous resource is.
Let's let's start developing those resources of the Jersey fifth in the -- it's an easy thing for the white house of explain why Canada's -- it worked with the Chinese now.
I that it has very tough.
It's very tough for that the president for President Obama to explain his decision on this pipeline.
Yeah he at one point he said well that the Republicans getting give you enough time because we only -- we said in one he he needed to make a decision in sixty days after he said three years.
Well he made the decision on day 26 he needed more time he -- had a little bit more time.
We're gonna keep pushing them on this we're going to keep.
Putting this issue out forward and hopefully he will say yes to -- rules American and -- that's the headline -- can't in the words Rodgers thank you for your time today.
Thank you good news.