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There are new developments to tell you about in the proposed keystone XL oil pipeline a bipartisan bill has just been introduced in the senate.
That would give congress the power to approve the project that would link Canada's oil -- with refineries and ports in Texas.
The five point three billion dollar pot pipeline has become a major controversy.
Protesting the project since day one proponents say.
It would bolster energy independence in this country and create thousands of jobs.
Joining us now to senators behind the bill Democrat Max Baucus of Montana a member of the senate environment and public works committee.
Also Republican John -- of North Dakota a member of the senate energy -- I'm sorry senate committee on energy and natural resources welcome to both revealed.
This is not just Canadian oil we're talking about both of the both of you represented states.
That have the -- oil formation and oil from Montana and North Dakota would flow through this thing as well correct.
That's right John.
As skater Elvis also.
North Dakota Montana oil that -- be it.
Loaded onto the pipeline -- -- -- so.
And 100000 barrels a day into the pipeline.
So senator baucus is why are we not building this thing yesterday.
We should have been building yesterday we should have been building that warrior -- your -- this has been studied for a long time now it's all about jobs.
This pipelines can create jobs.
And running the program running the pipeline.
And manufacturing jobs and it's high time as we -- I might say to that.
The State Department to serve four times committed to environmental thumbs up state -- four times -- -- -- -- environment that you have been built an economic.
The other route has been approved Nebraska was the last state that had some concerns they have signed on the studies have been done.
It's basically just means the president's blessing right senator open.
The last -- and we actually passed legislation to approve the project wants the president turned it down on the bases he wanted to rerouted through Nebraska.
We've met that requirement.
As senator baucus is -- it's been almost five years I spoke with the president yesterday he says well he's still maybe gonna take the -- -- this year to make a decision.
So we put bipartisan legislation forward.
We've got a lot of support for -- -- -- to get the project going there is similar bipartisan legislation coming out of that house as we understand it.
I read that when the president met with some Republican members of the house on Wednesday he expressed concerns that this job wouldn't this.
This this bill the pipeline wouldn't create as many jobs.
As proponents have suggested how would you answer that senator baucus.
Well it's going to create a lot of jobs thousands of jobs I don't.
Because we're getting the -- whether it's 101000 jobs or fifteen -- -- is gonna create jobs.
Therefore it should be built.
And also provides.
Energy security for our country for North America this is a no brainer this should be built and I hope the president proves it.
Well the president.
Some observers have said is afraid of angering.
His most liberal supporters who like his green energy platforms and so forth he doesn't want to offend them.
We're told -- signing into law pipeline that's gonna burn petroleum senator rove and how do you answer that criticism.
Well the fourth environmental review just -- -- -- his own State Department and its -- there are no significant environmental impacts with the project.
And in fact there will be less greenhouse gas emissions -- the projects built.
Then -- it's not -- Furthermore in a recent poll over 70%.
Of Americans said we want this project so all of those issues have been addressed.
We'll see what the president decides he says he's gonna.
And wait maybe until summer I guess decide on this thing.
Senator baucus senator -- joined by we should mention twelve other senators of both parties on this legislation thank you for joining us today.
Good thanks John thanks a lot.
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