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Tried to be turning in Washington regarding the Keystone Pipeline seventeen Democrats voting in favor now of the plan.
Six of them changing their minds to support it.
Our next guest also supports the pipeline Ohio congressman Bill Johnson is a Republican and a member of the house energy and commerce committee -- congress -- The morning -- are you I'm well so has the tide shifted in Washington and are we close to seeing the Keystone Pipeline become a reality.
Well we certainly hope so you know the smoke by the senate is is important.
And two weeks ago the president when it came over to visit with us and the Republican led house.
He acknowledged that the environmental concerns over the keystone XL pipeline have been.
There's no reason why this project should not go forward it's the right thing to do for America's energy independence and security.
70% of Americans say that that we need to do this.
Well tell us a little bit more about that meeting with President Obama because that seems to hold the key to the future where it was a closed door meeting so.
We've relied on reports from those inside and what we've heard -- the president expressed.
To main concerns primarily that.
That it wouldn't produces many of full time jobs.
As previously promised and that much of the oil would likely be deported did he talk about those things.
Well well he did and you know that's the same president that said that you know since he came into office that we've had decreases in the deficit every year also so we're not really sure.
I'll quit what kind of calculator the president is using to determine deficits -- job creation trans Canada has estimated there are going to be.
Putting about seven billion dollars into the construction of this pipeline that's going to create.
Direct jobs estimates are over a 100000.
And direct jobs.
And as far as the oil being exported you know it's going to transport -- over 800000.
Barrels of oil a day from a friendly neighbor.
That's over half the amount that that we import.
From the Middle East.
And it's going to be refined it and America respond -- American refineries.
And and we're going to be sending that oil and selling it to friendly countries instead of it going to China.
Who's trying to compete.
For for our jobs right here at home.
So there there's a lot of reasons why this is the right thing do -- and those issues were expressed to the president when he came to visit with us.
Yet you know -- congress in the numbers for how many jobs -- create have been fluctuating.
According to the latest report that we just got this morning from the keystone XL dot com website -- in itself they said 9000 permanent.
Jobs and and you know environmental -- say is that enough.
To guarantee the safety of this thing of course I have to tell you they worry about the -- a fire that somehow this pipeline could end up.
Polluting -- shallow water table beneath it are you confident that they had to its safe.
I I I am certainly confident of that and the president even acknowledged when he came to visit with us again.
He said that the environmental concerns had been overstated.
And you know I'm certain that that opponents.
Of a fossil fuels and -- -- -- fossil fuels.
Would use any argument that they -- and and arguing about you know how many jobs are going to be created the issue is.
We've got an opportunity here to create.
Of new jobs.
-- that's not a small number the labor organizations are behind this effort.
Over 70% of Americans are behind this effort -- states through which the pipeline is going to run is behind this effort.
It seems the only person now that the senate has approved it the only person that's standing in the way is the -- the United States and I'm hoping that he sees -- reason to go forward.
Let me just back up what you just said about the American public supporting it in our latest Fox News poll.
We asked about the keystone pipeline and the number had gone up from when we asked months ago it is now at.
70% perhaps we can show you this 70% of registered voters now say yes they do support the Keystone Pipeline.
That's opposed to a year ago basically -- it was 67% so the -- -- -- be shifting in terms of public support going up.
As well so basically the president you know on in Wall Street Journal today was pointed out that the president's position.
Has evolved on something is big is gay marriage he said that you know he now feels differently than he did in his first term do you think now that he's in his second term his position will -- -- On the Keystone Pipeline as well.
Well I certainly hope so you know he has said numerous times.
That he's in favor of and all of the above energy policy -- his.
Or an energy vision.
In the EPA and the Department of the Interior and the Department of Energy would indicate otherwise because the the agencies that fall under his.
Direct control have not been supportive.
All of a -- all of the above energy vision.
But but he has an opportunity here to do what the American people have asked him to do what the senate has now confirmed as the right thing to do.
Let's move forward with creating American jobs moving America closer to energy independence and security and making us less reliable -- Middle Eastern oil.
Congress and Will Johnson thanks so much for coming at your perspective.
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