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On has our -- -- in the entire decade of energy many claim if we had drilled in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge nearly ten years ago.
Not only would gas and will be booming but jobs and revenue to my next guest is one of them Republican senators.
Pounds from Alaska she knows a thing or two about energy she joins me now senator thanks for helping us out tonight.
Usually it's do you say it's time to revisit and -- house so.
With past -- it is.
Past time when we talk about while we do as a nation to increase their domestic production.
We need to look -- If you think about the opportunities that we have -- that we have passed back.
In the past couple of decades to tap into that reservoir.
-- -- at ten and beyond and barrel -- and could provide for our energy needs in this country if we had opened that and more.
When congress passed it -- to -- that we would have over a million barrels per day.
Coming into the United States from the state of Alaska domestic production.
It went currently now getting from Saudi Arabia we could have done it we failed to do it and it's never too late to start we need to start.
Well you know interesting if not it's not a huge amount of property that we're talking about either it's about 2008 years in the -- -- 2000 acres and we should mention of -- math of it.
Get we eat when you look at at this this small small area up north -- 1002 area.
It is a non wilderness area this is area that -- been designated by law.
For exploration and production is not part of the -- it is not part of the wilderness.
-- it was congressionally designated.
To tap into that pretty incredible -- -- -- -- let's talk about jobs because that's a big issue in this country and this would have been a blessing when it comes to jobs.
Well it would not only be jobs for Alaska -- it would be jobs for people all over the country in terms of of manufacturing in the opportunities there.
But we're also talking about revenues -- nation that is fifteen trillion dollars in debt.
We talking about close to 800 billion dollars in revenues that could be generating.
From the proceeds coming.
So it's jobs.
Its revenues and it's -- resource.
That this country needs.
So instead of going tin cup in hand to Saudi Arabia and saying please can you increase your production.
Why are we not doing it up north.
-- around 80% of people in Alaska say yes do it we know that we can tap -- this resource we know we can do it in an environmentally responsible way.
We know that we needed so let's make it happen.
-- -- well past time senator you know the president himself yesterday in a speech said it's time to drill more here at home.
-- lot -- here's our opportunity here is our continued just turn your eyes -- an art.
This is where we have -- sitting and coincidentally.
It is it is less -- hundred miles from our existing.
The 800 -- trans Alaska pipeline that has been supplying.
-- -- to the lower 48 states for the past thirty years and dealing sell in an environmentally sound way we don't need presidential approval to get this pipeline -- But if we don't get that pipeline.
Feel that -- -- -- he's asking him if we don't get filled up.
You're going to see an -- That that is is is is -- it.
Wait till nine -- a lot of things.
Wasted not a news and -- and a real detriment to this country so there's so many different reasons.
And we shouldn't move done -- yesterday senate -- those people that frankly not gonna make a difference at the price of oil today to open again Martin.
If you have that kind of an attitude we're never gonna get -- we never going to tender are pleased that we're making the same mistake over and over again.
When it comes to TransCanada pipeline now we can't do this.
Doesn't make any sense to do it seems likely make the same mistake over and over again that we are not gonna thrilled we're not gonna.
Use our own resource is pretty sad.
Short -- Where is our vision where is our energy policy that says we as a nation can be more in -- key.
Independent less dependent on others.
We -- is our vision here so shortsighted when we say we can't tap into our own resources we can't look to our.
Our northern neighbor and best trading partner Canada.
We need to take half a vision.
For energy in this country that says.
Find more of what we have and then use less pretty simple policy pretty straightforward but it puts us on the net cash.
And it's certainly is a better path towards energy security as well as in their -- Murkowski could have -- a better myself.
Fascinating conversation thanks for coming on tonight and that it was a really great insight looking back -- and mart today especially thank you can't they.