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Our next guest says new EPA regulations could lead to the shutdown of the last two plants in the United States is still manufacture.
-- -- a critical raw material used in the manufacturing of -- joining us congressman Bill Johnson member of the house natural resources committee good to have you with us.
-- -- of -- sort of the EPA.
Right now -- don't they understand how important it is -- for this country to preserve its steel industry.
While obviously not Lou and you know we've only got two remaining manganese producing facilities in America one album is in Marietta Ohio one -- over across the river in West Virginia.
And as you mentioned it's -- require raw material and steel manufacturing and if we can't get that -- mature material here.
We're going to have to get it from places like like China.
I don't know about you.
But but I have very serious national security issues.
-- having to buy.
From from China.
-- -- -- C on foreign producer so all sorts of products would certainly steel.
As a matter -- I broke the story.
Thirty years ago about the first use.
Japanese steel in US warships is the first time it ever happen.
We have a -- since -- which so many of materials are now are brought in from overseas our dependency is -- minutes is.
A lawyer and it is very much so you know today.
One of the reasons why you hear of the the energy industry talking about we can't stand up a nuclear.
In less than ten years it's it's not because of -- even the permitting problem.
Or or technology the problem is we don't manufacture -- the -- grade and type of steel.
To -- a nuclear reactor here in America and and and to provide that same.
Type of steel to our defense industry we have them by -- overseas and there's a serious backlog from countries like Japan -- -- That make that type of steel.
We need to be able to to to make to manufacture our -- -- here in America and shut down these manganese -- is just simply not the right way to go.
Interior secretary Ken Salazar.
Announced the approval of more natural gas opening -- gas wells.
Can you talk.
Is this the beginning of something -- would do you know what motivated.
The administration is this election year conversion.
What what's going on.
Well you know that did.
It remains to be seen whether this is -- sincere effort on the part of the administration to let us go after our own natural resources.
Or just some kind of ploy to to -- and pacify us the truth is is that production of oil.
On federal -- decreased last year by 11%.
So when the president is out saying that we're drilling everywhere.
-- the drilling everywhere that he's talking about is occurring on Friday it plans it is certainly not occurring on now on federal land so.
Will wait and see I mean it's it's certainly a move in the right direction but I think it's way too early to to give the administration credit because they're trying to block -- In every other sense.
Congress and it's great to have you with us congressman bill -- thank -- Thank you very much --