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-- following president Obama's far reaching plan to fight climate change our guest is sponsoring a new bill.
Aimed at expanding offshore energy production be offshore energy and jobs act seeks to remove federal government barriers.
That block production of our own US energy resources.
President Obama's effectively reimposed an offshore drilling moratorium.
And impose the -- plan that -- 85% of our offshore areas off limits to energy production.
The new bill details plans to expand drilling off the coast of California eastern states as -- -- Gulf of Mexico.
Creating more than a million new American jobs and lowering energy prices.
And growing our economy joining us -- congressman Doc Hastings -- -- house committee on natural resources he's also a member of the oversight and Government Reform Committee so.
Welcomes you congressmen I'd love to talk environment -- And IRS they'll start with your but the billiards sponsoring -- this option are killing off of but off of our coastline here.
White House vote tomorrow so what do you think what you think the outcome will be and why shouldn't it passed.
I believe it'll -- and and frankly I believe it'll pass on a bipartisan basis.
We had several bills dealing with this issue in the last congress and it has bipartisan support and I suspect this -- to.
But whatever he does -- is he recognizes that we have tremendous -- is under federal control whether you're talking offshore on federal lands.
And for us not to utilize those resources when we have -- economy that is growing very slowly.
If we can be become more energy -- independent over over time creating American jobs.
And being more secure because we have energy being created within our our area I think that's a winner all the -- along that's the reason for the bill.
I mean that's the goal but the environmental concerns seem to carry a lot of weight.
I'd expect to counter -- Well.
Also in this bill by the way we put in we codified.
Of the the triple and that was in place during the BP spill.
I think that's an important and in course with that comes more scrutiny so.
I reject the notion that this is not environmentally friendly at all because.
But what we will do in this legislation.
Is to make sure that there is certainty as to what the regulations are if I heard it was -- a number of times.
You know from those that are being regulated.
Tell us what the regulations are we will comply with them.
And so we do is we codified -- recommendations from the BP spill commission as to -- in the -- who oversees offshore drilling.
So earlier this week the president -- speech on climate emissions controls raised a lot of eyebrows because a lot of people -- interpreted as his war on coal.
And call also is a huge economic driver his country -- continues to be the number one source of electricity.
In our country.
What's your take on that and what do you think the outcome should be with regard to call.
On the tonight we have such an abundance of coal in this country it is foolish of us not to utilize that -- that resource.
It but I'm I'm in favor of all of all of the above energy.
I believe we should have -- I believe we should have have -- I believe we should have nuclear.
I I'm in favor of all of that but the president with the president is trying to do is to pick winners and losers and there's no question from my point of view.
That he is -- conducting a war on -- pretty specific to me.
Meantime coal exports set a monthly record in March so it's almost as if it's okay to export mostly Asian countries.
Let -- -- Whitney pollution if you will but it's not good enough call produce energy for us in the United States.
At that -- doesn't it.
Well -- -- that's one of the ironies because our technology here is we burn coal much more cleanly than they do overseas.
An end in for him to.
Suggest that we that we should not have any coal plants here just ships that product someplace else -- it's probably not going to be utilized.
And as environmentally well as we do here so that but keep in mind he's trying to pick winners and losers slender cut comes to mind.
In picking winners and losers.
Congressman let me -- that you got -- the latest on the IRS obviously heard the ways and means testimony today with the congressman you know costing this is rubbish and getting rid of it on house oversight committee which you -- a member of meets tomorrow morning 9 AM slowest -- obviously made headlines thing I did nothing wrong but then proceeded to take if it and then it you will decide whether or not -- ask her back.
For testimony what would you like the outcome on this -- Well.
Essentially when she testified may 22 she made a statement and then as senator her fifth amendment rights.
I think that's really contrary to what the fit with the Fifth Amendment is and so we'll have a resolution saying that when she made a statement.
Before she assert her rights and she waived her fifth amendment's rights will we will have a resolution.
And I suspect that it'll pass and then -- give us a whole lot of options we can call her back.
Because -- may 22 committee meeting was recess it wasn't adjourned.
There's a lot of options available but this is the first step.
To simply say that he waived by her statement her Fifth Amendment rights and we will we will put that in a resolution and then go from there.
Aren't we will be watching that as well as -- -- the vote the house boats -- your ability offshore energy and -- -- thank you so much congressman Doc Hastings for being our guest tonight.
My pleasure thank you very.
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