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Senate Proceeding on Mar 10th, 2011 :: 2:39:55 to 2:43:14
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John Thune

2:39:50 to 2:39:55( Edit History Discussion )

John Thune: and they do nothing to reduce the cost for ordinary americans.

John Ensign

2:39:55 to 2:43:14( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John Ensign

John Ensign

2:39:56 to 2:40:16( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: 10 billion barrels in anwr up in alaska mean that drilling -- means that not drilling is not an option. anwr is roughly the size of south carolina, but drilling in anwr will only be about the size of mccarran airport in the

John Ensign

2:40:17 to 2:40:37( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: city of las vegas. so about 2,000 acres out of the size of south carolina. if you had a map here, it literally would be a dot on a huge map. that's how tiny of an area that we have to disturb to get this 10 billion barrels of oil out of anwr. we will -- and we can -- well,

John Ensign

2:40:38 to 2:41:00( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: and we can even access anwr during the winter months, drive out on ice roads that are six-feet thick and then in the spring when everything starts to melt and the animals need to come out for their breeding in the springtime, we can take all of those things, cap the wells, take all of the equipment off and let nature take its course in the summer months.

John Ensign

2:41:01 to 2:41:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: we will, additionally, at least 40 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the national petroleum reserve -- alaska -- and i hope i'm pronouncing this right, in the chukrhi area can replace crude imports in the

John Ensign

2:41:23 to 2:41:43( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: persian gulf for nearly 65 years. let me repeat that. alaska -- new oil in alaska can rewhat we import -- are we place what we import from the persian gulf for the next 65 years. if that's not in the interest of america, our national security interests and our national

John Ensign

2:41:44 to 2:42:04( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: economic interests, i don't know what is. and i bet you that's a statistic that the obama administration would rather keep hidden. as a matter of fact, they are keeping it hidden, because the e.p.a. is blocking the ability of americans to go in and get

John Ensign

2:42:05 to 2:42:25( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: those oil and natural gas reserves. well also in louisiana, drilling for natural gas in hanesville shale estimated in an estimated $5.7 billion for louisiana residents in 2009 and it creates over 50,000 jobs. i mention this because going

John Ensign

2:42:26 to 2:42:46( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: after energy in american -- going after american energy produces american jobs, and -- and i think everybody in this chamber agrees that we need american jobs today. well now we're finding that there are more reserves located in central louisiana and south mississippi, and they may

John Ensign

2:42:47 to 2:43:08( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: contain 7 billion more barrels of natural gas. but we've also found many natural gas reserves in the rest of the country. shale reserves in pennsylvania and ohio, in new york and oklahoma and west virginia could provide us literally with billions and billions of more

John Ensign

2:43:09 to 2:43:22( Edit History Discussion )

John Ensign: barrels of natural gas. yet in the midst of this abundance, the administration has strapped down these reserves

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