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Keystone XL pipeline a hot topic at Hensarling 'town hall' in J'ville


POSTED: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 9:14pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:27am

Mike Hathorn has land in Wells that has been in his family since the early 1900s.

He's been in and out of court for the past 3 years battling Transcanada's controversial pipeline that will run through his property.

"We cannot use the property.  We cannot take nothing over that pipeline bigger than a 4 wheeler.  And this is logging woods, this is timberland," Hathorn said.

So Hathorn showed up at the Norman Activity Center in Jacksonville on Thursday to take part in a town hall meeting with District 5 Congressman Jeb Hensarling to get some answers in hopes to help others out.

Hensalring supports the pipeline project.

"Imminent domain should be used sparingly and rarely...but it is critical at a time when people in East Texas have seen their gas prices doubled," Hensalring said.

Hensarling says there's always legitimate concerns about safety and environmental quality. 

"I wish that we could somehow telepathically send the energy through the ether but that's not how it works," Hensarling said.

Aside from Transcanada, many of the questions from the audience related to the ever-increasing national debt.

Hensarling had the growing number displayed on a screen behind him throughout the meeting.

"No nation ever spent, taxed, or bailed out its way to economic prosperity," Hensarling tells KETK.

Another question from the audience -- Why can't we cut down on foreign aid?

Hensarling agreed, saying he doesn't know why we're paying countries to hate us when many do it for free.

But he says reducing the foreign aid would actually make an insignificant impact on the national debt.


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Hensarling, supported by AIPAC has little to fear from his constituents. His real fear is the loss of Jewish campaign money should the federal reserve be held to an accounting.

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