This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," August 31, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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BILL O'REILLY, HOST: In the "Personal Story" segment tonight: Actress/environmentalist Daryl Hannah arrested yesterday in front of the White House. Ms. Hannah has -- was -- I should say part of a group protesting a planned oil pipeline from northern Canada to the Gulf Coast of the U.S.A. Unlike America, Canada is aggressively developing their oil reserves. Ms. Hannah was cited for failure to obey a lawful order and paid a $100 fine, and she joins us now from Washington. So it's an interesting story. This pipeline that's up now stems from Albert, Canada to Oklahoma. And it's been running for about a year, a little bit more than a year.
DARYL HANNAH, ACTRESS/ACTIVIST: That's right.
O'REILLY: And now they want to extend it from Oklahoma to the Gulf and you and your group, you are real upset. Why are you upset?
HANNAH: Well, the Keystone one, which I believe you are referring to, has had 12 spills in 12 months. And this pipeline is proposed to go all the way to the Gulf of Mexico through family farms, through ranches and over our most precious, fresh water aquifer that supplies water for 20 million people and for a third of the nation's most rich farm lands and ranch lands. And it's just not a wise thing, aside from the fact that the tar sands is just recognized as one of the world's largest ecological atrocities.
O'REILLY: OK, so you're -- you say it's risky. But it does provide about 12 percent of our oil we get from Canada. The State Department -- and it's interesting. You're running up against Hillary Clinton and President Obama. It's you Daryl Hannah against Hillary Clinton…
O'REILLY: …and President Obama. And here's why. Here's why. Because the State Department has to OK it, and they are going to. And President Obama is going to sign it because it is…
HANNAH: He hasn't said that yet.
O'REILLY: No, he hasn't. And you're absolutely correct. But here is why he has to, has to. Because it's a job creator. It's a job, a big job creator. He can't not create jobs and say…
HANNAH: Well, you know what else creates job? True energy independence. Freedom from fossil fuels creates jobs.
O'REILLY: But we don't have that, Ms. Hannah.
HANNAH: We don't have it because we're not doing it. We need to have it. We can have it. For example, some the largest solar communities are on military bases. There is a town in Missouri that runs on wind power.
O'REILLY: All true.
HANNAH: This is the way we get true energy independence, freedom from fossil fuels.
O'REILLY: And I want that as much as you do. I really want that as much you do. I don't want to be dependent on oil or fossil fuels.
HANNAH: Yes, nice, Bill. That's right.
O'REILLY: Ninety percent of my audience wants it, Ms. Hannah. You've got to admit…
HANNAH: Exactly and that's -- that's why -- that's why actually thousands of people are out there demonstrating in front of the White House.