The State Department makes the decision based on a completed application. How can you call this a completed application when it’s a pipeline to nowhere?
CAVUTO: So, if you had a completed application, let’s say you did.
CAVUTO: The president would have no reason to stop this. There would be -- even though environmentalists were then and are now still upset about this thing, he would have gone ahead and done it, regardless of their wrath?
SCHWEITZER: I can’t tell you what the president would or would not have done.
I can’t speak for the president. I can tell you that we have permitted it in Montana, and I am a huge supporter.
CAVUTO: I understand that, Governor, but you know the popular media - - and if you’re saying it’s wrong, it’s wrong -- are saying that this was all a go, this plan, and Nebraska notwithstanding, was all a go, and at the last second, it was the White House that pulled the rug out from it.
You are saying that is not true?
SCHWEITZER: That’s again the cart before the horse, because you do not have a completed application until you have a complete pipeline. This pipelines runs to the Nebraska border, and then it just dumps the oil on the prairie? That’s not the way you do a pipeline application. I know.
CAVUTO: So you’re hanging this on Nebraska and not Washington?
SCHWEITZER: It’s Nebraska.
CAVUTO: All right, because the folks in Nebraska claim otherwise. I don’t know why, but they do.
SCHWEITZER: Well, why did they call a special session and shut down the pipeline? Ask the people of Nebraska. They’ll tell its six more months minimum because they able to offer a route and a permit.
CAVUTO: All right, we will watch closely.
But, Governor, it’s always a pleasure. Thank you very much.
SCHWEITZER: Good visiting with you.
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