Dec 21 2016

Such A (Neo)Liberal!

Before you head for the Northern Border because they have the young, pretty, and (Neo)Liberal Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, you ought to give it a closer look.

Trudeau Touts Trump’s Support for KXL, Sparking Fears of Pipeline Resurrection
by Nika Knight, Common Dream
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s support for the Keystone XL pipeline to an audience of business leaders and oil company executives in Calgary, Alberta—the heart of Canada’s oil industry—on Wednesday.

“He actually brought up Keystone XL and indicated that he was very supportive of it,” Trudeau told members of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce of his conversation with Trump after the election, according to Reuters. “I will work with the new administration when it gets sworn in […] I’m confident that the right decisions will be taken.”

Trump has repeatedly and vocally expressed support for Keystone XL, among many other fossil fuel projects.

During his talk in Calgary, Trudeau also characterized as a “major win” for workers his administration’s approval last month of the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and Enbridge’s Line 3 project.

(Environmentalists, on the other hand, characterized the approval of two additional tar sands pipeline projects as a “betrayal” of Trudeau’s campaign promises to fight climate change.)

“Keystone XL would imperil countless communities as well as our climate, and President Obama was absolutely right in finally rejecting it last year,” said Oil Change International’s David Turnbull to Common Dreams. “The movement to stop Keystone is one of the most inspiring and powerful collections of landowners, ranchers, Native Americans, and concerned citizens all across the county that we’ve ever seen. If Trump tries undo President Obama’s wise decision, this movement won’t be standing idly by. In other words: Bring it on.”

“It’s not clear that the market conditions even support a re-application from [Keystone XL owner] TransCanada,” Turnbull added, echoing recent news reports, “but if Keystone XL is ever proposed again, the massive and sustained opposition to its approval will be like nothing we’ve seen. One only need to look to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s inspiring opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline for a taste of what’s to come.”

It’s not any kind of win at all for workers, the construction jobs are short lived at best and certainly not there in the quantities proponents promise.

But, as Turnbull says, Tar Sands Oil costs upwards of $70 a Barrel and is economically unsustainable at any price less than that. Buy high and sell low is a recipe for losing money, and lots of it.

Oh, and if you want to support actual Canadian Liberals try Bloc Québécois and the New Democratic Party.

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