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Canada’s Trump Strategy: Go Around Him

The New York Times

June 23, 2017

As President Trump disrupts alliances across the map, nearly every level of government in Canada has taken on new duties in a quietly audacious campaign to cajole, contain and if necessary coerce the Americans.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy for managing Mr. Trump is unlike anything tried by another ally. And he has largely succeeded where even experienced leaders like Angela Merkel of Germany have fallen short.

More than perhaps any other country, Canada relies on the United States, which accounts for 70 percent of its trade. Its sizable manufacturing industry is tightly integrated with American production, meaning even a slight hardening of the border or prolonged trade negotiations could put its economy at risk.

Laid in the first days after Mr. Trump’s election win, the plan even enlists Brian Mulroney, a former Conservative prime minister and political nemesis of Mr. Trudeau’s father, who had also been prime minister. Mr. Mulroney knows Mr. Trump and his commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, from social circuits in southern Florida, where all three keep vacation homes.

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Trump team issues permit for long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline

Omaha World-Herald

March 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration issued a permit Friday to build the Keystone XL pipeline, reversing the conclusion of the Obama administration and clearing the way for the $8 billion project to finally be completed.

The decision caps a years-long fight between environmental groups and energy industry advocates over the pipeline’s fate that became a proxy battle over global warming. It marks one of the biggest steps taken to date by the Trump administration to prioritize economic development over environmental concerns.

The 1,700-mile pipeline, as envisioned, would carry oil from tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast, passing through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

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Ports-to-Plains Alliance Statement on Denial of Keystone XL Permit

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance is disappointed in President Obama’s rejection of TransCanada’s permit application for the Keystone XL Pipeline.  The project would have provided a key link to safely and efficiently transport oil from a stable and friendly supplier in Alberta, as well as domestic oil from the Bakken, to refineries in Texas.  It would generate new tax revenue for rural entities throughout the region.  It would also create new jobs, not only directly in the construction of the pipeline, but through energy industry and support jobs created by improved market access.

We do agree with the President when he said that Keystone XL had taken on “an overinflated role” in the country’s political discourse.  Since TransCanada applied for the Presidential permit in 2008, almost 10,000 miles of oil pipelines have been constructed in the United States – the equivalent of eight Keystone XL pipelines.  Pipelines are undoubtedly safe and efficient.  It is unfortunate that political discourse is preventing Americans and our largest trade partner, Canada, from taking advantage of the great economic benefits of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


U.S. President Barack Obama has rejected TransCanada’s application to build the Keystone XL pipeline

“TransCanada and its shippers remain absolutely committed to building this important energy infrastructure project. We will review our options to potentially file a new application for border-crossing authority to ship our customer’s crude oil, and will now analyze the stated rationale for the denial.” —Russ Girling, chief executive, TransCanada

Edmonton Journal

November 6, 2015

Obama said the Keystone pipeline would “not serve the national interests” of the U.S., adding that the project had an overly inflated role in the political discourse between both countries.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was disappointed but understood the decision, Obama said.

“While he expressed his disappointment, given Canada’s position on this issue, we both agreed that our close friendship on a whole range of issues — including energy and climate change — should provide the basis for an even closer co-ordination between our countries going forward,” Obama said at the White House after meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry.

Obama gave 3 main reasons for rejecting the pipeline:

  1. The pipeline would not make a “meaningful, long-term” contribution to the American economy. He said an infrastructure plan would create more jobs in the short-term and benefit the economy more in the long term than Keystone XL.
  2. The pipeline would not lower gas prices for American consumers, which are down a dollar per gallon over 2 years ago.
  3. Shipping “dirtier crude oil” into the United States wouldn’t increase American’s energy security.

Killing the pipeline allows Obama to claim aggressive action on the environment, potentially strengthening his hand as world leaders prepare to finalize major global climate pact within weeks that Obama hopes will be a crowning jewel for his legacy. Yet it also puts the president in a direct confrontation with Republicans and energy advocates that will almost surely spill over into the 2016 presidential election.   Read on…


Ewart: New prime minister, same old Keystone XL debate

Edmonton Journal

October 21, 2015

The more politicians make the point that relations between Canada and the United States go well beyond Keystone XL it reinforces just how much of a lightning rod the contentious oil pipeline project is on both sides of the border.

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister-designate after Monday’s federal election, has pledged to repair what he’s described as the frayed relationship between the world’s largest trading partners that emerged between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama amid energy and environmental issues.

Harper, an unabashed cheerleader for the 830,000-barrel-a-day pipeline, famously said White House approval of Keystone XL was a “no-brainer” and that he wasn’t prepared to “take no for an answer” given Canada’s dependence on oil exports.

Trudeau accused him of “haranguing” Obama on the issue.

To be fair, Conservatives and Republicans blame Obama for the strained relations.   Read on…


TransCanada responds to latest Keystone XL pipeline hurdle …TransCanada’s response is exactly on target 

TransCanada noted, “When we filed our original application in 2008, the price of oil was less than $40 per barrel and no one suggested that Keystone XL was not economic then.”

“Suggesting that the drop in oil prices requires a re-evaluation of the environmental impact of the project is just another attempt to prolong the KXL review,” Finkel said.

Click here for complete article> The Bakken

After the U.S. Senate last week joined the House in a bipartisan effort to pass bills approving the Keystone XL pipeline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this week introduced a new wrinkle that could further delay the project.

A Feb. 2 letter to the U.S. Department of State from Cynthia Giles, EPA assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance, said the project needed further review because of low oil prices, the potential for increased greenhouse gas emissions and pipeline routing issues...


Main Street, Montana: Small Towns Pray for Keystone XL Pipeline

The commissioners believe the Keystone XL could snap that trend, and they are hardly alone in Montana. The pipeline would part the prairie in six counties, and every one has already endorsed the project. One commissioner calls it a “God-send.” Another struggles to come up with single person in his area that opposed the line, which isn’t as hyperbolic as it might sound. TransCanada has signed easements with every landowner on the pipeline’s proposed path through Montana and South Dakota, according to Bud Anderson, TransCanada’s stakeholder relations representative in those states. Nebraska still has cork in the bottle, he said, but the rest of the Northern Plains is all fizz.

In McCone County the tax jackpot would be worth a Montana-high $18 million, according to the state. In other words, TransCanada would instantly become Circle’s largest taxpayer, doubling the base in year one, and flooding the prairie with thousands of new jobs, according to the Obama administration.

Click here for complete article > NBC News

Sally Hickok wasn’t planning to spend money on Main Street, even if it was Garage Sale day in this small town on the eastern prairie. The 56-year-old judge had no need for a used prom dress or a second-hand porta potty. But once inside the community center, she started chatting with neighbors, who were selling the town’s junk for charity—and she walked out with six half-empty bottles of colored nail polish.

She can’t exactly say why, but it isn’t so complicated: there’s just something different about shopping on Main Street, that wide and inviting roadbed that seems to run through the marrow of America. It’s a place where you don’t just run errands, you create community. And if you are anything like Sally Hickok, you buy that old toe paint because it’s the neighborly thing to do.

The Main Street in Circle is a classic small town commercial strip, one that just so happens to be further from a Starbucks store than any other Main Street in America. But more to the point of what Main Street means today—the subject of a special project by NBC News—Circle is in the middle of not only a local fight for survival, but an explosive debate over the future habitability of the planet. (Yes, the planet)….


Ports-to-Plains Alliance Visits Capitol Hill

Ports-to-Plains Alliance

May 6, 2014

Members of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance made their annual trip to Washington D.C. last week to meet with legislators to discuss transportation issues including shortfalls in the Highway Trust Fund, reauthorization of the transportation authorization act MAP-21, which expires Sept. 30 of this year, and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Alliance members urged Congress to adequately fund the Highway Trust Fund to at least sustain the current levels of spending and ideally find revenues for increased levels of transportation funding. Ports-to-Plains Alliance members told Congress they support elected officials who make the tough decisions to raise revenues necessary for an enhanced federal transportation program. Ports-to-Plains support of increased revenue contingent on fair treatment of funding for rural corridors.

Alliance members also expressed their strong support for the Keystone XL pipeline project and encouraged the Presidential Permit needed for construction to begin. The Alliance believes this pipeline is in the best interest of our nation, as it is critical to our country’s efforts to create jobs, reduce our dependence on Middle East and Venezuelan oil, by increasing our access to supplies from Canada, our neighbor and loyal ally, as well as domestic supplies from the Bakken Formation of Montana and North Dakota.

Alliance members attending the meetings in Washington D.C. included: Mary Ballantyne, Washington, DC; Coby Beckner, Clayton, NM; John Bertsch, Plainview, TX; Wilson Bowling, Kimball, NE; Chris Cornell, San Angelo, TX; Deb Cottier, Chadron, NE; David Dorward, Edmonton, AB; John Friess, Sonora, TX; Beverly Haggard, Lamar, CO; David Manning, Washington, D.C.; Dwain Morrison, San Angelo, TX; Milton Pax, Dumas, TX; Gaynelle Riffe, Stratford, TX; Jack Schenendorf; Washington, DC; Cindy Turner, Hot Springs, SD; and Ports-to-Plains Alliance staff members, Michael Reeves and Duffy Hinkle, both of Lubbock, TX; Joe Kiely, Limon, CO; and Cal Klewin, Bowman, ND.

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance, based in Lubbock, Texas, is a non-profit, non-partisan, community-driven advocacy group led by mayors, councilpersons, economic development officials, business and other opinion leaders from a nine-state economic development corridor between Texas, and Alberta, Canada. The Ports-to-Plains Alliance 2300-mile Corridor consists of the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor, Heartland Expressway, and Theodore Roosevelt Expressway.