Yesterday the pipeline company Kinder Morgan announced that they’re suspending all non-essential work on their proposed expansion of the Trans-Mountain pipeline.
That pipeline has been quietly and safely taking oil from Alberta to B.C. for the better part of a hundred years. Now Kinder Morgan proposes to expand and modernize it — and their proposal was approved by the non-partisan National Energy Board, after a lengthy public consultation and review.
But various legal and illegal attempts to block it, from the B.C. NDP — and from U.S.-funded anti-oilsands extremists, and the inaction by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals — well, Kinder Morgan has had enough of that.
Even this weekend, U.S.-funded protesters were breaking a court injunction, and trespassing on Kinder Morgan property, without Trudeau lifting a finger — the RCMP have been ordered to stand down and not enforce the law.
So Kinder Morgan said they’re turning off the spending. They will make a final decision on whether to kill the deal on May 31.
And Jim Carr, Trudeau's energy minister — whose chief of staff used to run the Sierra’ Club’s anti-oilsands campaign — held a press conference, to say he’s going to monitor things, but that “all options are on the table.”
By which he meant, of course: He had no clue.
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's reaction was even worse:
A kooky idea to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan. Right. Nationalize it, Venezuelan style.
I’ve been telling you for three years that the Kinder Morgan expansion will never happen.
But there is one thing that can be done now:
Repeal the carbon tax.
Notley and Trudeau claimed a carbon would buy “social licence” — that if Alberta punished itself by taxing its own oil, that would somehow make environmental extremists agree to a pipeline.
I never believed it for a second. But now we know that didn't work.
NEXT: Aaron Wudrick, the Federal Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, joins me to talk about my idea about repealing the carbon tax in light of Kinder Morgan's decision, and also about Notley's proposal to nationalize the pipeline.
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