North Dakota is a pretty big oil-producing state these days, due to the fracking of shale oil.
Now let me turn my eye to South Dakota.
They love building pipelines in South Dakota — they’re like the opposite of us here in Canada. So they love being next to North Dakota. They’re not jealous like we are in Canada, where Quebec likes to take equalization payments but doesn’t like to take the actual oil.
The Standing Rock Indian reservation straddles the border of the two states. That’s where there were enormous protests during the Obama years trying to block a key pipeline called the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Thousands of protesters camped out for weeks, with Obama’s full support. He cancelled a pipeline that was a done deal, by allowing these violent protesters to stop it. It’s like Trudeau, really.
Remember when our friend Phelim McAleer actually went there? Total lawlessness, obviously funded by professional environmentalist groups. Most protesters weren’t from South Dakota or North Dakota, most weren’t Aboriginal.
And then Trump won the election. In his first week in office, he signed an executive order clearing those hippies out of the way, proceeding with the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
So that pipeline got built immediately. It was operational by June of 2017, and has allowed North Dakota to become as big as an OPEC country.
But let me tell you something I learned about South Dakota today: Bill 189, proposed by their new Republican governor, named Kristi Noem. It reads in part:
"An Act to establish a fund to receive civil recoveries to offset costs incurred by riot boosting, to make a continuous appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.”
"Riot boosting"? What’s that mean?
... a person is liable for riot boosting (...) if the person:
Participates in any riot and directs, advises, encourages, or solicits any other person participating in the riot to acts of force or violence;
Does not personally participate in any riot but directs, advises, encourages, or solicits other persons participating in the riot to acts of force or violence; or
Upon the direction, advice, encouragement, or solicitation of any other person, uses force or violence, or makes any threat to use force or violence, if accompanied by immediate power of execution, by three or more persons, acting together and without authority of law.
This new law is remarkable. TONIGHT I'll take you through it.
We might not have the pipelines like South Dakota does. And that probably won’t happen until Trudeau’s gone.
But there’s no reason why self-respecting Canadian provinces can’t pass riot boosting laws just like my new hero Kristi Noem is doing in South Dakota.
Who knows. Maybe if we ask her nicely, she’d come up here and help us arrest David Suzuki and his band of dirty hippies, personally...?
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