Donald Trump flew to Texas today to make announcements in support of the oil and gas industry. The announcements restrict the ability of Democrat-led states to stop pipelines by gaming regulations like they do in Canada.
That is such an amazing thing for the U.S. economy. But I should remind you, it has a massive impact on foreign policy, too. It undercuts OPEC — Saudi Arabia, Iran, Venezuela. And Russia too, which isn’t in OPEC, but might as well be.
I am so happy for America, and so sad for Canada — that was our chance. We missed it.
But what are some of the things that Jason Kenney could do as premier, to get Alberta’s oil and gas sector back on its feet?
First: set up an oil and gas infrastructure police force. You can’t trust Trudeau’s RCMP. I wish you could, but not on anything that is even vaguely political.
Second, actually enforce existing laws. Lay charges of mischief and vandalism and trespass wherever appropriate. Police don’t need a company’s permission to charge someone with a crime, and Kenney’s attorney general should have a mandate letter to prosecute every single anti-oil crime on sight.
Third: pressure companies to stand up for themselves.
Kenney and his cabinet could say to oil companies: don’t come lobbying us for things if you won’t even help yourself.
There's more, as I'll tell you TONIGHT:
Passing laws against "riot boosting," like they have in South Dakota; and set up what I call a Compliance Project, that would regulate all the anti-oil extremists groups standing in the way of energy development.
I have a few more suggestions that I’m still working on in my mind.
None of them are silver bullets.
But together, I think they’ll slowly turn things around.
And maybe one day, we’ll be able to join the oil and gas boom that Texas has, too...
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