When I think of Canada I think of our neighbors to the north and a progressive government that provides things like national health care. I don’t think of aboriginal governments fighting big oil like we have with our indigenous people against the Dakota Pipeline. However, that’s the case and a second pipeline in seven months has caused a massive spill in Canada.
58,0000 gallons of oil leaked this past Friday and it’s noteworthy because we’re told how safe these pipelines are. The Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has just been given the green light by the Tangerine Tyrant via Executive order yesterday. The Canadian land is, you guessed it, in an aboriginal community which has been fighting big oil just like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been fighting to protect our environment. These aren’t alternative facts, this could happen with DAPL and the Keystone XL pipelines. Just seven months ago, we saw another spill in Saskatchewan where 59,438 gallons of oil polluted the environment and cut off the drinking water in two cities.
Both incidents happened in the same province of Canada and both incidents have environmental implications that will remain unknown in the short-term. While this recent leak didn’t affect the drinking water, it did impact One Man First Nation’s tribe and no one is sure who’s pipeline caused the spill. While the leak was discovered Friday, one resident says the smell was around for a week prior. Chief Connie Big Eagle noted there weren’t any homes near the site but a cemetery was 1400 feet away and the spill was 50 feet in diameter.
We have got to make sure that Tundra has done everything that they can to get our land back to the way it was. That can take years,” she continued. “They have assured me that they follow-up and they don’t leave … until we are satisfied.
When Twitler talks about the 28,000 jobs, he isn’t thinking about the environmental cleanup or the negotiation of who pays the cost of the devastated environment when a spill happens – like the two most recent in Canada.
“Subject to terms and conditions to be negotiated by us,” we were told when Trump signed the executive order for the DAPL. Since he doesn’t believe in climate change and thinks pipelines are safe, you can bet that the White House won’t bother with negotiating who pays for any of those eventual spills. Perhaps “America First” means having Canada foot the bill for environmental clean up since they’re so used to oil spills from pipelines?
The fact of the matter is when the spills happen, and it will eventually happen, it will be the no information Trump voter who foots the bill along with you and me. With Ayn Rand Republican leadership, it’s always the folks at the bottom who get the shaft first and those at the top who get to make it rain, sometimes even in expensive Russian hotel rooms.
Watch Trump sign the executive orders, here: