Story contributed to by Brian Cleavenger – Senior Editor – Get Off The BS. May 26, 2016
In a late Wednesday evening dinner / meeting hosted by Harry ‘Tyg’ Lucas, Jr. of LucasVarity, PLC / TRW in Newport Beach, CA., TransCanada executives Russ Girling and Barry Jackson met with Donald Trump on Lucas’s yacht to discuss resurrecting the Obama defeated Keystone Pipeline Project.
Obama rejected a permit for the pipeline in November of 2015, however Trump in earlier conversations with Lucas and Paula Reynolds (PreferWest) last week agreed to meet with TransCanada officials to discuss how the project could be ‘revisited’ if reasonable portions of the profits from the pipeline could reach the American tax payers pockets.
At the meetings conclusion Trump said that if he becomes President, he will allow TransCanada to resubmit its application to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline through America’s central states and approve it contingent on future negotiations concerning tax payer share in the pipelines profits.
In an early Thursday afternoon energy speech at a petroleum conference in Bismarck, N.D. Trump reiterated his Wednesday evening commitment to TransCanada stating that he would ask TransCanada to resubmit its application to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline through America’s central states and that he would approve it if the U.S. gets a share of the Canadian corporation’s profits in return.
“Why not? We’re making it possible. Let’s take a piece of the action for you folks, you know, lower your taxes a little bit more,” Trump said.
Any regulation that’s outdated, unnecessary, bad for workers or contrary to the national interest will be scrapped and scrapped completely,”
Trump intelligently, added assurances to both American’s and Canadian’s concerned with possible environmental concerns that may be a direct result of the project, stating that “We’re going to do all this while taking proper regard for rational environmental concerns.”
“Obama has done everything he can to get in the way of American energy, for whatever reason,” Trump said. “If ‘Crooked’ Hillary Clinton is in charge, things will get much worse, believe me.”
Any future energy regulations, Trump said, would be judged on whether they are good for the American workers and the economy.
It is interesting to note that Lucas attempted in March of 2015 to arrange a similar meeting with Obama and TransCanada, which Obama rejected stating that, “The Keystone Pipeline project will not achieve reductions in America’s foreign oil dependencies.”