Monday, August 17, 2015

The Trouble With Trump, Part XXIII

Donald Trump appears to have a very limited knowledge of and/or shallow understanding of the Keystone XL pipeline, what it will do and what it will mean. Listen to what he says at about the two minute twenty second mark:

"I hope we don't need the pipeline, 'cause it comes out of Canada".

There are probably three things (or more) wrong with this statement. One, it's not just Canadian oil, but oil from our own Bakken range in the Dakotas, as well, that could be more easily and safely transported. Underline "safely". Far too many accidents, spills and oil train derailments from the oil fields to the refineries that could be reduced via a pipeline. Two, when Canada does send oil to our refineries, we add value to it. That's called 'creation of wealth', Mr. Trump. That would happen here in this country. Three, Trump seemingly overlooks the creation of well paying jobs in building and maintaining the pipeline, the refinery jobs and all the ancillary businesses along the way.

I'm glad Trump favors building the Keystone XL extension. I just wish he would do a little more homework, so that he would be more knowledgeable about the good thing he's advocating.

It's a very good thing.

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