Oligarch Thursday

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Eeet eez goot to be king, no?

Believe it or not, there’s a key connection to Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, in the fight over North America’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

One of President Donald Trump’s first actions in office was to sign an executive order on January 24 expediting the approval of the Keystone XL. Owned by TransCanada, this tar sands oil pipeline was halted by former President Barack Obama in November 2015. Trump signed another order on January 24, calling for steel for U.S. pipelines to be made in the U.S. to the “maximum extent possible,” and two days later TransCanada filed a new presidential permit application for Keystone XLwith the U.S. Department of State.

Critics, such as John Kemp of Reuters, pounced on the caveat language in Trump’s steel order and noted that it appears “designed to preserve lots of wiggle-room.” In fact, a DeSmog investigation reveals that much of the steel for Keystone XLhas already been manufactured and is sitting in a field in rural North Dakota.

DeSmog has uncovered that 40 percent of the steel created so far was manufactured in Canada by a subsidiary of Evraz, a company partly owned by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who is a close ally of Putin and a Trump family friend. Evraz has also actively lobbied against provisions which would mandate that Keystone XL‘s steel be made in the U.S.

Steve Horn – Itai Vardi @ COUNTERPUNCH

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9 Responses to Oligarch Thursday

  1. Den says:

    The REALLY BIG MONEY crowd, yachts, private jets, all just like rich boy, rolling in dough, ruling the World of the little people, oligarchs-O-plenty, actually too plenty, unneeded leaches of the World, taking never giving, just like leeches.

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  2. Den says:

    I have suspicions about the recent appearance of a Russian spy ship spotted very close to a major US submarine base. I suspect it has deployed a nuclear bomb capable drone possibly through the bottom of the ship. Read about this drone here.

    I believe the East Coast to be in imminent danger if this is truly the case. The area of the ocean around our base needs to be examined immediately! It could be resting on the bottom waiting for the order to strike.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Tell the Navy.

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      • Den says:

        I put that on FB, everyone knows, NSA, CIA, FBI, all the spies and snoops are looking for me thinking I have inside information which I don’t, just a mind that sees openings for nefarious deeds and raises suspicions.

        I might be gone for a while to hide in the hills until it all blows over, or captured and removed to an undisclosed location, unknown at this point.

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  3. David B. Benson says:

    Rain, rain, stop your talk.
    Elder David wants to walk.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Doggerl worked. There was enough break in the rain for a stick walk up to Larry Street and back, 43 minutes. There was water over the path in three places, unavoidable wading through the shallow water in two of those. I didn’t count the little one.

      On the way up beside the muddy Missouri Flat Creek, in flood, I saw a small bird. On the way back two deer crossed the bridge just before me. One circled by to head up the trail. The second, maybe the daughter, made the mistake of circling all the way out onto North Grand, where the 5 o’clock traffic forced the deer all the way across and up the other side. I didn’t wait to discover how the two deer were going to resolve their dilemma.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      Home from the piano recital. Last half was with a jazz band.

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  4. Den says:

    Kellyanne Conway without the makeup:

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