Canadian "kinder, gentler" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau loves the oil industry, just like his mean old predecessor, the petro-Tory Stephen Harper: not only has he approved two new pipelines for Canada's worst-in-class tar sands oil, he's also expressed his eagerness to work with Donald Trump to reinstate plans for the Keystone XL pipeline, which will bring Canada's planet-busting tar sands oil to US ports for processing and export.
In what must be the most amazing coincidence of the century, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, ex-CEO of Exxonmobil, also likes this, because Exxon holds "substantial interests" in the tar sands and the pipeline.
Exxon, along with its subsidiary Imperial Oil, owns both the Kearl Oil Sands Project and Cold Lake tar sands production facilities, and a 25 percent stake in the tar sands production company Syncrude.
According to Bloomberg, Trump's team has shown interest in getting rid of the Executive Order which created the presidential permit process altogether, which President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry used in November 2015 to axe the pipeline.
On the campaign trail and during his post-election "Victory Tour," Trump has pledged to rescind all of Obama's Executive Orders. Unsurprisingly, Tillerson has stated his support for Keystone XL, as well.
(via Naked Capitalism)
(Image: Justin Trudeau promotional photo, Jean-Marc Carisse, CC-BY; Oil Covering a Beach – Black Sea Oil Spill 11/12/07, Marine Photobank, CC-BY)