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  •  Hi, Agathena -- thanks for making these points. (4+ / 0-)

    I figured Transcanada was a multinational corporation, with significant US ownership.  That is, there are a significant number of companies involved that officially base themselves in the US.  Not that they have any loyalty to the US, or any bent toward pursuing the welfare of our land or people.  We're talking corporations, here.

    I'm actually surprised that there are only 4 US citizens on the board.  

    So, no, Transcanada isn't a Canadian enterprise in the way we used to think of that.  It's good to make that point, so people are less likely to get into silly kinds of "us vs them" atttudes.

    At the same time, there are certainly Canadian politicians, media people, regulators, investors, and corporate types who are more than willing to despoil Canada just as their parallels have been despoiling the US in terrible ways for decades now.  Sometimes Canadians seem to think that they are culturally different enough from us that they don't expect (or even credit) such behavior from Canadians.

    Sadly, those despoilers exist in every country, it seems.  ANd somehow, the structure of corporations selects for and enables those people to come together and gather power.  Corporations enable short-sighted, pathologically selfish, and brutally amoral leadership coming to the fore.  Somehow we have to figure out why the corporate concept, which seemed so brilliant and creative in 16th century Italy, has turned out to be so toxic.

    And we have to figure out how We the People can put limits on these out-of-control brain-children, across the lines of national boundaries.

    Since Americans and Canadians like each other and have a lot in common, maybe this is a good opportunity to make some progress in that over-arching struggle.

    At the very least, we have to support each other as much as we can, to protect the High Plains Aquifer System and the Boreal Forests, and a habitable climate on the planet we share.

    --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

    by Fiona West on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 04:14:39 PM PDT

    •  Thanks Fiona! I'm now learning about the Ogallala (3+ / 0-)
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      aquifer and I care about it as much as the boreal forest in my country. In fact I'm astounded that Transcanada would even think about going near it. It's a vital water supply.

      •  Thanks for this information, Agethena. It's most (0+ / 0-)

        interesting that the company has 1300 employees in the US.  How many of them are US citizens?  I would bet that many are foreign contractors.  

        Furthermore, people in America and Washington are being told that the pipeline will create 20K to 100K jobs when we know that it will only create about 35 jobs in the US that are permanent and about 3900 temporary jobs, most of which will be filled with foreigners.

        IL Congressman Peter Roskam sent me a letter stating "Last year, a group of House Democrats sent a letter to President Obama telling him that the pipeline would "create 20,000 direct jobs" and "spur the creation of 118,000 spin-off jobs."  Roskam is a Republican.  Which Democrats came up with those completely misleading numbers?

        •  Obviously, the 20K direct jobs and 118K contractor (0+ / 0-)

          ot "spin-off" jobs will be created in Alberta, Canada and foreign oil tankers to ship the increased amount of asphalt that the Canadians want to dig up and use the US to pipe and refine for them.  And, yet they have the State Department's contractors handling the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement concluding that greenhouse gas emissions will not be significantly impacted.  Yeah ... right.

          The American people are being sold a dirty bill of goods and should demand that the President and Secretary of State reject the Keystone XL Pipeline permit.

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