It only makes sense that resurrecting the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline would make Donald Trump’s Top Ten To-Do List. Keystone XL is shovel-ready—as in shoveling-hogwash-ready, which is right up our pathologically lying President’s alley.
- As he signed his Keystone XL executive order, Trump said the Commerce Department will maximize the use of U.S. steel in the pipeline. “We will build our own pipeline. We will build our own pipes, like we used to in the old days,” said Trump. Um, Donald? TransCanada spent over a billion dollars on Keystone XL steel and has had its big pipes milled and stockpiled here on the prairie for years. Half the steel was made outside the United States; the half made here was produced by Welspun, an Indian company.
- Trump says (in typical unprepared, used-car-salesman cant) Keystone XL will mean “a lot of jobs, 28,000 construction jobs, great construction jobs.” I have never heard 28,000 as a jobs projection for Keystone XL. 35, yes, 127, 1,800, 2,000, 10,000, 20,000, 42,000, 130,000… all over the place. But I cannot find any reference online to 28,000 jobs from Keystone XL. As usual, Trump is just pulling numbers out of thin air.
- Trump blamed permitting and regulatory requirements for blocking pipelines and other projects. But the business case for Keystone XL collapsed with the 2014 oil price slide and remains unclear.
But hey: even if TransCanada never takes Trump up on the offer to remill a billion dollars of steel and lay a pipeline America doesn’t need, Trump has another great oil plan. Today he casually threatened to wage war on our ally Iraq to take their oil.
These are not the actions of an honest, intelligent President. These are the actions of a delusional buffoon who doesn’t realize he has graduated from cheap TV to leading the free world.