If there's one guy who can cut through even Trudeau-grade crap on Canada's bitumen trafficking and perverse pipeline politics, it's author and journalist Andrew Nikiforuk. In today's Tyee, Nikiforuk dismembers the Trans-Canada pipeline fiasco, the hyper-sketchy Kinder Morgan and a prime minister too feeble to handle the job.
Here's an excerpt:
The Houston-based firm that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley now salute as a defender of Canada’s national interest is the spawn of Enron, found guilty of accounting fraud and corruption. The energy trader’s collapse cost shareholders $74 billion and killed 20,000 jobs.
Kinder Morgan, a dirty and unsexy mover of gas and oil, began as Enron Liquids Pipeline in 1997. Enron alumni continue to populate the senior ranks of Kinder Morgan.
They include Richard Kinder, a Texas billionaire and Kinder Morgan’s chair. He worked at Enron for 16 years. Jordan Mintz, the chief tax officer, served as the vice-president of Enron’s tax division from 1996-2000.
Kean, the man now baiting Canadian governments, worked as Enron’s senior vice-president of government affairs. And so on.
These Enron alumni probably think Canadian politicians are the ultimate pushovers and dimwits.