Justin Trudeau: Why Can’t He Be Our President?” asks the cover of the latest edition of Rolling Stone.
.. Trudeau couldn’t even get the nomination of the Democratic party.
.. Trudeau’s idyllic northern paradise is actually the world’s seventh-largest oil producer, and even Boy Band Angela Merkel doesn’t seem particularly eager to destroy the country’s fossil-fuel industry. Sensibly enough, he’s a big proponent of the Keystone Pipeline and Canada’s Kinder Morgan pipeline, which transports hydrocarbons between the oil sands of Alberta (which are “pockmarked,” RS gravely informs us, “like a B-52 bombing range”) and British Columbia.
.. “One of the things that we have to realize is we cannot get off gas, we cannot get off oil, fossil fuels tomorrow — it’s going to take a few decades,” he tells RS. “Maybe we can shorten it, but there’s going to have to be a transition time.”
.. So here’s Rolling Stone’s politics: We’ll forgive you for turning Earth into a coal-black cinder as long as you keep cheering for identity politics in these final moments of suffering we share together.
.. But if you really do want to live in a country led by Justin Trudeau, given that people not born American can’t actually be president of the United States, why not do what Rolling Stone writer Stephen Rodrick suggests in the kicker of his piece: “At this moment, Justin Trudeau’s Canada looks like a beautiful place to ride out an American storm.” Why won’t Justin’s American acolytes do what they keep promising to do and take off to the Great White North?
.. Lena Dunham is still among us despite her highly specific vow, “I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will. I know a lovely place in Vancouver.” Actor Keegan-Michael Key similarly indicated he had a northern escape route planned out when he said Canada is, “like, ten minutes from Detroit,” adding, “That’s where I’m from; my mom lives there. It’d make her happy too.” Key has given no indication lately that he is following up on that.
.. It might just be that there is more to a country than who happens to be head of state at any given moment.
.. Our progressive friends, who alternate between saying, “Ha-ha, Trump can’t do anything!” and dressing up like extras from The Handmaid’s Tale, are proving yet again that their alarmism is meaningless. If any professional lefty actually gives any indication of being serious about leaving America, I’d be happy to start a Kickstarter campaign to pay for their moving expenses.
As the Oil-Sands Industry Declines, Its Biggest Champion Bolts
N. Murray Edwards, who has acted as a sector standard-bearer in Canada for more than a decade, has decamped to London and lowered his profile
Alberta, which lured tens of billions of dollars in investments from the world’s biggest oil producers during a decade of heady growth from about 2003 to 2013, is now viewed as one of the places least likely to recover from the price rout because of high investment costs, long development time and looming limits on carbon emissions... Royal Dutch Shell PLC took a $2 billion write-down last year after abandoning a major oil-sands project, and Exxon Mobil Corp. said earlier this year it may be forced to remove billions of barrels of oil-sands reserves from its books.