The timeline of the week in political buzz has been interesting. Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton created a tidal wave across two countries when she announced that she did not support the Canada/US Keystone XL Pipeline, citing climate change as her reason. Then, on Sept. 24, President Obama announced a major deal with China on guess what, climate change. The New York Times reports today that the Obamas and China are having a big sleepover at the White House this weekend to talk about it. By Sept. 25, Politico reports that Conservative John Boehner announces that he is going to retire from Congress, right before the Elections 2016.
Meanwhile, in Canada, the Conservative party led by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is lobbying heavily for the Keystone XL, is losing support quickly. This means that so too is support for the Keystone XL. Not so coincidentally, the Canadian based company that will construct the Keystone XL if it goes through, Trans Canada, has started a massive layoff according to the Globe and Mail Sept. 24. All of this happening in the same week, is not a coincidence.
We reported earlier this week on some of the ways Trans Canada would be impacted with Hillary Clinton finally saying out loud that she opposes the Keystone XL. Trans Canada bribes are going to take a hit. And it seems they are cutting down on the human resources line in their budget, immediately after Hillary’s big announcement. Hm.
Trans Canada employs approximately 6,000 Canadians across the country, and has already laid off 185 employees this summer. This time around they say they are going to cut senior staff levels by 20%, that’s one in five senior staff, and are citing a drop in oil prices as the reason. Now isn’t that interesting.
Trans Canada isn’t saving money by letting go of the lackeys. They are cutting senior staff. The kind of people that know stuff about how Trans Canada does business.
How many disgruntled senior Trans Canada employees are going to come forward with a story once that hits the fan? Time will tell. Hillary’s announcement is impacting many people across the international lines already. Nothing is a coincidence.
Hillary’s announcement has been a long awaited one for just this reason. Her position on the project is huge, to both countries. She says she has been waiting for the infamous State Department report to come out and the Obama Administration to take a public position, before she makes hers known.
But let’s be real. The infamous State Department report either doesn’t exist, isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on, or provides information that could be politically damaging to a key position on this project, and thus, will not be revealed. Any report done on the environmental or economical impact of this project realistically should not take years in the making to conduct.
Global Research, a company that was investigating the legitimacy and validity of this alleged and now infamous State Department report, says that in a previous lifetime, back in 2009 ERM was allegedly once guilty of bribing a Chinese official.
The project in question was an “industrial development” project, and ERM’s report was needed to “push it through.”The now former head of the Shanghai Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, Yan Shunjun, accepted a bribe in the amount of 864,000 yan in 2009, or approximately 126, 501 USD. Global Research says,
“Yan was also accused of illegally setting up a channel to speed up environmental impact assessment processes, which are essential for companies wanting to build factories.”
ERM says, what are you talking about those statements are “damagingly inaccurate.”. ERM claims to know nothing about any of this. Trans Canada has the same response.
Yan Shunjun is now serving an 11-year-prison term for that. In other words, Chinese justice thinks that indeed it absolutely happened, and please stop trying to ruin our international relationships and climate change.
There’s a reason the State Department report hasn’t hit the waves. We just don’t know what it is. Or do we? Other political buzz moves this week could provide a hint.
President Obama made nicey nice with China this week too. The topic? Climate change. The Obamas and China are having a big sleepover at the White House this weekend to talk about it according to the New York Times today.
The White House Presidential treatment was given to President Xi Jinping of China yesterday as President Obama welcomed him for a visit. Obama says the visit is a reflection of “our two great peoples” and that,
“When the United States and China work together, it makes our nations and the world more prosperous and secure. Even as our nations cooperate, I believe, and I know that you agree, we must address our differences candidly.”
This is the first time the two Presidents have met face to face since Obama visited Beijing last year. And the first we are hearing of a tete a tete between the pair, since a new deal between Obama and China was leaked last week. The deal was touted as a “landmark” deal on climate change.
It’s a cap and trade program China is launching in 2017 placing annual limits on greenhouse gas emissions, and also permitting companies to purchase or sell “permits to pollute.” The issue of climate change is expected to be the proverbial white flag waved between the two countries as a message of putting other differences aside to reach a mutual point of cooperation.
Meetings between Mr. President and Mr. President began last night over dinner at the Blair House, a location directly across from the White House. Along with the Presidents were the usual suspects, senior members of their staff. The meeting lasted two and a half hours. Today the two Presidents will confer privately in the Oval Office, before meeting with the Cabinet and press in the Rose Garden.
As all of these events were being planned, Hillary Clinton came out to say, I love climate change. Not a coincidence. All of this would be followed by what many are considering to be the biggest bombshell of all this week.
One of the most powerful men in Washington has decided to out of the blue retire. Politico, who just spoke with Boehner about the Pope earlier this week, reports today that House Speaker John Boehner has just announced he will retire at the end of next month, and left a stunned Congress with this announcement. A Boehner aide told Politico today,
“The Speaker believes putting members through prolonged leadership turmoil would do irreparable damage to the institution. He is proud of what this majority has accomplished, and his speakership, but for the good of the Republican conference and the institution, he will resign the Speakership and his seat in Congress, effective October 30.”
This statement came the morning after Politico and Boehner spoke on the Capitol steps. Not only has Washington been dealing with the chaos that ensues with a State visit from China, but they’ve also had the additional chaos with the visit from Pope Francis. Politico caught up with John Boehner leaving the Capitol yesterday and asked him for a comment.
Boehner, who reportedly wept during the speech of Pope Francis, told Politico, after bringing the Pope to the Capitol, he had nothing left to accomplish. He was asked if that meant he was resigning. His answer was, laughter, and then a cue to exit into his Capitol Police escort.
And now here we are today, with the man second in line to the Presidency just out of the blue retiring. His decision was first announced this morning in a closed door Republican conference. It is said to be one that will set the GOP scrambling. California Republican Kevin McCarthy is expected to succeed him, but the ranks are definitely flurrying and scurrying today.
So the Republicans are a hot mess. Hillary loves climate change, and the Obamas are having sleepovers with China. And Trans Canada is having a very bad week. The more things change, the more things stay the same in politics.