Being of sound mind but far from the maddening crowd of convention, I have “pro-crast-avoided” even a whisp of consideration of a bucket list, until I was hypnotized by the spectacle that is, and always will be, the shock and awe of a U.S. presidential election. This week’s offering was indeed shocking for one side, and awesome for the other.
My new found bucket list is simple – I just want to be a fly on the wall when the following scenarios takes place:
The first bucket would be the face-to-face meeting between Mr. Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, when the latter attempts to define and then explain the purpose and value of a national carbon tax to the former who won the election with Rust Belt votes.
As any form of carbon tax is just that, Mr. Trump’s laugh will be contagious and echo throughout the halls and staterooms of the White House, as well as the kitchens and dining rooms of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and let’s face it, all of the US of A. Mr. Trump’s logic would be that any tax that increases the cost to U.S. consumers but reduces a U.S. manufacturers’ price competitiveness against a non-taxed supplier country, is out of the question, so have fun with that one, Mr. Trudeau.
As Mr. Trump has made energy independence and pipeline infrastructure a priority, the next meeting to listen in to would be when TransCanada Pipelines attempts a plea bargain for the mothballed Keystone XL pipeline. This is where Mr. Trump picks up on a Made in Canada idea, “Sure we can push this through, but I like the position your Premier of B.C. has taken; so if you want to run the XL through the mid-west to the Gulf I want a piece of the profit action.”
Then the XL is renamed the “Nixed L.”
“Oh and before you go Justin, can you just run through this NAFTA thing. Not sure this has been such a good deal. I may want to make some serious changes.”
The third meeting would be when the new president goes to whatever version of the Paris Climate Accord happens to be in session, wherever it may be. With control of the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, Mr. Trump can, with the stroke of a pen, not only cancel the Obama Clean Power Plan, but also the Paris agreement which Barack Obama agreed to without the blessing of Congress.
My final bucket would be the first get-together with Mr. Trump and the former KGB operative now Russian president Vladimir (never call me Blinky) Putin. There are rumblings from the Russian Steppes that Vlady (he likes that one) is hoping for better communication with the new president.
Hey! Perhaps we can get together, combine our oil production, and kick sand in OPEC’s collective faces.
I know it’s not much of a list but it’s better than first time skydiving into a political abyss like Hillary tried.
“Rip cord? You never said anything about a rip cord!”
Roger McKnight is the Chief Petroleum Analyst with En-Pro International Inc.
Roger has over 25 years experience in the oil industry, and has held senior marketing management positions responsible for national and international accounts. He is the originator of the card lock concept of marketing on-road diesel that is now the predominant purchase method of diesel in Canada. Roger's knowledge of the oil industry in North America, and pricing structures has resulted in his expertise being sought as a commentator by local, national, and international media. Roger is a regular guest on radio and television programs, and he is quoted regularly in newspapers and magazines across Canada. All posts by Roger McKnight