Did you catch Newt Gingrich’s salute to our great conservative PM, Saturday night?
Crazy Newt Gingrich, following a line that worked well for him all week in South Carolina, placed a major shout out to Harper in his victory speech, thanking Harper for supporting the Keystone pipeline.
But was he thanking Harper for supporting Canada’s interest? Not a bit. Newt made it clear that Harper was supporting US interests at the expense of Chinese interests. The Keystone pipeline, Gingrich said, made sure that tar sands oil would end up in the US rather than in China.
But that’s not the real oil news in Gingrich’s speech. Here’s what he said Keystone means to the US:
“We’d make money on the pipeline,” Newt said, his voice launching into demogogeury cadence, “we’d make money on managing the pipeline, we’d make money on refining the oil, and we’d make money on the ports of Houston and Galveston shipping the oil.”
That’s lots of money for the US to handle our oil. We’d only make money on getting the bitumen out of the sands. That’s about it. Americans get to manage, refine and ship.
Hewers of wood, drawers of tar sands. That’s about all we’re good for. And Harper serves their interests in maintaining that relationship. Not ours.