As Standing Rock Protests Turn Bloodier, Trump Stands To Cash In On Dakota Pipeline (VIDEO)
Trump Has Blood On His Hands Through His Investments At The Center Of The Standing Rock Protest
Oh geez Donald, another potential conflict of interest? Of course Trump his fair share of investments, but there is (at least) one in particular that is problematic given current events.
According to The Hill, it seems the new President of the United States owns quite a bit of stock in Energy Transfer Partners. Big deal, you say. So what?
Well, here is the problem – it’s the company trying to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. Yes, that is the project that is on hold because of the Standing Rock protests where Native Americans are being tear gassed, shot at with rubber bullet and sprayed with water in freezing weather for their efforts in fighting climate change and defending their land and the water of the Missouri River.
Trump has stock in Dakota pipeline controversy.. Makes money while people attempt to defend sacred land, water from future oil spills(Yahoo)
— Bob Munoz (@bobmunoz) November 25, 2016
“The AP found that Trump’s 2016 financial disclosure form showed that he owned between $15,000 and $50,000.”
Furthermore, he has up to $250,000 in shares of Phillips 66 who owns a quarter of the pipeline project. Trump’s money is all over this tainted and morally bankrupt project.
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So, how is a business man turned President Elect going to be unbiased and make rational decisions based on the best interest of Americans, including those in an area of the country who helped elect him hoping he would make their life “great”, when he directly benefits from the pipeline being built?
Sharon Buccino of the Natural Resources Defense Council environmental group tells AP that there is no way that he can.
“Trump’s investments in the pipeline business threaten to undercut faith in this process — which was already frayed — by interjecting his own financial well-being into a much bigger decision.”
One person is counting on Trump to be completely biased when it comes to the pipeline. That person is the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, Kelcy Warren.
“Do I think it’s going to get easier? Of course. If you’re in the infrastructure business, you need consistency. That’s where this process has gotten off track.”
And the fact that Warren sees Trump as the man to get this project done, legit protests and environmental concerns aside, is probably why he “donated $3,000 to the Trump campaign, $66,800 to the Republican National Committee and $100,000 to a committee that backed Trump’s candidacy.”
Trump’s financial dealings across the planet promise to be a nightmare web of conflicts of interests. Some of those issues could be minimized by putting his assets in a blind trust which is something that Trump seems to be resisting.
It’s going to be a long 4 years.
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