The uncertainty of what a Donald Trump presidency will bring continues, but one expert thinks it’s likely to directly affect at least one contentious issue in our country.
Gary Leach from the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, an organization that represents 150 oil and gas companies in Western Canada, said Trump’s election could have an effect on our country’s carbon tax.
“If our major competitor in the United States is not levying carbon taxes on energy intensive industries, there’s a real risk that those kind of industries are going to migrate out of jurisdictions that levy that kind of tax,” he said. “I think policy makers, both in Ottawa and elsewhere, are going to have to take a serious look at the implications of going it alone on carbon tax if the United States isn’t going to go down the same path.”
While Trump was light on policy during the campaign, Trump did say the United States would likely pull out of the Paris Climate Accord and that he supports the Keystone XL pipeline.
“Right off the get go I think it’s clear, at least on the pipeline front for Keystone XL, that’s a positive development if that pipeline gets an opportunity to proceed,” Leach said.
On Friday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he is continuing to push Trump to move forward with the controversial project
Leach says one thing is for sure, electing in Trump will have impacts on a global and North American scale. (kb/sj)