..and I guess the 'Winners' list should be expanded too.
The Town of Lac Megantic.
Which received about $500 million in coerced guilt money from every deep pocket the Canadian government could find.
(Funny how efficient and focused government can be when it wants to cover its own has and cover its tracks....)
And after all that loot, spent on amenities that dying, dismal little place could never have dreamed of before, there are people there demanding that the tracks be rebuilt to BYPASS the town completely...I kid you not.
The more given, the more demanded....Unions live by it. And of all places, Quebec does not need any coaxing.
A pretty good list of "Winners and Losers", per David Thomas.
• The honor of rail and hazmat regulators and elected politicians in Canada and the U.S., for their utter failure to address the known root cause of oil train explosions.
• The railroads, for allowing themselves to be painted as perpetrators of oil train explosions, instead of victims, forced by law, to haul demonstrably unsafe cargo in inadequate conveyances.
• Three lowly railroad operating employees facing criminal charges for the consequences of following company rules against setting automatic train brakes on a train, left unattended, with the engine running on a downhill grade.
• The sanctity of human life, for losing out to profit margin in the cost-benefit analysis of shipping incidentally (or in the case of bitumen, intentionally) contaminated crude.
• The American Petroleum Institute, for convincing its well-paid legion of political hacks to blame tank cars and track bolts, instead of weaponized crude oil.
• Current and former Transport Canada executives, who escaped public identification and accountability for the still-unexplained exemption of a decrepit railroad from crewing requirements that apply to other railroads.
• Canada’s Transportation Safety Board, for continuing to survive as an investigative body, while defending its continuing failure to recommend that automatic train brakes be set when parking an unattended hazmat consist on a downhill grade—even when its Lac-Mégantic investigation concluded that setting such brakes would, very probably, have prevented the catastrophe."
I would have added one more to his list of Losers:
The Canadian taxpayer, who is on the hook for directly paying $75 million into the Town's 'hush-money' collection, as well as the salaries and benefits of Transport Canada executves that should not only be unemployed, but in jail.
Fred signed a 10 year contract in 2010 to haul Teck's coal for almost no profit...to fend off Bill Ackman. Lacking that "quid pro quo" arrangememt (Teck was the 'major client of record' that stood firmly behind CPs exising management in the proxy fight against Ackman.....Hunh. What were the odds?) , Teck might very well nit have survived this China meltdown.
And CP has achieved all the improvement it has in the past 3 years DESPITE having to honor that idiotic,value-destroying contract.
LIke running the marathon carrying a boulder. And still winning.
Note that Teck's coal is met coal....not thermal coal. It goes into steel making, not thermal electrical generation. That latter one is the filthy, poisonous and future-lacking American coal.
But hey.... coal is coal, right? Ummmm. No, geniuses.
CP has far less portfolio exposure to coal than NS. And it is to the FAR better of the two kinds, terrible as they both are moving forward.
So sock on that and wait for Q2 results...especially the idiotic flightless putz.
Obama pays for an illegal blocking of free market investment in the US under NAFTA..
You should be demanding that his government is charged for envirnomental terrorism, for currently and directly sponsoring the building of a Trans-Africa oil pipeline project.
If pipelines are so hazradous and unsafe for Americans, how are they safe and secure for Africans, Barry?
Hypocrisy, thy name is 'murica.
...since Bayer put Monsanto in its crosshairs, And not a peep of any concern by anyone,,,not even those lawmaking geniuses in Washington. You'd think the FDA would have at least 1/500 the interest in this that the TSB had in the heresy that is putting two rump railways together, end-to-end...to finally accomplish the most obvious thing that a developmentally delayed child glancing at a map would do without hesitation.
But you'd be wrong.
After all, chemicals and food that people put in their stomachs every day isn't something that should get any government oversight or concern. I mean, those lab guys all know what they're doing, right?
It's not like they're coupling two boxcars does. That's just evil...all those letters saying how NS would be reduced to ruin by CP just made me cry.
"....The seeds and agrochemicals industry, long dominated by six large companies, has been jolted by several large deals in the past year as low crop prices and belt-tightening by farmers pressured earnings. Syngenta agreed in February to be acquired by ChemChina for $43 billion, while Dow Chemical and DuPont struck a $130 billion megamerger last year...."
God Bless Murica. Guns for Everyone, and Keep Rail Stupid !
The amount that VW just agreed to pay Americans for playing games with the completely arbitrary, utterly pointless emission standards...games that the US government is completely enraged and indignant about.
It also happens to be the same amount that TransCanada is suing the US government for under NAFTA, for denying it the perfectly legal and worthwhile free market investment of Keystone...because Barry-the-Caretaker is an utter failure who needed some trophy from his worthless 8 years in office.