Sunday, February 14, 2016

Trump’s Eminent Disdain

Donald is wrong about the Keystone Pipeline and property rights.
You can’t build a real estate empire unless government helps you snatch private property, or so says Donald Trump, who routinely defends eminent domain as an inevitable business reality. Maybe he needs broader business experience.
In Saturday’s Republican debate, Mr. Trump fielded a question about eminent domain and had a ready answer. “You need eminent domain,” Mr. Trump said. “A lot of the big conservatives that tell me how conservative they are,” they “all want the Keystone Pipeline. The Keystone Pipeline, without eminent domain, it wouldn’t go 10 feet, OK?”
Not OK, or accurate. In the decade since TransCanada proposed the pipeline system, which includes the Keystone XL route President Obama rejected last year, the company says it has negotiated voluntary easements with 96% of 2,600 landowners across 3,000 miles and nine states. That includes 100% of landowners on the Keystone XL path in Montana and South Dakota, and 91% in Nebraska. TransCanada has on rare occasion turned to eminent domain, a process that usually involves a panel of experts determining fair compensation.
Read the rest of this WSJ op-ed HERE and follow a link to a related story below:

MUST READ: Donald Trump’s history of eminent domain abuse 

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