Jon, this article — which is basically on the fossil fuel industry trying to get ‘we the people’ (taxpayers) to pick-up the tab for the oil industry’s massive negative externality cost dumping, along with a second article in CD today, "Trump Warns ‘Everybody Would Be Very Poor’ If He Gets Ousted, AND along with a very interesting slap that Trump took at South Africa about his asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations” ---- are all parts of the same scheme that Trump is doing to ‘signal’ his real audience (not the rightwing nuts here in America) but his real audience, of the global UHNWI’s who control and run this Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE (which is only nominally HQed in, and merely ‘posing’ as, the country PKA America) — that Trump is committed to save them and their Trillions from the only thing/threat that the ruling elites running this EMPIRE really fear, which is ‘Wealth Reform’ — akin to the “Land Reform” that South Africa forced upon SA’s ruling elites.
The enormous fear among the world’s UHNWI’s and their EMPIRE of “Wealth Reform” is the common key to the connection of all these three events/articles!
The fossil fuel industry, which accumulated/extracted/exploited massive, but only ‘apparent capital surplus’ made from oil (by hiding, burying, and dumping the ‘negative externality costs’ of polluting our atmosphere and causing global warming) would be effectively all wiped-out if the DGCEmpire HQed in America allowed the global oil giants (like the “Private Empire” of Exxon) to have to give up its looted, hoarded, monopolized, and now non-productive extracted capital because of any move toward to fair and honest “Wealth Reform”.
Trump’s Warning that “‘Everybody Would Be Very Poor’ If He Gets Ousted” is not any signaling to 99% of Americans — but is rather this faux Emperor’s way of ‘messaging’ that I’m the only thing between you UHNWI’s and your scam Empire and the ‘pitch-forks’ (which BTW, is what Obama signaled (and directly said to the Wall Street looters in ‘08), but this time, Trump who knows that the ruling elite UHNWIs of the Empire are even more fearful of losing their ‘capital’ than their (or their families’ lives) are most fearful of “Wealth Reform” — particularly if the U.S. falls into the hands of the people, and uses it massive spying, militarist, intelligence, and legal powers to, as the old AT&T ad used to say, “Reach out and touch you” anywhere you try to hide in the whole effin world.
With faux-Emperor Trump’s focusing on the awful, illegal, and immoral action of South Africa addressing the past crimes of looting, expropriating, hoarding, and monopolizing the asset-class of Land (which was the previously preferred asset-class of the elite) and starting to ‘claw-back’ that looted land with ‘Land Reform’ ---- Trump is signalling to today’s global elite UHNWI’s and their “Empire of Capital” that — what SA did to the white SA elite could happen to you guys with “Wealth Reform” if you don’t have me, Donald J. Trump to keep the dummies fighting each other and letting you keep all your accumulated stolen wealth!
This triple of explosively dangerous ‘issues’ converging right within the last few days, it is really incumbent on someone like superb socialist economist Richard Wolff to integrate, further diagnose, and ‘expose’ this most massive financial crime which Trump is, IMHO, so clearly signalling to his real base of the world’s UHNWI’s Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE, as an existential last heist on earth!