29 Apr '14, 8pm

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TransCanada has taken a page out of former U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's playbook and deployed a public relations “charm offensive ” in Texas, home of the southern leg of its Keystone XL tar sands pipeline now known as the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project . In the 1930s and 1940s, Roosevelt utilized a “good neighbor policy “ — conceptualized today as “soft power ” by U.S. foreign policy practitioners — to curry favor in Latin America and win over its public. Recently, TransCanada announced it would do something similar in Texas with its newly formed TransCanada Charitable Fund . TransCanada has pledged $125,000 to 18 Texas counties over the next four years, funds it channeled through the East Texas Communities Foundation . In February, the company announced the first non-profit recipients of its initial $50,000 grant cycle . “The fund is designed to help improve Ea...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/04/29/transcanada-charitab...

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