Global Power Project, Part 10- TransCanada Corporation, Kings of the Keystone Pipeline

TransCanada Corporation describes itself as “a leader in the responsible development and reliable and safe operation of North American energy infrastructure.” Beginning in 2005, the company announced plans for the Keystone XL pipeline. In 2010, Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) approved the full pipeline project, stating that it was in the “public interest” to transport Canadian tar sands oil […]

Global Power Project, Part 4: Banking on Influence with JPMorgan Chase

Meet the Elites at the Biggest & Most Connected Bank In May, JPMorgan Chase was listed as the largest bank in the world with assets at roughly $4 trillion — some $1.53 trillion of it in derivatives. This was reported a month after the announcement that the bank had posted a record first-quarter profit of […]

Global Power Project- Part 3: The Influence of Individuals & Family Dynasties

“Dynastic power was and remains largely wielded in the corporate and financial sectors.” Dynastic power, embedded in the institution of “family,” has been with humanity for as long as empire: ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, the European empires and beyond. With the rise of capitalism, finance and corporations, formal political dynasties became less relevant to […]