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  •  Several things ... (6+ / 0-)

    1.  The Gulf Coast refinery production based on tar sands will go onto world markets with some estimates that 50% would go to the PRC.

    2.  Alberta officials have made comments about how they are awash in oil and that Keystone is critical to getting it out to sell at higher prices.  

    3.  The Canadian export option via a pipeline to Canada's West Coast faces more challenges than Keystone XL.

    4.  Stopping the pipeline reduces the profitability path for Tar Sands oil and makes it harder to expand Tar Sands production -- which is more polluting than traditional oil sources in carbon and other terms. (Even worse than traditional oil ...)  This creates a little more space for pursuing climate mitigation efforts rather than 'energy security' efforts disregarding climate / economic / environmental impacts.

    Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

    by A Siegel on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 07:07:01 AM PST

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    •  Thank you, Adam (1+ / 0-)
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      It's important that we all understand these responses well because, unless I miss my guess, this is going to be a BIG argument against it and one that will resonate with folks who aren't paying attention to the entire debate (i.e., most of the country.)

      I'm not entirely sure I understand your first point. Are you saying that without the Keystone XL pipeline, Canada will only be able to sell half of the oil that the tar sands produce, thereby limiting the climate change impact?

      "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."
      -- Dr. Peter Venkman


      Yeah, yeah, I tweet

      by Eclectablog on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 07:57:58 AM PST

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      •  First point .... (0+ / 0-)

        is that if the pipeline is constructed, some reasonable looks suggest that much (if not most) of the resulting refined product would be exported, likely to the PRC.

        Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

        by A Siegel on Mon Nov 07, 2011 at 08:23:53 AM PST

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