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  •  You don't seem to fully understand the petroleum (0+ / 0-)

    infrastructure in the U.S.  

    Somewhere around half of the U.S. refining capacity is on the Gulf Coast and it is connected to a gasoline pipeline structure that supplies the east of the U.S., where energy consumption is greatest.  That made sense when it was built, as most of the oil came from Texas when that infrastructure was built.

    The choice for getting more U.S. oil to the east coast is either:

    A. build an additional, 500 mile pipeline from Cushing, OK to Gulf Coast refineries.

    B.  Build a bunch of refineries and new gas pipelines from the midwest to the east coast.

    Illinois and Oklahoma don't have that infrastructure, and they don't have the capacity to refine all the oil from the region plus the oil from the already existing Keystone pipeline.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 01:43:50 PM PDT

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    •  the oil once it goes to the gulf and is refined... (0+ / 0-)

      is going to the east coast of china and other foreign countries where the oil industry can get a better price.  not the east coast of the us.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 01:56:13 PM PDT

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      •  That's too simplistic. (0+ / 0-)

        Diesel products might go elsewhere, but that's only a limited part of refining capacity.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 02:52:26 PM PDT

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