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  •  Oil is a global commodity, it will just go (2+ / 0-)
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    condorcet, Patrick is Lucky

    someplace else.

    for example, if the Canadians can't sell to China, they'll build pipelines (or re-fit existing pipelines) to central and eastern Canada to use the tar sands oil to displace oil that they currently import from the middle east.

    Canada has invested so much into the development of the tar sands that they are going forward one way or another, there is essentially zero political opposition (heck, even the NDP is on record favoring their continued development).

    The only way to thwart this is if demand for oil dropped so precipitously that it would be uneconomical to extract the tar sands oil.

    •  oil is a global commodity only if it can get (2+ / 0-)
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      Horace Boothroyd III, AoT

      to market. frustrating that process by opposing pipelines and export terminals to the best of our ability is one part of keeping that oil off the global market.

      obviously, getting our economy largely off of coal, oil and eventually natural gas is a critical part of crashing our carbon emissions and saving the planet from ecological and thus economic collapse. but to do so while allowing infrastructure that enables the slack we've created just to be turned around and sent to china merely displaces the problem.

      stopping coal exports is even more important, but the tar sands matter as well.

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