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  •  Rockies or port won't stop it (2+ / 0-)
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    Yoshimi, Sparhawk

    See Alaskan for an example, the Trans-Alaskan pipeline and port costs hardly made Alaskan oil uneconomical, and oil prices were way lower then, and that had to be at least as hard.  But yeah, I think it's a fair argument to simply state, "We know we can't stop you, but it's your bad decision, so if you want to do it, you do it on your own."

    Of course, they may end up just exporting it to the US anyway in any variety of other mechanisms - more road traffic, more rail traffic, reuse or conversion of existing pipelines, etc.  Last I saw TransCanada was planning to "all but finish" the pipeline even if it gets refused by the WH, having the US leg run all the way to the Bakken and be used for a major Bakken expansion at first, and then building more pipeline when politically expedient in the future or other forms of oil shipment to get Alberta oil to a Bakken terminal.

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