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  •  The Wall Street Journal, March 14: (2+ / 0-)
    Oil Change International, a nonprofit advocacy group that opposes the pipeline, presented new data Thursday showing how Gulf Coast refineries, especially those in Texas, have in recent years become major exporters of refined products.

    The group says the Texas Gulf Coast refiners that would be the main recipients of Keystone-shipped crude already exported more than 60% of the gasoline they produced, 40% of their diesel output and 95% of their petroleum coke in 2012. It based its numbers on U.S. Census Bureau data.

    "These guys are already well into an export trend, and there's every reason to believe that will only increase" with Keystone, said Stephen Kretzman, the group's executive director.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 07:19:22 PM PDT

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    •  But that's great isn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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      LakeSuperior

      from the stand point that you often right about employment issues, and refinery jobs are very good jobs!  Much better in fact than the auto industry jobs that are much loved around here (and even worse for the environment).

      Unfortunately, the WSJ article you cite is behind a firewall . .. .

      But from US government data it looks like the US exported about half a million barrels of finished fuels (e.g., gasoline) per day last year or 2 to 3% of how much crude oil was used in the country.

      And another way to look at this is to add up the output of Gulf Coast oil refineries - their output is way, way higher than 1 million barrels per day, so again the WSJ numbers don't add up on their face.  Clearly they were finagled in some quite non-obvious way that is not apparent to a non-WSJ subscriber such as myself

    •  That WSJ article does not explain how Oil (0+ / 0-)

      Change International arrived at the 60% figure on gasoline exports, claiming only that it is DOE-EIA data, but not providing any link, review, analysis or narrative explanation or demonstrating/documenting their view of the DOE-EIA data.

      They give a link to a DOE-EIA site at the OCI website, but it does not point to a DOE-EIA page which explains or shows the 60% gasoline export claim at all.

      In non-profit organizations where I came from, not providing that documentation while prominently offering the OCI interpretation is an example of bad staff work and poor communications in a non-profit organization advocacy program.

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