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  •  I've been bothered for awhile (1+ / 0-)
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    by the XL pipeline critics who dwell on the exporting of processed Tar Sands oil from the Gulf Coast as if not a gallon would be consumed here.

    The main evidence is usually a reference to Valero's presentation to its investors where they say they will increase exports of refined products.

    Yet Valero will buy only 20% of XL's output.

    “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

    by 6412093 on Mon Aug 12, 2013 at 01:15:28 PM PDT

    •  The real question is whether a claim that the (0+ / 0-)

      KXL is primarily for export undermines the issue equities
      of anti-KXL opponents as to the breadth of the jurisdiction of the 'national interest' determination and test.   Claiming the pipeline is for export means that the decision as to 'national interest' has less rather than more effect on the final outcome.  

      Anti-KXL forces are in a better position not claiming the pipeline is primarily for export because because domestic use of the tar sands crude is then far more relevant to the
      national interest test than if most of the transported oil were to be exported....thus making it less relevant to U.S. interests.

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