Why resist exports?

In the political hubbub over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline between Alberta and the US Gulf Coast, an especially peculiar argument has emerged that should be put to rest before it does real damage. It treats oil exports by the US with revulsion. Suddenly, anxiety arises in some quarters over the thought that hydrocarbon molecules originating in the Canadian oil sands might end up somewhere other than Canada or the US. In response to a Republican transportation bill amendment that would have authorized Keystone XL without presidential approval, Senate Democrats offered a measure prohibiting shipment outside the US of any of the imported oil. Both measures failed. Discussing the issue on...

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