And after all his hand waving, Rouge doesn't seem to have a coherent point. No one is proposing a gasoline pipeline across the Ogalalla aquifer.<quoted text>
We import about half of our crude oil. The only crude oil exported, that I know of, goes to Japan. Oil is oil. Sure some will take a little extra to process but it still ends up as finished products.
Yes, we do export finished petroleum but the fact is, we are still a net importer of crude oil.
Tar sand oil is heavy crude oil so we pay less for it. West Texas Light, Sweet crude being the benchmark. "Light" means you can get more gasoline with less processing and "Sweet" means it has less sulfur in it which also means less processing.
Some of the nastiest crude oil comes fro Venezuela which is heavy and sour. But we still import it, don't we.
As far as pollution risk, gasoline is by far the worst. It has high vapor pressure (it evaporates fast) and it has nasty additives. Heavy crude oil is one of the lowest pollution hazards as it has a very low vapor pressure and has no additives. If it spills, it is much easier to clean up.
But you being an ignorant bigot, do not understand what I just said.