Much of the crude oil that would flow down the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline would likely be exported as refined products by U.S. companies—a prospect that is stirring further debate over whether the project serves the nation's best interest.
Backers of the pipeline, which would carry heavy crude from Alberta, Canada, through the Plains states to Gulf Coast refineries, say the exports would be good for the U.S. economy by creating refinery jobs and helping to reduce the trade deficit.
Opponents, who have long cited the potential environmental risks, say if the fuel ultimately gets exported, Americans won't benefit.
People are too stupid to understand that its about the oil BALANCE OF TRADE, not whether the same exact molecules of petroleum end up being consumed in the US. Allow the oil professionals to decide how best to allocate resources.