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Ethical oil revisited amid Keystone XL decision

Does the US really depend on repressive nations to meet its oil consumption needs?

CANADA'S government and its powerful oil companies just can’t understand why the US would turn down a steady stream of oil supply from a reliable, friendly neighbour in the north. So when the State Department shelved its decision on whether to let Calgary-based TransCanada build a huge pipeline from the oil sands to Texas, commentators in Canada saw it as a triumph of green idealism over pragmatic politics. Not only would $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline pour jobs and investment into a needy US economy, ran the argument, but it would help the country overcome its reliance on oil imports from countries that are hostile to US interests. Russ Girling, TransCanada’s disappointed boss, summed u

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