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It Just Doesn't Add Up: Why I Think Not Building Keystone XL Will Leave a Billion Barrels of Bitumen in the Ground

March 25, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Keystone and Potential Fuel

When oil sands come up in conversation, many of my economist friends argue that "the stuff will come out of the ground whether we like it or not". When the discussion turns to Keystone, the attitude is that "it simply doesn't matter. The Canadians are just going to build pipelines and ship the stuff elsewhere."[read more]

How Bitumen Gets to Market

December 18, 2013 by Robert Rapier
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Bitumen Transport

On my trip to the oil sands, the logistical issues of getting the bitumen to market were a major topic of discussion. The issue has received widespread attention in recent years as a result of the battle over the Keystone XL pipeline extension, which many view, incorrectly as I will show, as essential.[read more]

Oil Sands and the Environment: Part II

November 25, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Oil Sands and the Environment

There are two primary ways of extracting bitumen from the oil sands. In situ production involves injecting steam into the ground to heat up the bitumen which is then pumped out of the ground. Surface mining is done when the resource is fairly close to the surface.[read more]