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Grandt PO Box 6603 Lincoln, NE 68506 July 18, 2013
Mr. Rex W. Tillerson ExxonMobil Corporation 5959 Las Colinas Blvd. Irving, TX 75039 Re: Manipulating Fuel Prices - is this Exxon’s idea of good Corporate Citizenship?
Dear Mr. Tillerson, You are complicit in issues surrounding Alberta dilbit transiting the U.S. and the economic impact on inhabitants of the midwest. Your silence equates to criminal indifference to the economic decline that will be caused by manipulating supply and the environmental disasters that will be caused by spills and burning of carbon-intense fuels produced by and exported from refineries belonging to you and others in the energy sector. It is time that you -- as a leader in your industry -- speak with conscience. Why are you silent? Whatever the reason, it is time to break from obsolete paradigms. You know this in your heart. Remember the first point of the Scout Law: A Scout is TRUSTWORTHY. What is your response to the findings reported below? These findings that first were reported in 2011:
Watchdog group: Pipeline will boost Midwest gas prices
July 17, 2013 • Art Hovey / Lincoln Journal Star http://bit.ly/kxl-journal-star-July-17 Consumer Watchdog upped the ante on Tuesday on previous claims that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will drive up the cost of gasoline in Nebraska and the rest of the Midwest. Price increases of 25 to 40 cents are likely if the pipeline is built between oil deposits in Alberta and refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast, warned the nonprofit public interest group in a new report that also called the controversial project “an oil industry cash machine.” More than two years ago, a University of Calgary business professor offered a similar rationale in predicting that gas prices in the Midwest would go up at least 7 cents.
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The pipeline would eliminate a surplus of Canadian crude in Nebraska's region, disrupt the oil-gasoline price structure and create an equivalent amount of pain at the pump, said Philip Verleger in 2011. In a Tuesday media conference call, Consumer Watchdog researcher Judy Dugan said Keystone XL would carry away both Canadian oil and a $30 per-barrel discount for crude oil made into finished fuel at Midwest refineries. “That is the fastest way to raise gasoline prices,” Dugan said. The net effect, she said, is moving “$3 billion to $4 billion out of the pockets of U.S. consumers and into the pockets of a large Canadian oil company.” The report is the latest attempt to stop construction on the northern leg of a $7 billion project that crosses Nebraska on its way to Cushing, Okla. TransCanada unveiled plans for a second pipeline through Nebraska more than four years ago. But it remains under review by the U.S. State Department and under attack by critics at the state and national level. The Calgary-based company recently suggested that the earliest it would be in service, because of the pace of federal oversight, would be the second half of 2015. On Tuesday, TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard and Michael Whatley of the propipeline Consumer Energy Alliance said the Consumer Watchdog assertions have no factual basis. “This is not a peer-reviewed study and there's really nothing new here,” Howard said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “The professional opponents of Keystone XL first made these claims in early 2011, then again in 2012 and now, here we go again in 2013.” Whatley was equally dismissive of claims of negative impact from pumping 830,000 barrels of oil per day into the United States. “You can't add this volume of discounted oil into the U.S. market and expect that we're going to have more expensive fuel,” he said. But Consumer Watchdog also disputed how much of it will get into the fuel tanks of customers at U.S. service stations. “They're very anxious to get that pipeline,” Dugan said. “The only way they can get that pipeline is to get a larger market. The only way they can get to a larger market is through export.” She called Gulf refineries “the export center for the U.S. for finished fuel.” Whatley and Howard said otherwise. “To suppose that folks out of Houston, the Gulf Coast complex, are going to export cheap oil to overseas markets and replace it with more expensive oil coming in on boats from the Middle East is crazy,” Whatley said.
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Howard said Consumer Watchdog's motives aren't what they appear. “These professional activists are not really concerned about the price of gasoline in the U.S. Midwest. They are just trying to generate concern and opposition to Keystone XL.” But Dugan said export capability is the real point of building a pipeline through the United States and any government attempts to rein in that plan on this side of the border won't go far. That’s because oil transport agreements involve a private carrier and customers in the private sector. “There's not much the U.S. has done or can do,” she said.
Please lead US as Charles Grant did -- emulate him (http://WhoIsCharlesGrant.com) • Call on leaders and colleagues in the energy sector to join you -- boldly courageous • Begin scheduling the retirement and dismantling of the dirty fossil fuel infrastructure • Shift investments from carbon energy infrastructure to new carbon-free technology
For humanity For our progeny For your own legacy For a fellow Eagle Scout A Scout is TRUSTWORTHY
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