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California Is Buying Oil From OPEC, and Texas Is Sitting on a Glut of Crude 500 Miles Away!

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman – Feb 4, 2014 at 10:06AM

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Due to the Jones Act, California is paying more money for oil from Texas and must import much of its crude from OPEC.

Shipping crude oil from the Gulf Coast to California, a distance of just over 500 miles, takes weeks due to a severe lack of ground infrastructure, resulting in the black gold being carried via tanker through the Panama Canal.

Even worse for California refiners, due to the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also know as the Jones Act, the cost to carry American crude by sea is 10 times more expensive than the current market rate. California currently imports 24% of its crude from Saudi Arabia and another 13% from Iraq. With a glut of crude oil in America's heartland, who is profiting from the Jones Act and shouldn't Congress make a temporary compromise to ween ourselves off OPEC crude? 

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This segment is from Thursday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy and materials sectors, @TMFEnergy.

Joel South has no position in any stocks mentioned. Taylor Muckerman has no position in any stocks mentioned. Taylor Muckerman has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Kinder Morgan. The Motley Fool owns shares of Kinder Morgan. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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