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The Chinese investors who put billions into the Alberta tar sands development clearly weren't thinking ahead. Now they call on the lackeys of the multi-national oil companies in Congress to force a massive taking of private property for a pipeline that terminates at the EXPORT terminal in Port Arthur, Texas. It's expensive and very dirty oil and the only way Americans will get one drop of it is to pay top dollar. But it's better than fighting another oil war, so why not call it a military asset and let the Defense Department build and manage it, charge a delivery fee for commercial customers and siphon off some for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. It's not unprecedented -- Teapot Dome (before the scandals) was a federally owned oil field designed to fuel the Navy.