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04:30 PM on 02/02/2011
I have a silly idea. This is what I found out on the composition of oil sands aka tar sands on the internet

"Oil sands – a mixture of 83% silica sand, 10% crude bitumen, 4% water, 3% clay contained in a fluvial sedimentary horizon."

Solar cells can be made out of silica. Solar cells require energy to produce. why not use the oil in these sands to fuel the making of solar cells and then ship them to Texas rather than the oil.
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10:14 AM on 02/03/2011
Already happening. You can't make a single solar product without some form of refined petroleum product.