We’ve had these half-baked comments before without detailed figures to back them up.
The US imports over 50% of the crude oil it uses. From that, It refines products from both imported and domestic crude. Currently, the US has excess refinig capacity and has been closing old refineries. Mexico has a continuing shortage of cash to build new refing capacity, mostly because its state oil company is milked dry by the government, leaving little money for capacity aditions and modernization.
So, crude exported from Mexico may partially find its way back as “gasolino” for Mexico’s rapidly growing car fleet.
Likewise, Canada exports large amounts of crude oil (the largest supplier to the US), but it also has a shortage of modern refining capacity. Eastern Canada, as well as the Eastern US import qite a bit of gasoline from Europe, which has large, modern refineries. Canada and the US have many pipeline connections and the Mid West can either import or export refined products depending on need.
Building a new refinery in the NE US in nigh impossible because of the NIMBY syndrome. That
is why Koch has refineries in the Virgin Islands entirely dedicated to export to the US.
Gasoline IS NOT A HAZARDOUS WASTE! It is the most valuable product to come out of a barrel and is no more toxic that diesel, jet fuel, bunker, and the rest. A barrel of crude may produce 35-45% gasoline and the rest all other products.
With respect to Japanese carmakers exporting to non US markets, that’s to be expected. The US production costs are now lower than in Japan. And quality is about the same. Honda built some special Civic coupes in Canada for export to Japan, since the demand there was low and the Canadian quality was as good as the Japanese.
There is nothing sinister about this. US designed vehicles are often produced in other countries, depending on cost and quality the two main drivers. The Chevy Cruse was designed by Opel with help from US owned Daewoo in Korea. The new Chevy Spark is a complete Daewoo design, modified for US roads and emissions.