Posted by: Fran 9/27/2005 11:45 AM
The president tells us that we must cut through more red tape to allow the building of new oil refineries in this country. I wonder if he's telling the truth??? (emphasis mine)
And, finally, these storms show that we need additional capacity in -- we need additional refining capacity, for example, to be able to meet the needs of the American people. The storms have shown how fragile the balance is between supply and demand in
Sounds to me like Dubya wants to use an emergency to by-pass the normal rules and regulations of a democracy. It sounds familiar to the Dubya, Cheney response to 9/11...keep the people panicked... WMD (gasoline prices), and do what you want...invade
This was an answer to a question:
And so I think if you take a good look at what it means to build a refinery, or expand a refinery, you'll find there's a lot of regulations and paperwork that are required, thereby delaying the capacity for more product to come on to the market and discouraging people from doing -- building refineries. That's why we haven't had one since 1970-something.
I assume we have increased our use of gasoline since the 1970's. How did we increase our supply without increasing our capacity?
A Dept of Energy affiliated website tells a different story about why we have fewer refineries. It seems Reagan might have had something to do with it: (emphasis mine)
The United States experienced a steep decline in refining capacity between 1981 and the mid-1990s. Between 1981 and 1989, the number of
Refinery closures have continued since 1989, bringing the total number of operable
While some refineries have closed, and no new refineries have been built in nearly 30 years, many existing refineries have expanded their capacities. As a result of capacity creep," whereby existing refineries create additional refining capacity from the same physical structure, capacity per operating refinery increased by 28% over the 1990 to 1998 period, for example. Overall, since the mid-1990s,