Re: OIL FIRE
I don't take offense. I like an intellegent argument, and you're giving one. :approve:
I agree they should get a far shake, just like any other business.
If you wanted to open a crawfish cafe in Midland, Georgia, you could do it. Even though "some" people COULD get sick from eating too many crawfish and be harmed, you wouldn't be frozen out of your community and not be allowed to throw out your crawfish tails in the trash.
But the "oil companies" are frozen. We yell and scream at them to produce more product, but we won't let them open up any more stores! Go figger. No, it isn't exactly a 'clean' business, but it is being controlled now, so there's no reason why new refineries can't also be controlled. It will never be perfect.
But, because I believe in market forces, I believe we have to encourage 'someone' to provide more product to the marketplace. That means more domestic drilling and more domestic refineries. The whole 'stinking' coast of Texas and Louisiana is pockmarked with chemical plants and refineries, so it's high time some of the other coastal states took on more of the load, too.
That's my opinion based on I'm an old man now.