Editorial: Attention to refining

Attention to refiningIt took a body blow to national energy supply, but the subject of petroleum refining finally has the attention of the US Congress. For refiners and fuel consumers, an important question is whether attention of that sort is a good thing.Congress doesn’t often deal constructively with refining. Most of its members know little about refining, a technically complex subject having to do with facilities that are unappealing to several human senses and occasionally dangerous. Historically, lawmakers as a group have favored environmental caution over practicality when dealing with refining legislation and regulatory oversight. And some of them act as though they believe...

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