Editorial: Congress and refining

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) faces several sticky issues in his quest, announced Sept. 26, for a legislative boost to US refining capacity. For starters, he and his colleagues in Congress have a credibility problem.“Hurricane Katrina has taught us some harsh lessons,” Barton said while introducing a discussion draft of the Gasoline for America’s Security Act of 2005. “One of those lessons resonated loudly in our committee’s hearing on Katrina: If we expect gasoline to remain affordable for America’s working people, we absolutely must build additional refinery capacity.”Concern for gasoline prices was nowhere in evidence when the House Energy and Comme...

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