Editorial: A lingering supply issue

A year of rocky energy politics left unresolved too many issues crucial to US energy supply. Large among them is the potentially limitless legal liability hanging over makers or sellers of methyl tertiary butyl ether or gasoline containing it.Before passing the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Congress rejected a shield against one category of MTBE liability. Since then, two devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes have underscored the deficiency of US refining capacity relative to oil consumption. Legislation-some good, some not-surfaced late last year to encourage capacity additions. If lawmakers are serious about the ability of US refiners to meet national energy needs, they should look first for w...

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