The business of change

Robert Brelsford Downstream Technology Editor Change is messy, demanding both courage and vision to risk comfortable todays for promising tomorrows. The petroleum industry endures because it identifies when change is necessary, confronts the uncertainties involved, and acts with the mettle to evolve. The laws and policies that govern this industry should do the same. Any sampling of headlines in recent weeks shows a repeated call for lawmakers to lift the embargo on the export of US-produced crudes—a ban (with very narrow exceptions) instituted during the 1970s when US refiners were at the mercy of constrained foreign supplies. But as Heraclitus observed, "All is flux, nothing stays ...

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