I firmly support the sustainability of the Phillips 66 refinery. I am of the age to have experienced the Arab oil embargo in the early 1970s — when gas was available only on alternate days, and the lines were three blocks long to get to a pump. We need domestic oil. This is an important component of homeland strength and American jobs.
America needs to become energy independent. Our dependence on foreign oil puts us at risk. We have our Navy protecting our oil supply instead of protecting us.
The more oil we refine in the states, the less we have to import. We are an energy driven society; there are still many more years ahead before we can find a reliable and affordable alternative energy to feed our energy dependent economy and our livelihoods.
If the Phillips 66 rail extension project is denied and the refinery downsizes even further, hundreds of people could lose their jobs, our dependence on foreign oil increases and our economy plunges. It seems like the opposition wants us to hurt ourselves before there is a reliable alternative.