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Refineries Needed

By on 6.8.06 | 12:38PM

The House did a little-noticed good thing yesterday in passing a bill aimed at boosting domestic refining capacity by streamlining the excessively bureaucratic permitting process for new or expanded facilities. Unfortunately, reports the Wall Street Journal, the Democrats in the Senate are expected to block the bill. Unbelievable. Gasoline prices have more than doubled in three years in large part because of a lack of refining capacity (combined with Demo-inspired bans on drilling in many, many places). Yet even now, even when the bill in question would not RELAX environmental regs but instead only help force regulatory agencies to stop their foot-dragging, the Senate Dems apparently remain too in thrall to the environmental extremists to approve such a necessary and commonsense measure. Read the story on page A-8 of the WSJ. The Dems really are outrageous.

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