"I'll take clean water over cheap gas any time" said a man interviewed by PBS
"The News Hour With Jim Lehrer".
Despite all of the furor over gasoline prices and the claims that it is the greedy oil companies who are manipulating supplies at the refineries and thus ratchet up the price of gasoline. Despite all of the claims that despite the occasional fall in petroleum prices are not followed with a decline at the pump and thus price gouging is taking place by the oil companies - the Environmentalists and their Democratic allies have teamed up to get several recent plans to expand existing refineries around the nation shut down.
In Detroit Marathon Petroleum wants to expand their unit by 15% to allow them to accept in more resources in from nearby Canada - a supply that is not threated by the politics of the Middle East.
In the Chicago area BP proposes to expand their existing plant. It takes in water from Lake Michigan for their process and discharges it, having cleaned it up to a state near the state it was received. A slight amount of chromium, and 4 other pollutants are added as a result.
This proposal has brought out a fury of environmentalist who consume gasoline but have a "NIMBY" philosophy. It is far easier to "Blame Bush", an Oil Man, for the high oil prices centrally caused by the lack of refinery capacity in America.
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