The last oil refinery was built 20 years ago. Katrina made us aware of the need. Sen Allen introduced legislation to set up three new oil refineries on closed military bases. The "Bolster Our Energy Security for Tomorrow" plan includes three new refineries with one dedicated to biofuels. This would not only address fuel needs but also impact the local economy where these bases have closed providing jobs and tax revenue. This sounds like a great plan to me. The closed bases already have basic infrastructure in place such as access roads, power supplies, security stations, etc. The good senator said this:
"We have a strategic petroleum reserve in our country and in my view, we need to also have a strategic approach to more refinery capacity as well," said Senator Allen .
"This measure works with the Governors in the States and the communities where military bases have been shut down in accordance with the will of the people to identify three bases that can have a new life by bringing in private industry to own and operate much needed oil refineries. This would be especially helpful as well in areas that may have a higher unemployment because people may want new jobs and opportunities where these military bases were closed."