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  •  I really think that this needs to be framed (6+ / 0-)

    as a national security issue.

    We need economic continuity plans in the event that there's another Katrina that wipes out our import facilities in Louisiana and Houston or a terrorist attack on the Saudi offloading facility at Ras Tanura.  There are bottlenecks in the system, and in the current context, there's no slack, so a serious crisis could lead to a situation in which there simply is no gasoline.

    Imagine corn rotting in the field because farmers either can't get or can't afford diesel for their tractors.  Imagine empty grocey stores, because there's no diesel to to keep the big rigs running, and warehouses full of perishable goods go bad, while Americans perish in the hundreds because they can't get food and medical supplies.  

    We need a government plan that provides for economic continuity in the case of a serious disruption of oil supplies.  I'm not talking about letting people drive their hummers 30 miles to and from work, I'm talking about preventing economic collapse if there's a crisis.

    We need leadership on this issue.  And it is one of national security.

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