5 major refineries closed down in the last two years for various reasons.Like any complex issue there is plenty of blame to go around for any momentary glitch. Seems like we need to add in the refineries totalled a couple years ago in one of the many hurricanes hitting the south coast a couple years ago. And not yet back online. I am not sure what it would take to get the oil companies off their duffs. They are more directly affected by legislation. Which in my opinion is almost never well written.
What it would take to get the oil companies "off their duffs" is the assurance that investing billions of dollars into new refineries or bringing old refineries back on line will be profitable for them when done. It takes years to build or repair....that is why you have to stay ahead of the game.
When you have an administration dedicated to making exploration, production, permits and restrictions as onerous as possible....why would the oil companies invest based on that?
Bidens actions and proposals such as canceling the Keystone pipeline, suspension of new federal oil and gas leases, higher drilling fees on federal land and Liberal-led push for climate change policies.... sent a very clear signal to US Oil producers.
There is quite a frosty relationship between this administration and Oil Companies. So the physiological aspect of it leaves something to be desired.
We have diplomatic relations with Nations that hate us....but supply us oil. We exercise 'diplomacy' with Iran, Ukraine, Venezuela, Saudi Arabia. How about we try a little of that right here at home. If Biden and the rest of the Green New Deal advocates weren't so hell bent on an adversarial relationship, it wouldn't hurt things.
Yes, it is complex, yes there is blame to share. I don't have all the answers but I DO know you can't spit in someone's face then turn around and expect them to help.