Question: Who / How can lower petroleum and petroleum based product (gasoline, diesel fuel, heating oil, petroleum based plastic products, etc.) prices? Answer: Your Congressman/woman! Problem Statement (without it seeming overly simplistic or attempting to cover every possible deviant or variation on this equation) Influence of and Perception of America's (so called) dependence upon Oil has been used quite adeptly to cause the anticipated multiple outcomes of: taking the fight out of many companies, municipalities, peoples and public perception caused many to just accept the prices at the pump as if there were nothing that could be done about it allowed many oil companies to get away with collusion, extortion, price gouging and general bad citizenry too many to have to live just to support the oil administration and their cronies in the oil companies, whilest stealing from their other pursuits, as if one could have afforded to pay so much unnecessarily . We have all heard it said and argued, and seemingly whether testifying before congress or public opinion on CNBC (as those commentators and anchors ask more tough questions that the congressional testimony sessions) the oil executives suggest that they deserve these humongous windfall profits whilest justifying what they're charging at the pump as if they really don't control what the price is that is being charged versus the old notions of: supply and demand of oil, and the greater world demand for oil and oil based products the overall reduction in the number of refineries in the US, as being the problem and bottleneck the nimby syndrome with respect to getting refineries built or brought online, as if it really takes over 7+ years to achieve the general attitude that continues to be suggested that "there's nothing you can do even if you wanted to" we're not benefiting from these high prices, oh excuse me whilest I report over $31 Billion in operating profits in 1 quarter its not our money, its the (mysteriously anomalous) shareholders money and deserved profits the perception that there needs to be over 20+ formulations of MBTE's, ethanol and other pollution limiting additives to gasoline as part of the problem influencing supply through the refineries Solution: restore competition Consider: --- since the problem is both this oil administration and their tacit encouragement of these oil companies as well as their blocking efforts to deflate or talk down the oil prices, then consider the logical alternatives to them --- identify the lack of action on the part of so many municipalities, state governments and local / regional administrations as the problem too --- commit publicly to deflating these artificially high and propped up petroleum prices by beginning to talk them down --- acknowledge that whilest global demand for oil and oil reserves has risen, the prices for oil based products in the US has quintupled out of proportion to this global rise in demand and as such is significantly overvalued --- remove the bottlenecks to creating new refineries and most importantly not leave it in the hands of the oil administration or companies to build, run or control --- in short, compete with the refineries to increase supply and collapse these artificially high gasoline and petroleum product prices Fact: Some of the lowest gasoline prices exist regularly in South Carolina and New Jersey. New Jersey has a tremendous industrial and refinery base and their state residents reap the benefits of gasoline many times almost $.20 lower than the surrounding states of Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Connecticut. It is no coincidence that where the refineries are, the cost of gasoline is as low as possible. IDEA: Take the same determination and can-do approach that was used before and during WWII in the US to solve the monumental problems that they were facing at that time. Consider these oil prices and how its being shoved down the economy as a monumental problem, in the US. Commit to building state owned and run small to medium sized refineries on state controlled lands. Commit to bringing these online in 12 months, not 84 months. Commit to waiving the prohibitive restrictions and other impediments to building refinery capacity that are state mandated and can be negotiated down on the federal mandates so that this could be achieved. Commit to bringing online at least two to four of these in each state or at least in each pair of states. Remove from the arguement and public debate that it can't nor will be done. Or, accept present conditions as we continue to slide into financial collapse whilest these oil companies and this oil administration continue to allow these conditions to strangle everyone.