Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Definition of Insanity

There is a saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Despite the experience during and after Katrina when 5% of the nation's refining capacity was offline and prices spiked to $6 for a gallon of gas in places and despite the (admittedly muted) discussion on the media concerning the wisdom of placing so much of this startegic infrastucture in harm's way, Motiva in it's infinite lack of wisdom has decided to double it's Port Aurthur plant's output to 570,000 barrels a day of refined gasoline. This news is reported at the same time that that plant is in the boresite of a catagory 5 hurricane. Am I the only person that sees a problem with this plan?

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