You are absolutely right! That triple damages taxation money should then be used to subsidize American shipping at all levels. Rather than give oil companies tax breaks to rape our resources and flush American workers and industry down the toilet it should be used to “make America great” instead of enriching political criminals and fattening corporate swine.
There is no law that forces the oil companies to drill or refine, or even exist. I would be delighted to see 10 a gallon gas if it meant that the American taxpayer got the benefit of American petroleum resources and all the infrastructure required to extract it. We could all afford to pay that price because we are paying more than that now but are too stupid to see it or admit it. I would love to see the presidents of "big oil" have to sell their mansions and live in trailer parks next to the workers they laid off so they could increase their multi-million bonuses.
Think about how many state of the art support vessels could be built for the price of a single piece of shit fighter or useless naval vessel then tell me why we should have to employ illegal aliens or $10 a day villagers to save Shell or BP a few dollars a day in charter rates?
It disgusts me to read on this site a post that suggests we “cost too much” to compete. Compete with what? Compete with whom? It is our oil, it is our nation, we don’t have to compete with Mexico, Malaysia, or any other Bumfukistan country to sell our labor and our oil at the cheapest rate to the richest corporations on the planet.
If I didn’t know that the only group who could fuck up the process more than it already is, is the government I would be all for nationalizing the oil industry from the ground to the refineries and completely sever every connection between the boardrooms and Congress.