Harvey's Lessons for America's Stretched Energy Infrastructure

August 28, 2017

For more than 40 years, the U.S. has worried about the security of its oil supply. Hurricane Harvey is another reminder that the infrastructure that processes and delivers oil is in many ways more important.

After the Arab oil embargo, the U.S. began filling its Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which holds enough oil to offset 94 days of imports, according to the Energy Department. Yet it is a case of the generals fighting the last war. The U.S. imports about 25% less oil than it did a decade ago and exports over a million barrels a day, up from virtually nothing...

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