Delaware Oil Refinery Asks Taxpayers to Protect it From Rising Sea Levels

July 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM 2 comments

Ah yes, on to the next great ripoff.  Here we have a Delaware oil company, a direct contributor to climate change, asking taxpayers to protect it against rising sea levels caused by ah, climate change:

PBF INdustries pbfenergy.com

(Image via PBFEnergy.com)

Big oil companies invest big chunks of their profits (which are bigger than many countries’) into climate change denial. As I wrote a while ago, 9 out of 10 top climate change deniers are linked with Exxon Mobil, the biggest private oil company. Still, there are some brilliant scientists working for oil companies, and they understand what is happening and preparing for it – after all, you wouldn’t make plans to explore oil in the Arctic areas if the ice wasn’t melting.

Good point.

They’re also very open in accepting climate change when it suits them. Recently, an oil refinery from Delaware [PBF Energy] is asking taxpayers to pay for protecting it from rising sea levels. The refinery is just on the water front, and vulnerable to sea level rise, storms and even coastal erosion. Naturally, they invested lots of money in the facility, and don’t want to see it destroyed.

The federal Coastal Zone Management Act provides grants to states for projects such as building out natural barriers, like dunes, to protect against storm surges. The oil refinery believes it too can ask for money, after making its “fair share” of contributions to global warming.

“The extent of the shoreline erosion has reached a point where facility infrastructure is at risk,” says the permit application from the company.

Well sure, we wouldn’t want any damage to be done to the refinery by global warming, especially as refineries are one of the main causes of global warming. We should protect it, so that it can cause even more global warming, so that we can protect it more.

More…

The gall.  Oh the gall.

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Entry filed under: Energy, Global Warming is Here, Our Tax Dollars, Science, Technology.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim Truett  |  July 31, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Gall, yes. But good fortune too, that they’re incorporated in Deleware. Were it a North Carolina corporation, it would be unlawful for them to make building plans or financial solicitations based on climate projections that include or refer to Global Warming or Climate Change.

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  July 31, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Yeah. North Carolina’s a piece of work, huh?

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