I am a registered voter and taxpayer that supports our local Oil Workers in the Tri State area (Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey). I am extremely concerned about ConocoPhillips closure of their Trainer, Pa refinery in addition to Sunoco Oil Company's announced shutdown of their Philadelphia and Marcus Hook, Pa refineries.
The closing of these 3 refineries will be not only be a devastating blow to those communities and school districts in South Eastern Pa, but the whole Tri-State Area as well. Impact studies show that up to 10 jobs will be impacted for the loss of every 1 refinery job, and with the 2,000 jobs that will be lost immediately with the closure of these plants, that's 20,000 good paying middle class jobs lost, in a time when our economy can least afford it.
I support the creation of a "Fair Trade" tariff, instead of the "Free Trade" that is putting our workers and our National Security at a disadvantage with other countries. We shouldn't have to rely on foreign fuel to supply our Armed Forces. We should not have to live like nor compete with third world countries for our jobs.