The gas/oil issue is really, really bugging me. With every story I read/hear I am amazed how poorly our country has planned for these type events. I think there need to be some serious trials/hearings to determine who is responsible and how the problems can be fixed (long term, in a realistic fashion). There are some questions that must be answered: 1. Since oil is a national security/economic interest why has the government be bullied by environmentalists and not built new Refineries and drilling stations? 2. Why are there no backup plans "just in case" of a natural disaster? 3. Why have gas prices been allowed to rise and rise and rise without any serious action? Why have they waited until now to take even a token action? The fact is there are no acceptable answers to these questions. Gas Prices Leap in Katrina's Aftermath In Christ, Martin.