Get your facts straight. Higher prices can be attributed to those who trade in the product. I am not saying the oil companies don't make a lot of money, but...those working in the oil fields are a great example of trickle down economics. They make enough money to support other folks in other businesses. It is those who are trading in the product that are jacking the prices up in a major way...they are leaches on our economy...they provide no service or labor as they buy, mark up and sell. It was their speculation that drove the prices up from below $50 / bbl.. As for shutting down refinerys...look to the EPA and those ultra wise folk in such places as Hollywood and the anti carbon movement.