Undoubtedly they do ... but if the new jobs don't equal the ones lost to oil refining that goes out of the country, it is not helpful.You don't think that alternative energy sources produce jobs?
But just as bad is that the goal is/was to make the US more independent of outside sources for petroleum products. If we have to import more due to sending the refining somewhere else, we are actually becoming MORE dependent on outside sources for petroleum products. It will take a while before we can eliminate petroleum products from the total energy picture for the US or the rest of the world.
Would it have been worth a bit of a tax break to keep those refinery jobs in the US ... so those employed there would be able to continue to pay income taxes & all those other taxes they'd be paying; continuing to put their $ into SS and Medicare; and not drawing out $ for unemployment comp & other services they won't be able to pay for without a job?