HOUSTON, March 7 Motiva Enterprises
Chief Executive Dan Romasko said on Tuesday that U.S. consumers
would likely react negatively to higher fuel prices due to a
proposed border tax on imports.
"It's hard to imagine that consumers will accept the tax as
prices go up," Romasko said in remarks at the CERAWeek
conference in Houston. "It's hard to believe they won't think of
this as a subsidy to the energy producers."
The tax on imports proposed by the Trump administration
would likely lead to increases in domestic oil production to
take advantage of the demand from refiners for lower cost crude,
U.S. refiners would also improve operating efficiencies to
reduce their costs, Romasko said.
(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Marguerita Choy)