Let me pose a story problem:
You live in Washington. Apples are grown in Washington. Lots and lots and lots of apple trees. In fact, Washington is famous for apples. In further fact, you live next door to an apple orchard, and your neighbor, that nice Mr. Jones, will sell them to you for a great price. All you have to do is walk next door, fill your basket, and you're set to go. Nice, fresh apples, great price - sounds pretty good, right?
Would you rather get on a plane and fly to Virginia to buy your apples? They grow apples in Virginia. What's wrong with taking a little plane ride and getting your apples that way?
Well, you have to buy a plane ticket. You spend over three hours on the plane (and that's a direct flight ... if there are layovers, it could take the better part of a day from door to door). You get out to the apple orchard, get your apples, package them to survive the plane ride back, do the actual traveling, and arrive back home with your apples.
Which choice would you make?
I think it's pretty simple. We'd all go next door, wouldn't we?
So can someone please explain to me why we're buying fuel from clear around the world instead of getting it from the state in which we live? If anyone can answer that question for me in as simple of terms as I have asked the question, I would greatly appreciate it.