The main problem with getting one for older folk is screen size. It works fine for me and my kids, but big screens with large type is really useful. I'm sort of suprised Google didn't supply a "large print" option.
I've also seem complaints that while remote desktop to PCs is supported, remoting into the Chromebook is not. Anyone who's tried helping their nearly-deaf technology challenged parents over the phone understand the issue.
Thankfully, it appears Google is working on adding that particular feature.
I've been pushing family members to chromebooks for awhile now. Hook the thing up to an external monitor and they are happy. I agree on the remote desktop issue. I can't remote in to some of them!
Bullocks. The USA is importing crude oil like mad, because refined gasoline is our biggest export. Refineries are insanely profitable. Compare the cost of crude now to what it was 5 and 10 years ago. US oil production has also gone up like mad the past five years.
Refineries are not all profitable. Ask Pennsylvania about their refineries or the one that just closed on St. Croix.