Gut Rumbles

August 22, 2003

this story does not give me gas

I cruised home on Wednesday evening and needed to buy gas, but I decided to wait and do it on the way to work the next morning. The station with the fast pumps was on the wrong side of the road. Gas was $1.49 per gallon at the time.

The next morning, when I stopped at the fast gas-pump store, I paid $1.56 for gas. The price of gas went up seven cents per gallon overnight.

It might get worse.

Dwindling supplies in the face of increased demand threaten to push pump prices over the national record set last mid-March, when markets were shaken by the prospects of a war with Iraq.

On Thursday, the markets "went ballistic," says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service in Lakewood, N.J. That means the highest pump prices ever seen are just a few days away.

When you pay the highest prices ever known for gas, just think about the caribou you are saving in the ANWR. YOU may be getting drilled in the wallet, but we're NOT drilling oil there. That's a wonderful thing, isn't it? Saving Gaia and all that horseshit? Aren't you a happy little environmentalist?

If you are, you can bite ME.


I'm paying 1.69 for regular down here, Unc. Of course, I don't have income tax. But when these good ole boys decided to go with sin taxes instead, they had my number.

Posted by: Velociman on August 22, 2003 08:23 PM

You are wrong about the "no drilling" limitations on the ANWR being about saving carbou. Drilling for oil and establishing wells and pipelines has virtually no effect on caribou populations. The Alaskan Pipeline project proved this fact.

The ban on drilling is due to the political power of the eco-dopes, their popular pseudoscience research and the gutless nature of our elected officials., however you did write "That's a wonderful thing, isn't it? Saving Gaia and all that horseshit" so the reality of the matter is probably not news to you. If so, please ignore my rant.

Posted by: James on August 22, 2003 08:36 PM

I noticed this up the street from me. We went from 1.47 to 1.57 instantly, when it usually moved a maximum of 3 cents in a week.

Posted by: Jay Solo on August 22, 2003 08:44 PM

I've noticed the price going up a nickel or so EVERY Thursday, and then it goes back down Sunday night. Some weeks. Some weeks it just stays up there and then goes up the following Thursday.

Posted by: Patrick on August 22, 2003 08:49 PM

I payed $2.16 a gallon two days ago. I am in the People's Republic of California (soon to be Alta California de Aztlan when the chumps out here vote Cruz Bustamante in as replacement governor).

Posted by: bear, the (one each) on August 22, 2003 09:11 PM

Caribou are tasty. I say we just shoot them all, then the enviro-idiots will shut up. About drilling, anyway.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 22, 2003 09:35 PM

Nah.. jackrabbits still roam in West Texas, deer still appropriate in East Texas and cattle still graze in South Texas.. it ain't about animal habitats

Posted by: TexasGal on August 22, 2003 09:46 PM

From what I've read, ANWR quite simply doesn't have that much to offer us in terms of volume of resources. A few months' worth at the most.

Posted by: dragonfly jenny on August 22, 2003 10:38 PM

Up in my neck of the woods, regular is $1.69/gallon. Some parts of Wisconsin, regular is $1.76-$1.80/gallon. When I was in Hawaii in March, regular was $2.01/gallon.

Posted by: Dawn on August 22, 2003 10:57 PM

Lets look at this logically: does ANWR have enough oil to roast all the caribou AND provide sufficent energy to cool several cases of beer for the resulting party? If so, the solution is obvious.

I will supply the BBQ sauce.

Posted by: James on August 22, 2003 11:07 PM

Do not forget to establish a "strategic oil reserve". We may need it to manufacture those blue and red plastic cups in case somebody shows up with a keg.

Posted by: minion on August 22, 2003 11:37 PM

$1.89 & climbing for unleaded regular here in my neck of the "People's Republic of California (soon to be Alta California de Aztlan)" -- good one, Bear! Of course that may all change if we become minions of the Gubinator instead... sigh. No wonder I never get to go anywhere -- I have to make a tank of gas last 4 weeks now to survive! =[

Posted by: Marianne on August 22, 2003 11:51 PM

By the way, if you think you all y'all pay a lot for gas...

94 octane premium is $1.80 or so now in NY (up from ~$1.70ish a month or two ago). I need 13.5 gallons of that, and 5 gallons of Toluene to mix the ~100 octane fuel my road rocket requires. So, the total cost for a tank of gas is around $50. That lasts me about 280 miles on a good week with a tail wind.

Ah, the wonderful fun that is owning a turbocharged car. :)

Oh well, still cheaper than paying $5/gallon for 100 octane race fuel.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 23, 2003 12:21 AM

$1.60 last week.........$2.14 this week.

Yeah. Guess where I live...

Posted by: Da Goddess on August 23, 2003 01:12 AM

I spoke to soon. $1.47 a few days ago,$1.57 at noon today, $1.73 tonight. At a cheap station.

Posted by: Jay Solo on August 23, 2003 01:33 AM

I just drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles and paid $2.35 a gallon to get there. Maybe I should consider moving....I haven't seen gas as low as $1.56 in as long as I can remember!!

Posted by: DogsDon'tPurr on August 23, 2003 01:50 AM
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