Gut Rumbles
 

March 06, 2005

Another quote

Yeah, I know I already posted some quotes, but I'm going to post another one because I do not believe that enough people understand this simple fact:

Another thing we should do is make the EPA and all 50 states agree upon one blend of gasoline that fits most uses. Right now, the industry has to produce dozens of different blends to meet emmission standards across the country.

We don't have enough refineries, but that's not the real problem. Anybody who ever worked in production knows this little tidbit: You don't work in a Baskin Robbins store where the customer can just walk up and ask for the flavor that he wants and all you do is scoop it out of a box for him. You make "runs" of whatever product you need at the time, and your runs last as long as you can make them last.

Changing "flavors" costs money, affects quality and is a major pain in the ass. You want to "run" a grade as long as you can once you get the operation tuned. But refineries can't do that, because we don't have enough refineries, and therefore, they are changing "flavors" all the time. That costs money, reduces production and leads to the gas prices we're paying today.

And it ain't greedy "oil barons" causing this shit. This crap is the result of asshole environmentalists and rectum politicians, combined with an ignorant public. Putting gas in your vehicle isn't like walking up to a vending machine and choosing either Coke or Diet Coke. Coke has the time and the facilities to make "runs" of whatever flavor you want. Refineries don't, and gasoline costs you out the wazoo as a result.

I'll rant about the government's taxation role in this subject later.

Comments

You beat me to it, but most people don't realize how much of that $2.00 they pay for every gallon is in taxes. This money is supposed to be earmarked for highway construction, maintenance, etc. But, like most tax money, a lot of it gets redirected toward some other pet project along the way.

Posted by: Dash on March 6, 2005 09:05 PM

And that's only the direct take the government gets from the sale price. Things like these special blends add a huge extra overhead to the price before the tax even gets applied.

Posted by: McGehee on March 6, 2005 11:22 PM

Taxation....you want to talk taxation....an 8 mile drive across the state line saves me 30 cents a gallon....

Let's not talk taxes....I'm not scheduled for my next hissy-fit until Friday!

Posted by: Maggie on March 7, 2005 08:25 AM
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