March 06, 2005
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.
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