Gas shortage is YOUR fault

Aug 8, 2006 at 7:31 PM
The swarms of people flocking to the pump are proof that there is a sucker born every minute.

If you've been clamoring for gasoline, in fear that there won't be a drop left for you in the end, then the gas shortage is your fault.

Today, I needed to go to town to run some errands, and my tank was running low, maybe a quarter tank. This is a perfectly reasonable reason to get gas.

So, after the half hour trip to town, I stopped for gas. I wondered what the line was about. By the time my line was up to me, there just wasn't any left. The girl apologized, and said she couldn't help me (we're not allowed to pump our own gas in the great state of Oregon, so she was supposed to have come over, taken my money and filled my tank).

Apparently every single person in the county had come to my sleepy little one-gas-station two-stoplight town looking for gasoline. I presume that this was because there wasn't any elsewhere. There aren't as many people in our little town as could have used up that gas in a single morning.

So, it's YOUR fault I don't have enough gas to make it to town and back again.

No matter what anyone says, there is no shortage of gas really. It's another ploy to raise the prices and create panic. Another ploy to get attention away from something else. (Beats me what, but something.)

It's summer, and "they" want to raise the prices again. Every summer there is a panic situation created so that prices go WAY up and then only slightly down. Presumable the "they" I refer to would be who ever profits from the prices going up.

My guess? Somewhere in the meetings and meetings about meetings over in the middle east, someone agreed to something they would otherwise not have agreed to by being paid off. How were they paid off? By promise of making a big deal out of a little crisis, so that the price of gas in the US goes up by ____ cents (fill in the blank). Thusly allowing said person in the position to give us what we want to profit insanely.

If this were the case, I would not be mad about the agreement to provide incentive. Often, the decisions that must remain clandestine are only kept so because they make way too much sense and work too well to be publicly announced. But I am pissed about the decision to skyrocket the price of gas. I for one don't like the idea that all of you are falling for it.

If it's not a clandestine conspiracy then it's a sorry waste of a panic. If you're going to have a panic, this is sure a stupid reason.

Here's why there is no crisis. Prudhoe bay does not generate even close to a majority of the oil that we use in the US. So, for 6 months or so, I predict that other ends of the pipeline will probably be made to up their production some, and the reserves will be tapped into. OF course we can also lean heavily on whoever that is the US has sold their soul to.

There is no crisis.

So all you panicking idiots out there just


I'm not interested in paying four dollars a gallon of gas for the next year because you guys all had to have your gas RIGHT NOW, raising the price to five bucks (temporarily) and then back down to four (permanently).

Consumers set the price of gas, NOT the gas futures market. It is not possible for a crisis to create higher prices unless we all agree there is a crisis. Gas will be priced at whatever we will pay. IN a "scarcity of" situation, we'll pay way more.


Take the idiots who run to the store to buy duct tape at $4.50 a roll during hurricanes. Even though there is still no duct tape left in the store, once the hurricane is over and the perceived scarcity of duct tape goes away, the price goes back down.

Same with gas. The only thing you can do if you're worried about gas prices is stop buying so darn MUCH of it. So every one of you nervous nellies who ran out to the gas station today to top off all of your cars, you're a sucker.

1 Responses to Gas shortage is YOUR fault

  1. Mikey Says:

    That about sums it up. I don't know why people are allowing themselves to forget their misgivings from gas hike to gas hike. Doesn't it seem like everyone has just enough time to stop being pissed about the last gas hike when the next one hits. You can set your watch by it.