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    Some gas in short supply in the South

    I went to fill up last night, and the pumps had a sign on them: No Plus or Super

    Looks like the refineries and pipeline still aren't running after Hurricane Ike.

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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    I've seen some comment suggesting that the local "shortages" are self induced, that is people who normally drive around 1/4 full have become worried and filled up. There's still the same amount of fuel but it now resides in cars.

    True or not, I dunno, but that did happen during tghe government induced gas shortages of the 70s.

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    It's true that a change in people's behavior can cause a shortage.
    But that's a short-lived phenomenon -- as soon as everyone who was going to start filling up sooner has started, the supply of gas will catch up with demand.

    The pipelines can only transport so many gallons per day. There are tanks at the distributors to deal with fluctuations (gas is delivered in batches through the pipeline, so there needs to be storage at the pipeline terminus in any case), but when a lot of people change their habits all at once, that storage isn't enough. But eventually, supply will catch up.

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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    Pipelines, shm-pipelines,

    Why do you live and die by pump prices?


    What about no plastic... no fertilizer... the issue being that that current fertilizer uses petroleum in every area of food production?

    Oh. Run for cover. World is now near riot with western-style ariculture and trade protection.

    You had a strong country in 1900AD, nearly destroyed it with errors like the Oklahoma dustbowl, when we in Europe were far beyond that with a War To End All Wars, and competition emerged

    but AMERICA doesn't get the message. FDR declared neutrality even while Jews were being killed/marginalized... you got many rich educated Jews, a charactistic of their nature.

    Isolated, Christian. Polite, fervently against nation intergity Pearl then in war with their own brothers in Europe, with the Communist Brother USSR... who were better land soldiers, except, perhaps on D-Day...

    But thread-drift... Do you seriously lie awake at night with pump-prices? While GWB has made the biggest military power into a religious weapon? And you are Constitutionally based on freedom from this?

    Why would you not deal with $5 gas?




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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    It's true that a change in people's behavior can cause a shortage.
    But that's a short-lived phenomenon -- as soon as everyone who was going to start filling up sooner has started, the supply of gas will catch up with demand.

    Chip H.
    We all want to believe that, anyway. But someday ...

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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    There are tanker-trucks bringing gasoline in from Tennessee and South Carolina to places like Asheville, which to all accounts, is bone dry of gasoline.

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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    Fragile economy?

    Was the food you eat, the power you use, come locally?

    The computer here is based on cheap labor.

    The main issues are over-population and resource depletion.

    the Waltons won't work...

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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    I went to fill up last night, and the pumps had a sign on them: No Plus or Super

    Looks like the refineries and pipeline still aren't running after Hurricane Ike.

    Chip H.
    That's interesting, as fuel is plentiful here - saw one station posted at $3.219 for 87 today. Of course, the pipeline through here runs to the CA refineries as well as the Texas ones.


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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    Quote Originally Posted by D_E_Davis


    That's interesting, as fuel is plentiful here - saw one station posted at $3.219 for 87 today. Of course, the pipeline through here runs to the CA refineries as well as the Texas ones.
    Will anything but farm tractors and Toyotas run on 87? And who pays for roads at $3.20/gallon? We in the civilised world pay $4.80 approx., of which much goes to pay for roads. Even then, patronage of urban rail has trebled in 5 years, and US car makers can't even give their vehicles away. My LS1 sedan is looking more and more like an icon of another age...

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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    Will anything but farm tractors and Toyotas run on 87?
    Hondas do also.

    And who pays for roads at $3.20/gallon?
    The same folks who paid when prices were $2.20/gallon.

    We in the civilised world pay $4.80 approx., of which much goes to pay for roads.
    Just when was EnZed allowed into the civilized world?

    Even then, patronage of urban rail has trebled in 5 years, and US car makers can't even give their vehicles away.
    Every maker here is having difficulties disposing of the SUV stock. OTOH hybrids and small cars are flying off the lots.

    My LS1 sedan is looking more and more like an icon of another age...
    Care for it, then - it may become valuable as an antique.



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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    Quote Originally Posted by D_E_Davis
    Quote Originally Posted by chiph
    I went to fill up last night, and the pumps had a sign on them: No Plus or Super

    Looks like the refineries and pipeline still aren't running after Hurricane Ike.

    Chip H.
    That's interesting, as fuel is plentiful here - saw one station posted at $3.219 for 87 today. Of course, the pipeline through here runs to the CA refineries as well as the Texas ones.
    We are still up at $3.60 in Florida.

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    Re: Some gas in short supply in the South

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg
    Will anything but farm tractors and Toyotas run on 87?
    US octane numbers are an average of the research & motor test values. You can just make out the formula on the button in the photo:

    (R + M) / 2

    I think the S2000 is the only Honda that requires premium (93 octane), with all the others running on regular (87 octane).

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