Possible Gasoline Shortage In Atlanta

Sorry for cutting and pasting, but this is important. This is from today’s AJC.

Metro Atlanta drivers are facing the possibility of paying considerably more than $3 a gallon for gas by Labor Day ó if they can get it at all.

The two pipelines that bring gasoline and jet fuel to the region are down ó powerless to pump as Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on electrical infrastructure.

The metro Atlanta region generally has about a 10-day supply of gasoline in inventory, said BP spokesman Michael Kumpf. The pipelines have been down for two days.

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16 Comments so far

  1. Mike (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 2:16 am

    Funny you should mention this. I was at a convenience store in Acworth Monday and the clerk said that their price was going to $3.00 a gallon on Tuesday. They were at $2.51/gallon when I was there. So that was going to be a $.49/gallon increase overnight.

    Yes, I’m sure there are shortages, but I’m also skeptical about some price increases like this. I imagine there will be some price gouging happening at some places. I know that some folks were caught and fined for price gouging immediately after 9/11. They jacked the price up for no reason in an attempt to take advantage of the circumstances. They were busted.

    I hope gas keeps going up. Only then will we finally be forced to find some alternatives and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I read yesterday that OPEC is going to do everything they can to keep prices down. Normally I’d say “hogwash” to that, but I’ll bet they are scared. Necessity is the mother of invention. If it gets bad enough, we will find a better way to do it. Then our “good friends” in the middle east will have to rely on exporting sand or camels.

    Heck, I heard that a guy in California jury-rigged a kit for his car a couple of weeks ago that now allows him to get 250 miles/gallon. If the oil companies haven’t already killed him, he can patent that thing and make billions.

  2. Andrew (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 6:51 am

    I won’t say that I’m in favor of gas prices hitting $3.00+ per gallon, but this is something that I feel this country needs. We have single adults cruising the streets of this country (and Atlanta in particluar) in 4000lb vehicles consuming gas at an alarming rate. There’s only one thing that’s going to get these folks out of these wasteful vehicles and that’s the rising cost of gas.

  3. jehad (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    i agree with the above comments…if it becomes not about environmental reasons or war or what not, which tend to be divisive, but instead becomes about our wallets, and companies learn how to market this smartly across the public spectrum then we may finally see changes…but the cynic in me also remembers gas shortages over 20 years ago, the fall and rise of small fuel efficient cars 15 or so years ago, etc.

    interesting opinion piece on the cost of gas in america (indeed, cheaper than most places in the west), how we expect the low cost and how the govt panders to our addiction to cheap gas through subsidies.


  4. True Believer (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 4:03 pm

    It’s great that we can take time out from our cushy jobs to talk about the rising prices of gas forcing people to drive less, but there are a lot of people out there who don’t have any money and any choice. Rising gas prices aren’t good for anyone.

  5. jehad (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 4:27 pm

    true believer..fine with what you are saying though not sure what you consider qualifies as a lack of any choice or a cushy job and not sure what you offer as both a long term and short term solution … continued govt subsidies to gas companies and feeding people’s addiction to cheap gas for their gas guzzling, environmentally damaging SUVs???

  6. Christy (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 4:31 pm

    From what I am hearing, people are not listening to the Governor and panicking. No doubt that there might be some shortage but people going out and lining up four cars deep to get gas is crazy. If we just all me more mindful and start carpooling and acting like we have some brains during this crisis, then we will be fine. Going out and filling up all your gas cans and that kind of stuff is just crazy. We should not let the media outlets scare us into acting like those people who are looting in LA.

  7. jehad (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 5:46 pm

    yeh this is the whole “tv is scaring me” mentality. Lets focus on reality. be rational. one day at a time.

    I carpool.

  8. Briam (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 6:06 pm

    I agree… a co-worker and I are going to start up our car pool again… it kinda died down. Don’t panic… Do what you can. Don’t worry about what you cant.

  9. Dry snitcher (unregistered) on August 31st, 2005 @ 9:58 pm

    The governer has declaired on the 6:00PM news that gouging is illegal (Up to a $15000,00 Fine) turn in the SOB’S for gouging gas prices 404-651-8600…………..

  10. shoobiedoobie (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 10:21 am

    you are a dumbass for forwarding this email to such a huge reading audience.

    people like you should be sued for dumbass moves like that

  11. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:02 am

    You’re right.

    It’s not like people would have seen the story without my help.

    It was, after all, carefully hidden ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE LARGEST NEWSPAPER IN THE CITY!

  12. jehad (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:22 am

    interestingly enough, every single person i saw interviewed on tv and asked why they were in line buying gas said that they heard about the pending doom/shortage from mr. nouraee at the atlanta metblog. true story…well not really, but kidding aside, everyone they did ask said they heard about it in an email or online or from a friend who read it online. amazing how panic spreads via the internet…

    …and how no one in this city really reads THE LARGEST NEWSPAPER IN THE CITY.

  13. Franko (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:37 am

    I just want to give everybody a slap. Fossil Fuel is history. Everyone needs to focus on other energy sources. Start hammering your deadbeat politicians to get off their fat lazy _sses and stop taking money from the greedy oil companies and serve the people! And one last thing, turn off the stupid box (TV) and start getting involved in making things happen!

  14. Andisheh Nouraee (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 11:46 am

    Before I let you slap me, please tell us what kind of car you drive.

  15. Eve (unregistered) on September 1st, 2005 @ 1:54 pm

    I agree with us needing to have an alternative fuel source. It is by far long overdue. But, if I want to drive an SUV (which I don’t by the way) that is my choice. Liberals! Get over yourself. Do your part and stop worrying about what someone else is or isn’t doing.

  16. Melissa (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2005 @ 9:32 am

    As I am reading all of this, I can’t help but think how lucky we all are. Sometimes it is better to count your blessings. Gas prices going up is such a small price to pay. Regardless of how you feel about it, at least we all have cars to put gas in, and safe bodies to put in our cars. Some people in our own country don’t have a home, family or even a place to use the bathroom.I am pretty sure they would trade places with you in a heartbeat!

    Be grateful for what you have, it could be taken away any second!

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