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Filled up this morning in Chicago. No other cars there.

Nice try, OP.
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why does the states always have issues?
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Because we border Canada AND Mexico.
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#1 question I was asked when visiting Europe - Do you Americans REALLY need all those cars?

The answer: Yes, we do.

Euros really cannot grasp how big the US is and how far apart things are.

So for some perspective - Most people in the US travel about the distance from Versailles to Paris to get to work. Many work 2x that far or the distance from Chartes to Paris. In many areas of the country, people have to travel at least an hour to just get to the grocery store. I have a friend in the southwest with a 2 hour drive one way to get to any major retail stores. Unless you live in a large city - there is no public transportation available. Even then, if you live any distance outside of town, and work odd hours - you can't rely on buses that only run during rush hours.

The US just couldn't function with high gas prices. $5/gallon is a major tipping point. That's when our economy will just about collapse. It's where it becomes too expensive to get to work. Even at current rates and with a small car - people are paying up to a full day's wages to fill their tank for the week. If the price goes up - then you're looking at working for nearly 2 days just to pay to get to and from the job. THEN, you have stores that have to raise their prices because the companies that supply the product have to raise their prices to cover the cost of gas. So now you have 3 1/2 days pay left to buy the necessities whose prices have just gone up. AND your gas and electric bills have also gone up.

Since many people live paycheck to paycheck - gas price increases can be the difference between having a roof over their head or living in their cars.

I really believe that the monster gas prices we had a few years ago, where we nearly hit the $5/gallon mark nationwide, was a test to see what the tipping point was. We barely survived the $4.59 - $4.89 range. (Many states halted their gas taxes to help keep the gas from going over $5)

If the government could figure a way to get our gas prices back down into the $2.50 range - we could actually see an uptick in the economy. It's not that we're gas greedy - it's just that our entire country depends on it because we are so large.
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buncha whiney babies. we pay over $8 a gallon.
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you can thank your socialist policies for that dipshit!
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are memories...

I remember - a time of chaos, ruined dreams - this wasted land.

But most of all I remember the Road Warrior.

The men we called Max!

To understand who he was you have to go back to another time.

When the world was powered by the black fuel and the deserts sprouted great cities of pipe and steel.

Gone now. Swept away...

Two mighty warrior tribes went to war.

...And touched off a blaze which engufled them all.

Without fuel - they were nothing.

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The thundering machines sputterd and... stopped!

Their leaders talked and talked and talked...

But nothing could stem the avalanche.

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A whirlwind of looting. A firestorm of fear.

Men began to feed on men.

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Only those mobile enough to scavenge.

Brutal enough to pillage. Would survive.

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Ready to wage war for a tank of juice.

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battered and smashed.

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... in the roar of an engine he lost everything!

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Now just imagine when food is nowhere to be found! LOL!
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And prescriptions. Imagine millions of hungry armed people going through the DT's, jones'n for their antidepressants and *hillbilly heroin* (pain pills).

We won't be able to leave the house without being strapped and we'll be up all night guarding our medicine cabinets and gardens. People that don't like pit bulls and Rottweilers will have backyards full of them. And those dogs will be underfed too. Roaming the streets all day searching for food of any kind and guarding the yard at night.

Has ANYBODY here seen Don Johnson's first movie "A Boy and His Dog"? It's one of those post apocalyptic flicks, but it's surprising, well written and filmed, funny and all too possible (mostly). Check it out if you haven't. It's way worth the time. Almost, kinda, the lighter side of doom. And I'm sure it's where the idea for Road Warrior came from.
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Fuel shortage because we've been selling so much gas to Mexico. People forget just because we drill oil here in the US doesn't mean it stays here. Oil companies sell to highest bidder. Period.
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?? We are net exporter. You are net importer. Fact.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24995566


I just found this regarding exporting to Mexico:

"Reportedly in recent weeks, local refineries were dropping production levels, exporting supply to Mexico and other countries, and allowing inventory to dwindle in anticipation of switching over to production of winter blend gasoline, then a refinery power outage and a pipeline incident occurred on Monday that sent wholesale markets into a panic about the adequacy of California fuel supplies," said Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

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Every time someone in EU mentions that I have to ask this... What do you consider a long trip? I have to drive 60 miles round trip just to get groceries. Spaces and towns are a bit farther apart in the USA.
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This is true...I consider anything over 5 miles to be well, miles.
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Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
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Filled up this morning in Chicago. No other cars there.

Nice try, OP.
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Central FL ..NO lines
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Filled up this morning in Chicago. No other cars there.

Nice try, OP.
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Lot's of gas

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You guys are panicking over absolutely nothing.

This is a very temporary issue.

No gas doom coming.
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Russia CAN be seen from Alaska! I have never understood why it's a joke. Perhaps the uneducated laugh because Sarah Palin said it. She's not stupid!
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I know it's possible but Tina Fey said it on SNL.

90% of the population believe Palin actually said it.

A comedian on a television show that airs at nearly midnight during the weekend created opinions, policy and changed votes.

That is the horrible joke that's not funny.
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You guys are panicking over absolutely nothing.

This is a very temporary issue.

No gas doom coming.
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Not until after the elections... I DECLARE WAR !!! Is Spoken...
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Fuel shortage because we've been selling so much gas to Mexico. People forget just because we drill oil here in the US doesn't mean it stays here. Oil companies sell to highest bidder. Period.
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?? We are net exporter. You are net importer. Fact.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24995566


You fact is fiction.

The USA exports aproximately 100 million more barrels per year than we consume. We import 700 million barrels and export about 800 million.

Anyone who talks about our dependence on foreign oil is a tool.
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Russia CAN be seen from Alaska! I have never understood why it's a joke. Perhaps the uneducated laugh because Sarah Palin said it. She's not stupid!
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I know it's possible but Tina Fey said it on SNL.

90% of the population believe Palin actually said it.

A comedian on a television show that airs at nearly midnight during the weekend created opinions, policy and changed votes.

That is the horrible joke that's not funny.
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The funny thing is those that work hard are usually asleep at that time.... So I guess we know who she was speaking to..
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Russia CAN be seen from Alaska! I have never understood why it's a joke. Perhaps the uneducated laugh because Sarah Palin said it. She's not stupid!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24945571



I know it's possible but Tina Fey said it on SNL.

90% of the population believe Palin actually said it.

A comedian on a television show that airs at nearly midnight during the weekend created opinions, policy and changed votes.

That is the horrible joke that's not funny.
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Russia CAN be seen from Alaska! I have never understood why it's a joke. Perhaps the uneducated laugh because Sarah Palin said it. She's not stupid!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24945571



I know it's possible but Tina Fey said it on SNL.

90% of the population believe Palin actually said it.

A comedian on a television show that airs at nearly midnight during the weekend created opinions, policy and changed votes.

That is the horrible joke that's not funny.
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Seems that's what happens to those who do not pay attention and just react.

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Filled up this morning in Chicago. No other cars there.

Nice try, OP.
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Central FL ..NO lines
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Gas Panic PSYOP FAIL
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3.39 gal here in sc. peaceful as can be..
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SACRAMENTO,CALIFORNIA:

I have noticed the prices creeping up lately, was around $4.00 last month now up to 4.69 at some of the stations for a gallon of regular, premium was 4.99.

ARCO was at 4.09 and YES they had lines...
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i paid $6.10 a gallon yesterday in Medellin, Colombia.
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#1 question I was asked when visiting Europe - Do you Americans REALLY need all those cars?

The answer: Yes, we do.

Euros really cannot grasp how big the US is and how far apart things are.

So for some perspective - Most people in the US travel about the distance from Versailles to Paris to get to work. Many work 2x that far or the distance from Chartes to Paris. In many areas of the country, people have to travel at least an hour to just get to the grocery store. I have a friend in the southwest with a 2 hour drive one way to get to any major retail stores. Unless you live in a large city - there is no public transportation available. Even then, if you live any distance outside of town, and work odd hours - you can't rely on buses that only run during rush hours.

The US just couldn't function with high gas prices. $5/gallon is a major tipping point. That's when our economy will just about collapse. It's where it becomes too expensive to get to work. Even at current rates and with a small car - people are paying up to a full day's wages to fill their tank for the week. If the price goes up - then you're looking at working for nearly 2 days just to pay to get to and from the job. THEN, you have stores that have to raise their prices because the companies that supply the product have to raise their prices to cover the cost of gas. So now you have 3 1/2 days pay left to buy the necessities whose prices have just gone up. AND your gas and electric bills have also gone up.

Since many people live paycheck to paycheck - gas price increases can be the difference between having a roof over their head or living in their cars.

I really believe that the monster gas prices we had a few years ago, where we nearly hit the $5/gallon mark nationwide, was a test to see what the tipping point was. We barely survived the $4.59 - $4.89 range. (Many states halted their gas taxes to help keep the gas from going over $5)

If the government could figure a way to get our gas prices back down into the $2.50 range - we could actually see an uptick in the economy. It's not that we're gas greedy - it's just that our entire country depends on it because we are so large.
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Copernica - neat name - you are 100% right. I lived in Germany for a long time. Distances we have here in the States are simply beyond their experience.
In the places where Europe is rural, people have cars.
They understand, but most do not.

My better half says nuking the gasoline tax would be the single BIGGEST thing we could do to save the country.
Now is the time.
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Fuel shortage because we've been selling so much gas to Mexico. People forget just because we drill oil here in the US doesn't mean it stays here. Oil companies sell to highest bidder. Period.
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?? We are net exporter. You are net importer. Fact.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24995566


You fact is fiction.

The USA exports aproximately 100 million more barrels per year than we consume. We import 700 million barrels and export about 800 million.

Anyone who talks about our dependence on foreign oil is a tool.
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Okay, I concede. You just made it in 2011. Congrats! I guess. Does Obama get credit?

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$4.02 a gallon in Southern Colorado.
Glad I filled the tank when I did weeks ago, I don't drive much but it is a nice thing to have.
*Stares at my shelves* also nice to have a full larder.
rockon

A little known fact, when you buy a gallon of petrol it isn't actually a full gallon, more like 4/5ths of a gallon.
Do your own test, buy a 1 gallon gas can, buy 1 gallon of gas, notice it isn't even close to bein full?
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Every time someone in EU mentions that I have to ask this... What do you consider a long trip? I have to drive 60 miles round trip just to get groceries. Spaces and towns are a bit farther apart in the USA.
 Quoting: MaryAlananB


I know, it pisses me off when I read that too. Not only are things more spread out here, for the most part we DO NOT have much in the way of public transportation. In the area where I live unless you are going to a few specific towns, there is no train service. Bus service is awful and sparse. My husband's commute is 120 miles round trip. How many of you in EU have a commute like that?
 Quoting: INK3


well apes there is people in europe that live away from groceries and have to do 100 km round trip....but they are not that mental to go everyday, not even once a week...organize yourself, shop local, produce something and stfu

I doesn't even pass my mind to do even 30 km if not a couple of time a month
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The difference is that a hundred km roundtrip is still only something like 60 miles or so. People in europe tend to forget that their entire countries are only about the size of any given state. Where I live at here in N.C towns are normally 15 to 30 miles apart and cities can be a hundred miles apart. My daily trip to work is around 85 miles round trip, thats each day and thats if I only go to work and straight back home. Factor in a stop at a store and my total can easily top 100 miles or more a day. So when you tell me to shop local you failt to realize how far I live from any stores at all, fuckin smartass.
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sorry if you bought a house in the middle of nowhere...if you had saved all the time and money spent trips you could surely became independent and not require such trips if not once in a couple of months. Or differently bought a house close to your needs
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i paid $6.10 a gallon yesterday in Medellin, Colombia.
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Still cheaper than coke?

lmaolmaolmao
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Fuel shortage because we've been selling so much gas to Mexico. People forget just because we drill oil here in the US doesn't mean it stays here. Oil companies sell to highest bidder. Period.
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?? We are net exporter. You are net importer. Fact.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24995566


You fact is fiction.

The USA exports aproximately 100 million more barrels per year than we consume. We import 700 million barrels and export about 800 million.

Anyone who talks about our dependence on foreign oil is a tool.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 11661884


Okay, I concede. You just made it in 2011. Congrats! I guess. Does Obama get credit?

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 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24995566


But wait a minute..

As I understand it, the large amount of export is not crude oil, but rather the products of the refineries, i.e., gasoline, fuel oil (especially), diesel fuel, etc.


IOW you are a net importer of crude oil, but refine it and just in 2011 have exported more petroleum products than you consumed.

You almost had me fooled there...
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Not in MN no issue getting gas other than it is overpriced at $3.899
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NYC well over $4, but just over the bridge in NJ, 35-40 cents cheaper.
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Live in Southern Cal. Gas prices went up overnight, but I haven't seen one line. And I drove 10 miles to work.

The fear-mongering on this site is extraordinary.
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to be more precise...

While crude oil products such as gasoline and diesel can be exported from the United States, the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920 and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act requires a presidential waiver for the sale of most unrefined crude oil abroad, essentially blocking exports.

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