Our Gas Problem

http://www.gasbuddy.com/GB_Map_Gas_Prices.aspx?z=0&lat=37.546875&long=-95.687500&ft=A&tl=48

I know a lot has been written here in recent days/weeks/months on this subject, but none hit home as much as when I saw the map linked above.

What can our state do to help the ensure that Georgia gas prices are equal to those around the nation?  Is this solely a federal issue?

Clearly, companies look at these types of things when they are relocating and will only do it more in the future.

20 comments

  1. Demonbeck says:

    If you look at the corridor from the western border of Wisconsin to the eastern borader of Michigan and move south, you’ll see a stark contrast in gas prices when compared to the rest of the nation.

    Is this merely a national infrastructure problem?

  2. atlantaman says:

    I don’t know a whole lot about the issue, but Meto Atlanta’s need to reduce pollution through a cleaner grade of gas will probably mean we’ll always pay more than the national average.

  3. tb says:

    And to think I moved out of Connecticut to Georgia to lower my living expenses, only to find out here that this state is NO BETTER than the liberal states and in some respects far worse.

  4. Icarus says:

    Turn the vacant 1500 acres in Savannah into a refinery, connect a pipeline to the Colonial and Plantation pipelines that already run through middle GA, and make the country, and specifically the Southeast, less dependent on hurricane prone gulf coast region.

  5. Mike Hauncho says:

    Is this data current? If so, it is probably taking into account the shortages we have and the fact that while the cost per barrel of oil went below $100 a week or so ago we did not see a price drop because of Ike. Typically we have very good prices compared to the rest of the country.

  6. Demonbeck says:

    It is current, Mike, and we should take into account the shortages we are having.

    The problem is that the areas that are so much higher are overly reliant on the areas that were affected by Ike. By diversifying the supply, we can avoid situations such as the one we are currently facing.

    The question is, how does the State of Georgia do something about that problem?

  7. ButlerTReynolds says:

    Our gasoline taxes rise along with the price of gas. That’s one reason that GA can go from having some of the cheapest gas in the country to some of the most expensive.

    Perhaps Governor Perdue could pray for a change in the way gasoline is taxed.

  8. Bill Simon says:

    Demonbeck,

    You said this in your initial post: What can our state do to help the ensure that Georgia gas prices are equal to those around the nation?

    Equal? what is this “equal” sh*t? I was under the impression you were a fiscal conservative.

    “Equal” denotes “equal outcome” on the price of fuel.

    AND, no, I’m not kidding on this point.

    There is no gridded system of distribution for gasoline in this country where there is a fuel tank farm located every 50 miles.

    SO…that means that transportation costs in getting the fuel from the refineries to the tank farms to the distribution trucks to the gas stations are variable and add different costs.

    “Equal”….wtf….

  9. Harry says:

    Gee, it’s too bad we didn’t build a single new refinery in this country for the last 30 years. Having trouble getting gas? Thank a Democrat.

  10. btpull says:

    A&T, Coke, Delta, Verizon, HomeDepot, and other major consuming orientated companies are missing a huge free PR opportunity by not publicly announcing that they are letting their employees telecommute until the gas shortage is over.

  11. Bill Simon says:

    Harry,

    A fair question…but, where would one locate such a refinery? If it was in the heart of oil refining country (i.e., SE Texas), it would be one of theones either still closed or crippled.

    You can build a refinery…but…you need a way to get raw oil in and you need a way to transport the gasoline out.

  12. atlantaman says:

    You would think the lines at the pump, and the resulting scale back of driving habits, would help increase supply. I keep hearing about how folks are canceling trips, telecommuting, and taking MARTA – this should increase the supply of gas – less miles being driven. Whether people fill their cars up twice when their gauge hits 1/2 a tank of gas, or once when it’s on empty, should have no affect on the overall gas supply over two weeks time.

    Let’s say the average customer at the Golden Corral drinks two full glasses of Mountain Dew. If you filled your empty glass with Mountain Dew before you sat down for the “all you can eat” buffet, then, while shoveling in starches, you decided to refill it twice when it was half way full (because you heard the local bass fishing tournament just finished up and you were worried about a run on Mountain Dew), and then finished the remaining glass, after your third helping of pudding, you still drank just two glasses of Mountain Dew and put no more pressure on the fountain distribution system than the regular customer.

    Look, I know that if everyone collectively fills their tanks up on Tuesday, the stations will be out of gas for the next few days, but then by Friday the stations should have extra gas, because everyone filled up when they didn’t need to.

    This gas crisis has been going on for two weeks now and it’s not due to irrational consumers – we’ve got a supply problem.

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