20 comments

  1. Chris says:

    I’m tempted to get 5gal gas canisters, fill them up at 3am, then sell them for $30 a piece to folks waiting in line.

    I bet there are a few people in line whose time is worth $6/gal.

  2. Three Jack says:

    there is no civility in gas lines. i couldn’t even get into the local qt parking lot yesterday to get a freakin newspaper because some hispanic bitch in line thought i was cutting in for gas. this is beyond ridiculous.

  3. Doug Deal says:

    Chris,

    The business model I cam up with earlier today was to rent out a tanker truck and offer a premium gas delivery service. I park my truck in a various neighborhood parking lots each day, and you meet me there. The gas is $1 a gallon, but the delivery fee is $9.00 a gallon., so no gouging.

    A tanker can hold about 7,500 gallons, so that’s $75,000 a load, and probably $50,000 profit.

  4. StevePerkins says:

    I’d be interested to hear people’s thoughts on whether this could effect elections in a month or so. Granted, the more politically-aware readership on this blog knows that Atlanta’s gas situation has little to nothing to do with Obama/McCain or Saxby and all… but the general public isn’t very politically aware. Most (or at least many) of them genuinely don’t know the difference between their state-level reps and their Washington-level reps. Does this put Georgia a bit more in play?

  5. MediaGuyAtl says:

    Three Jack, there is coffee all over my keyboard and screen thanks to your comment about the hispanic bitch in line. This crisis could have been averted a week before the two storms hit the Gulf coast. If anyone can remember that far back, every gas station had pretty much full supplies. However, now we’re finding out the Tank farms were far from full back then and once the media started to scare everyone into topping their tanks the demand completely outstripped supply. Now we’re having to push our cars around from pump to pump. If our government had reacted properly then we wouldn’t be in this situation now. Here are the questions I have.

    -Why don’t the suppliers keep their tank farms at full capacity during the hurricane season? Do we need more or larger tank farms for the demand of our metro area?
    -Should we build a refinery near Savannah or at least one on the Atlantic Coast?
    -Does the Georgia National Guard combined with the huge military bases in our state have tank trucks that could help in re-supplying our gas stations? Hello Sonny can you hear us?
    -Like Boortz said in his Townhall article today, let simple economics drive what’s happening? Price goes up with demand while supplies are low and price goes down when supplies are high. That should keep people from topping off their tanks every other day.
    -It’s also time for GRTA to tell all metro counties that Mass Transit is coming to your county whether you like it or not. Atlanta is the largest metro area in the US that does not have ample mass transit options. Give the people a choice and they might just take it. Just take a look at the MARTA trains today, they are packed during rush hour.

    Let’s address how inefficient MARTA Rail really is and begin acting like a world class city that our Chamber of Commerce advertises. Hopefully Sonny and Company are looking at the mass transit systems in Europe and how efficient they can be when planned properly.

    Marta Rail should reach Stone Mountain to the east, Covington to the southeast, Fayetteville to the south, Newnan to the southwest, Carrollton to the west, Kennesaw to the northwest, Alpharetta to the north and Suwanee to the northeast.

    Extended rail lines should reach Athens, Gainesville, Dahlonega, Cartersville, Chattanooga, Macon, Columbus, LaGrange, Birmingham and Augusta. These extended lines should be hooked into Marta lines too. This could also improve automobile operations in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

    We do not need wider highways we need mass transit. In New York City I know of many executives that will jump on a bus or train before taking a car or taxi because it’s faster, thanks to bus lanes and the numerous train lines available.

    Someone please tell me that our GRTA leaders are discussing these options. Wouldn’t you rather jump on a train for the Master’s, Calloway Gardens or a Georgia Football game? How easy would it be for a family to jump on a train to go to Savannah. It might spur more economic progress if we made it easier for people to travel around our state. Any new road built or improved should have rail access adjacent to it.

    How many cars sit and how much gas is wasted at those traffic lights in Gwinnett County on 316 during every rush hour or on Georgia Football gamedays? We need to scream for efficient highways and mass transit options.

    Please don’t give me the weak excuses about crime and how it goes up. A solution has to be found and we need to stop this petty bickering and start to move or we will not be able to attract any more businesses, families and commerce to our great state.

    Geez, I need to get a day job!

  6. Bill Simon says:

    (making note to self: create signs that say “Stuck in a gas line? Blame Obama!”….and take off down the street…as the Obama lovers take off after me, I will double back and take their spots in the line they abandoned…)

  7. Bill Simon says:

    MediaGuy,

    I doubt it was the “media” who scared people into topping-off tanks. It’s called human nature.

    AND…it’s also called a stubborn fool of a Governor who did not heed the warning of Tex Pitfield, a person who is on the ground at the tank farms.

    Pitfield warned the Governor that there was going to be a gasoline shortage several weeks before, and he suggested that Perdue ask the EPA fort a waiver on the sulfur-limited fuel.

    Silly Governor ignored Pitfield’s suggestion.

    And, now, the same silly governor is in Spain trying to convince them that a good investment would be for their industrial operations to make a new home in Georgia…a place that has no long range water supply, no reliable gasoline supply, crappy public schools, and government bureacrats who are more stupid than New York ones are corrupt.

    Hell, I’d take corrupt, smart politicians over the dumb ones that have run Georgia for so long.

  8. MediaGuyAtl says:

    Bill,
    Couldn’t agree with you more! However, you would think someone would address this crisis in another way than just saying it will work itself out in a week. It’s been a week since that quote and we’re still in line. Two weeks since Ike hit!
    Alabama has supplies as well as Florida, can’t we get the trucks rolling? Does someone have to declare a state of emergency before we start using military assets that are located in this state? Hell, why couldn’t we have extra drivers from all over the country come in to keep the supplies rolling out of the tank farms? I hope this is a 24 hour operation and someone addresses this for the future. Can Cagle do something in the absence of our Governor? Corrrupt, stupid, inept I don’t care which it is, people are going crazy and I’m yet to see a solution in the near term.
    Pitfield can scream all he wants, Perdue’s people can scream all they want, how about someone providing some leadership and results. That’s all I’m asking for.

  9. Icarus says:

    “Does someone have to declare a state of emergency before we start using military assets that are located in this state? ”

    My head just exploded.

  10. Three Jack says:

    i think it would be interesting to see sonny’s schedule as he bounces around europe. who did he meet with, for what purpose, and what was the result?

    now would be a good time for the ga house to call a special session beginning immediately to consider impeachment of the most useless governor in this state’s history. he has totally abdicated the very fundamental responsibilities of the office choosing instead to enjoy a week out of the country. where are you glenn richardson?

  11. MediaGuyAtl says:

    Cagle to the rescue! Tankers full of gas coming from the port in Mobile, Alabama. Plus, Quick Trip announced it should be back at full capacity within the next 48 hours. Icarus, about that brain freeze…. how about a frozen Margarita instead of ice cream? It might lessen the pain.

  12. midtown_maven says:

    Gas station owners could help the chaos.

    I found a station today where the owner was smart enough to close one entrance, and wave people in one at a time as pumps opened.

    Very efficent.

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