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Top 3 Reasons Why You're Paying More At The Pump

By bencar

If you read the Wall Street Urinal (a.k.a. The Wall Street Journal) today, you may have noticed that the excuse factory, um I mean reasons are now being given as to why you've been steadily paying more over the past few months for the gasoline you pump into your vehicle. Keep these reasons in mind, as I'm sure you'll see them again, either as they were printed in today's newspaper, or in some reconstructed form in the months to come. Having mentioned the WST article, I thought it might be a little amusing, to now give you a David Letterman style "Top 3 Reasons Why You're Paying More At The Pump" list, and here it is:

Reason number one why you're paying more at the Pump these days: According to an article in the December 23, 2010 Wall Street Journal, people are driving more again. Now, you silly people, how dare you do that. Just stop all that driving, don't be buying any more of those petroleum fueled vehicles, and gasoline prices will drop like a rock. Oh, wait a minute, if you drive less, and don't buy any more new vehicles, than you'll be accused of hurting the economy. Can't win no how, can you?

Reason number two why you are paying more at the Pump these days: The Chinese manufacturers are using more Oil. See, and you just thought all you had to worry about, as a byproduct of the wholesale shipping of manufacturing operations to China, was the loss of thousands, upon thousands of good paying jobs. But, hey, there is a bright side to this, and that is, at least for once, someone, other than Americans, are being blamed for skyrocketing Oil prices.

Reason number three why you are paying more at the Pump these days: Since the economy is improving, there's all these people going back to work, and relating back to reason number one, they're driving more, because now instead of working at one good paying job, all these newly re-employed workers, are shuttling between two or more low paying, no benefit, "Service Sector" jobs. Hey, now all you recently re-employed folks, stop that, just quit all those jobs, stay home, and before you know it, gasoline will be cheaper than dirt. Of course if you weren't already living in a Shelter, you will be after quitting those jobs it took you years to find. Oh, and for the millions more who haven't been able to find gainful employment in years, you can take solace in knowing that you haven't contributed to the skyrocketing cost of Oil, and consequently, gasoline.

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rhonda’s Profile Photo
Dec 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm
That's a lot of info
bencar’s Profile Photo
Dec 25, 2010 at 10:56 am
The $4.15 is leaving the Station for parts unknown, please wait for the $5.15, $6.15, $7.15, $8.15................................. Bankruptcy is your only option, enjoy the trip, and thank you for taking the Bleed You Dry Railroad.
canadianpontiacguy’s Profile Photo
Dec 25, 2010 at 10:37 am
Canada has consistently been the top petroleum provider to the USA. According to the EIA’s country analysis brief for Canada, over 99 percent of the oil that Canada exports, it exports to the USA mainly through an extensive pipeline system interconnecting the two countries.

Canada remained the largest exporter of total petroleum in September, exporting 2,475 thousand barrels per day to the United States. The second largest exporter of total petroleum was Mexico with 1,256 thousand barrels per day.

Today, we are paying about $4.15 per US gallon at our Canadian pumps.
bencar’s Profile Photo
Dec 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm
Um, in 99% of the country, and put in place during the Bush Administration, gasoline by law contains 10% Ethanol, put there to not only oxygenate the fuel you car burns, but also to supposedly decrease our dependence on imported Oil. The EPA has been floating a proposal to boost that 10% level to 15%. Now here are the catches, 90% of what is on the road now, is NOT capable of handling a 15% level of ANY Alcohol in the fuel. Anything built prior to 2007, for the most part, does not have the compatible rubber, or plastic components, needed for a vehicle to burn fuel with a 15% Alcohol content in it. Worse yet, vehicles older than about 2001, really shouldn't be burning even the current 10% Alcohol to fuel mix that's being sold year round. Add to this, that Carbureted vehicles were never designed to run with any amount of Alcohol in the fuel, and that many of those have vented fuel Tanks, which means the Alcohol has access to moisture, which it is very good at absorbing, and you can begin to get the picture here. Simply put, Alcohol (Ethanol or Methanol), is very good at absorbing moisture from the air, therefore, in a vented system, its constant use, causes corrosion in those systems. Alcohol is a solvent, it will dislodge sediment from the bottom of your vehicle's Fuel Tank, clogging Lines and other parts of the Fuel System. Alcohol is also a drying agent, and with benzene gone, it will attack the rubber, most plastics found in vehicle Fuel Systems, and the gaskets in a Carburetor not overhauled with the new generation of gaskets. The higher the Alcohol content, the faster the aforementioned results occur. Oh, and even without Oxygen Sensors, Alcohol will lower your miles per gallon, due to the fact it doesn't, in simple terms, pack the same punch per gallon as petroleum based gasoline does.

Btw, even the Oil Companies are against the 15% Ethanol proposal, because it means they once again have to upgrade their whole infrastructure to accommodate fuels containing an even higher Alcohol content. Oh, and one more thing you may not know, the current 10% blend, is done at the point where the fuel is loaded on the Tankers, and it's NOT an exact science.
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Dec 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm
Then there are the additives they put in "Winter Gas" from November through March to "Oxygenate" it. The geniuses in Congress legislated this little gem into existance during the Clinton administration to cut down on pollutants during the colder months, when cars idle more to warm up and heat their interiors. "Hil-Billy" (or "Billary, take your pick of Co-Presidential nicknames) was elated about signing into law such an important piece of environmental legislation. What they DIDN'T do was their homework on the science behind oxygenated gas: Cars built since the early 1980's have this little doohickey called an "Oxygen Sensor" that reads the exhaust emissions and adjusts the fuel injection so that the gases passing it have the correct ratio of pollutants to air. If it reads that the engine is burning too lean a mixture, as it will when there's a high content of oxygen in the fuel, it will tell the car's engine management computer to enrich the mixture. Outcome: The exact same amount of pollution, but the car burns 10-15% more gas to go the same distance. The topper on this is that the "Winter Gas" costs more to manufacture, and the oil companies gladly pass that expense, with a markup, along to us, the consumer! Thank you, Washington! This alone causes gas prices to rise about 10% this time of year, every year. It goes up fast, and drops slowly, if at all, come spring.
SPEEDDEMON’s Profile Photo
Dec 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm
One of the main reasons and they will not tell you this,is that this government pump so much money back into the system ( printing money that we shouldn't be ) devalues the dollar which is now worth 60cents and starts to create inflation and you haven't seen anything yet. Hold onto that wallet because here it comes.
bencar’s Profile Photo
Dec 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm
Yup, they have the dough, and we get baked smile image .
JerryandMary’s Profile Photo
Dec 24, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Cute! The fact that the oil cartel is responsible for the largest price fixing scam in the history of the world likely will not be mentioned in any of the articles. Lobbyist funnel oil money to the powers that be and they never mention fuel cost except at election time.


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