2 June, 2014

Gas Lines

Do you think that perhaps if WE reversed the situation this time around and stopped buying gasoline it would affect the oil producing countries and lower the price of crude. Back in the 70’s THEY cut production so we’d to wait for hours and were limited to only 5 gallons. Perhaps if everone could just “spend a weekend at home with the kids” we could cut consumption and hey, let the kids teach their parents things like, texting and playing video games. I’m parking my truck and keeping the boat in the garage for a week, ain’t gonna buy any fuel …… Won’t mow the lawn either… The wife may get mad as hell, but I will make the sacrafice. I was happy to learn… The problem is not many on here remember the gas lines and having to buy our gasoline on alternate days. I agree if we would boycott and stop buying so much, the prices would go down. But, most people are not willing a small sacrifice for a big win. It is difficult to get enough people to agree to anything for the good of the Country. I think they are so conditioned to pay whatever the market charges that they forget we still collectively have a lot of buying power. “Which in turn if we all stopped buying on the bare necessities, it would force the prices down. We are a two car family. I drive an Infiniti I-30 that gets excellent gas mileage and my husband has a gas guzzling Cadillac, which we just parked and stared driving my car. We are organizing our trips so that we do not have to go out everyday and have postponed long distant driving. But, it will take much more that the two of us to stop this racket. This oil business is a joke – but the joke is on us. There is not shortage and if we refused to pay the price, it would go down significantly. But, no one wants to be inconvenienced even if it cost them all they have. If we could just stick together for a short while, it would drive the prices back down. I would have lower prices and go back to waiting in line. We are our own wost enemy.

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  1. Bright Eyes Eaddy86 May 29, 2014 at 1:18 am #
    I've heard it said that if each driver could find a way to save one gallon of gas a week, we would soon have a surplus and the prices would start to come down. I like your idea of not mowing the lawn. That'll work for me.
  2. Dee Nesmith May 29, 2014 at 1:18 am #
    I'm the only driver in this family and I recently did not drive for over a mo due to illness. Did it help? there are many days I don't drive. My big dream is to get rid of the car but I don't know how to do that or where I would have to live. NY's don't need a car but I think everywhere else needs one.
  3. Depressed Richards May 29, 2014 at 1:19 am #
    Good luck with getting us to do that!
  4. Harpy Robot May 29, 2014 at 1:22 am #
    I sure do remember the gas lines. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
  5. Paulina Camry271 May 29, 2014 at 1:25 am #
    yeah and we thought 77 cents was too high to purchase gas at that time.
  6. Kayson Nesmith550 May 29, 2014 at 1:25 am #
    OOOOOOOOOh yes, I was even, my husband was odd and President Jimmy Carter was in the dog house in Calif. Jay had a gas guzzleing Corvette, I had a gas guzzleing Buick. I was patriotic, went and traded mine for a Datsun that got 42 miles to the gallon. We kept that little datsun for years after the rationing was over, the best running car either of us ever owned.
  7. TuffGirl Nguyen May 29, 2014 at 1:25 am #
    I was a teenager then, and working at a gas station located on a busy intersection with other gas stations. That was a bad time. I don't disregard the fact that it may happen again. But by you not using gasoline for a week will do nothing in the over all scheme. If maybe 30, 40, or 50 percent of all Americans followed your example, it probably still wouldn't have any impact. As long as we cannot drill for oil here, we'll need to keep importing 30 percent of what we need. And if we don't buy it, then Japan, China, and Europe will.
  8. Ursula XXX May 29, 2014 at 1:28 am #
    I remember the lines well. My friends station always saved a little gas for his accounts and put an out of gas sign in front, so I could always get a few gallons. Personally, I havn't bought Mobil/Exxon in years, not because I think it'll do any good, too late, but I don't have to support them. Nothing can help when they pay in dollars, which are now down about 50%. Nothing as expensive as war.
  9. Terry May 29, 2014 at 5:29 am #
    There's an e-mail circulating with what sounds like an excellent idea to me. It's a fact we can't go without oil products. that's why going without gas for a short period of time will never produce results. This idea is to just target Exxon/ Mobile and not buy any from them at all. We can still have our gas from other companies but Exxon/Mobile will be forced to lower their prices in order to make any money. This will start a gas price war and we continue to target the higher priced gas priced oil company until the prices are where we demand that they be.
  10. Rachel Burbank May 29, 2014 at 6:33 am #
    Sounds like a plan to me.
  11. Daytona RR May 29, 2014 at 6:52 am #
    I remember that once some one postulated that if we the people wanted to get our point across to the Politicians in Washington we should stage a no work week. No work for anyone for a week and after three days the government would step in to ask and correct any major problems. Trouble is even if it were attempted today plenty of people (who probably say one person cannot make a difference) would still go to work. Thereby negating anything that had been accomplished in the first two days.
  12. Mindi Burbank May 29, 2014 at 8:33 am #
    We had to buy gas on the even and odd days according to our plate numbers.
  13. Valen Baghwan236 May 29, 2014 at 9:29 am #
    The problem is too much demand. You don't buy it, there is a line of people that will.
  14. Ursula Lowell May 29, 2014 at 10:31 am #
    I vaguely remember the gas lines back then. I wasn't old enough to drive so it really didn't concern me. Now with the gas prices going through the roof I've already cut down on my driving. I drive less and less but gas prices still go higher. I wish I knew what the solution was, because this doesn't seem to work.
  15. Mrs Richards May 29, 2014 at 11:45 am #
    oh boy do I remember, and NOT foundly either! My son Rob was just born in '79, gas lines everywhere in S. California! He had to stay in the hospital about 5 extra days and we couldn't get gas to go see him! I finally told the hospital that I was taking him home - he was just there for bilirubin testing once a day. I had to beg them to let him go home and they finally did (Long Beach Naval Hospital). But we had to swap license plates in order to get gas, as it was on the even/odd system! But we really had no choice, since the baby was in the hospital. It was horrible. And with us in the military, we were on limited budget too.
  16. TuffGirl X1 May 29, 2014 at 11:58 am #
    Sgt Big Red, One cannot get the majority of a group to decide on were to eat lunch, let alone decide on something like that. Respectfully, Fastergun
  17. Sunna Nesmith May 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm #
    Do I ever remember them. I think we could be a big impact on the prices of oil if the people would agree to car pool, walk when possible and not drive anymore than necessary. Post pone their summer vacations this year. It would not take the government long to get the message. They are trying to get us to spend more money. Therefore, if we do the opposite, they will have to do something about the prices. The problems is we cannot get two people to agree do to anything, And no one is willing to sacrifice even if means helping the nation. Everyone is so selfish.
  18. Marcalo Richards874 May 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm #
    sounds like a fantastic reason to not mow the yard. like your ideas about the texing and video games too staying home, slowing down life. i wasn't born in the 70's so I don't remember that yr too well. lol. starve the gas stations!!! don't go!!! whoohoo!!
  19. Daytona May 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm #
    I remember those lines all too well. As for your idea, I think it as an excellent one; the problem is getting enough Americans on board with it to make an appreciable difference.
  20. Florida Nguyen May 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm #
    That's a wonderful way to deal with the problem in a person way. I mostly take mom out of the nursing home and drive through the country for two hours. She's in a wheelchair and I can't lift her alone, so there isn't a lot we can do. Today is her 85th birthday. Tomorrow my friend and I are going to take her five miles round trip to Main Street for window shopping and a wheatgrass shooter! We have an eleven yr old friend that is going to be playing the piano in a coffee shop, we will go there first. I should save 1/3 tank of gas tomorrow! I remember the 70's. That's when we taught our kid to talk. We were sitting in line at the gas station. I have it all on tape!
  21. Daytona XXX50 May 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm #
    I remember when you had to buy gas on an odd or even day too. Everyone needs to stand together and stay home a week !!!! "Snowflakes are one of natures most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together"
  22. Bright Eyes May 29, 2014 at 4:05 pm #
    good one sarge, i was working at a texaco station and remember very well,also when sky chief went to $. 73 a gallon I was sure we'd sold our last gallon of gas. the sad truth is that water is made of the same components as rocket fuel,the trick is to separate them ,a hydrogen fuel cell's exhaust is water ,so I think we're getting close. anyway i'll use no fossil fuel this weekend and look forward to learning how to text ,and especially want to play call of duty with the twins. thanks buddy. joe c.
  23. Mindi Lowell May 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm #
    I remember the 70's gas lines very well. I don't think we learned our lessons from that experience. One weekend, one week, even one month of restricting our activities is unlikely to have much of an impact. It may feel good to protest this way, but I don't think it will do much else. We seem to prefer easy, one note, solutions to highly complex problems. While I agree that depending too heavily on foreign oil isn't safe or reliable, that isn't our only problem. We don't have enough capacity to refine the oil during peak demand times, and I really don't blame people for objecting to oil refinaries in their communities. We waste much of our energy supplies too, we don't keep our cars tuned up, we rarely car pool, we object to expanding public transportation, we expand roads but do little to encourage walking or riding a bicycle, we think our foods should always be in season and so truck or train or ship our food over vast distances. . . . . . We are interested in 'doing something' when fuel costs escalate or there's a shortage, but as soon as the shortage ends or the prices fall we lose interest in doing the hard work we need to do to make certain we've adequate supplies-with or without foreign oil. The oil cartels aren't the problem, we are. If we'd learned our lessons in the 70s I believe we would have more domestic capacity, we would have more choices of either option fuels or highly efficient vehicles, and we'd not have an obesity problem because we'd all be walking more often. . . . . So, instead to protesting. . . . I think I'll just take a long walk this weekend.
  24. Sunna Burbank May 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm #
    We could afford food then. Now, anything that begins with corn is becoming unaffordable, because any idiot decided that using food to make gas was a good idea. It is going to have to be the wind and the sun. The sooner the better. Egg prices have tripled in the last yr where I live. Dog food went up 33% in four months! I told the cashier, "We might have to eat the dog!• I understand that beef farmers areselling their cattle because they can't afford tp feed them, and that is why "beef prices are so low!• WHAT? What are beef prices going to be in six months when there is a shortage???? To hell with gas lines, where am I going to find enough money to buy food??? What we have today is a whole different dynamic.
  25. A. May 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm #
    Thats awsome! Yes I do remember waiting for gas & sometimes the gas station was EMPTY so we would go to the next station & get some there. While we waited we were allowed to get out of the car & that was the greatest treat in the world. I wondered why my Dads veins stood up in his neck when the stations SOLD OUT sign went up? We could just get some from somebody else? Right? Poor Dad. I remember it well. I still have a Mickey Mouse Fu*k Iran! T shirt! F-ypu Iatollah. I know now why those times were bad but I remember having such good times. All of our light switch covers had SAVE ENERGY stickers on them, we went from a Torino to a Pinto,-- My Dad worked for Allegheny airlines @ that time & I would worry he would run out of gas getting to the airport. Thanx for the walk down memory lane ( that was not a good walk tho. . ) Jimmy Carter was president @ that time. Did the gas "crisis" carry over from the previous predsident? I dont remember.
  26. Alex Terrence1 May 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm #
    Hi Red, You are totally RIGHT My Friend. . A weekend of people not buying gas The Oil People would Lose Billions. . This is a Great Ideal and I am all for it. . But a lot of people have to go to work or Lose their jobs. . But The Ones who have retire and the disable and people who has lose there jobs this would be a Great Big Surprise to These A$S-HOLES and Just maybe they will lower the price of Gas. . Very good My Friend. . Do you remember the gas wars in The 70's . 25 was the cheapest you could get. . I miss those days. . A Friend, poppy1
  27. Mindy May 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm #
    Britain in 2000 - a handful of right wing militant truckers blocakaded fuel refineries. The effect was a complete collapse of fuel supply. All filling stations ran dry in hours after panic buying. Restocking did not happen for several days. Effect on taxation policy - nil Effect on price - nil Pointless.
  28. J.970 May 29, 2014 at 11:32 pm #
    I lived in Los Angeles, and I remember the gas lines very well. I had to get up at about 3am and get in line. Im not there any longer, and already have my gas usage at a minimum. I fill up my car once a month.