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Traveling Adventures

Gas line

I had no clue there was a gas shortage in Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina as I ventured out on my trip from Michigan back to Florida…(Could this be due to Ike shutting down refineries?)

After a full hour’s stop-and-go traffic near Chattanooga, I entered Georgia at down to a quarter tank of gas (my car only has a 15 gallon tank.) I stopped for that old universal need to empty my bladder and fill my gas tank – and found that three stations at that stop were all out of gas! Yikes!

Next exit, one station, with long lines – by the time I got to the pump, my needle was touching the red empty. They were only allowing $30 worth per car – and CASH only. Working my way toward Atlanta – three more stops, and NO GAS. Down to about a quarter tank, I figured I better get a motel room and see what I could find out on the news. TV News – Yep, Georgia is out of gas! The shortage is expected to last anywhere from a week to a month.

In a state of panic now, I went to sleep early, so I could get a jump on the situation in the morning. As I left the motel at 5:30 a.m., a station across the street sprouted two huge lines of cars starved for gas. I had to travel a block in the wrong direction and made it into the line. Forty-five minutes later I had a full tank and was leaving the station as they began shutting down the lines. No more gas.

With no traffic, I got past Atlanta and figured I’d better start looking for gas at half a tank, not an-eighth as normal. First stop was a winner – one station out of three had gas, and I got my fill. Showee! Maybe I can make it! I did make it to Florida, where blessedly there is plenty of gas. Hoorah!

Question: How can the entire metropolitan area of Atlanta and north Georgia be without gas for such and extended period of time??!! This is ridiculous to say the least.

In the United States, nobody has built a new refinery in over 25 years, even though existing refineries are producing at near capacity. Investor’s Business Daily provides reasons that highlight persistent environmentalists’ resistance and battles in court as well as the need for hundreds of permits pertaining to required reduction of sulphur content in gasoline. Add to this the poor return on billions of dollars in investment, and it appears that the last refinery has been built. Maybe it’s time for America to wake up.

One thing I can tell you. You don’t ever want to be on the road with no fuel at the pumps.

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