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2012-10-06 10:10:34 AM
Meanwhile, oil companies continue to post record profits. What a strange coincidence.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-06 10:16:35 AM
The price elasticity of demand for gasoline is thought to be well under 1, especially in the short term. That means it takes a big price increase to cause a small drop in consumption. Alternatively, a small drop in production causes a large increase in price. And all the "tax cars off the roads" crowd get to watch the oil industry collect the revenue they wanted.

I fail to comprehend California's gas tax because it consists of multiple taxes. How much does state revenue increase when pump prices double?
 
2012-10-06 10:19:55 AM

Gyrfalcon: Quasar: They went up 20 cents overnight. I'm sure this isn't just a gas industry money grab.

It has to be some kind of price manipulation. Even if there was a refinery fire, even with pipeline issues, unless the fire burned down the tank farms at Carson and Benicia (which I know for a fact they didn't) there is NO WAY there is suddenly no gas. It's not like all the gasoline is gone or the ability to make more has vanished. This is gougers taking advantage of a possible shortage that might somehow occur sometime in the future someday.


Actually it's pretty easy to arrange a shortage of gas in California. Just pass a law granting an appointed beauracrat the power to craft a "regulation", with the force of law, that you can't sell the gasoline that you have on hand which was blended for the summer season.
 
2012-10-06 10:33:42 AM
Just hang in there till Rmoney gets in. He'll invade Iran and that'll larn them goldarn Ayrabs.

Mittens for President! Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran!
 
2012-10-06 10:34:01 AM

Teknowaffle: I just paid 33 bucks for 3.5 gallons. Painful. But, I really don´t drive all that much.

Plus, all the gas here is 95 octane. What is that all about?


Different measurements. Looks like they use RON there, and US uses (R+M)/2.

Octane Rating
 
2012-10-06 10:35:59 AM
Won't need gas today but will soon. Any ideas when prices will fall? Like, maybe by Tuesday?
 
2012-10-06 10:46:20 AM
What we need is a full electric car, with a body made out of photovoltaic cells, and with a small wind turbine in the trunk that you can erect on the outside of the car while parked.

Hybrids blow. You have the weight of the electric motor/generator, the batteries, PLUS all of the weight of an internal combustion engine, gas tank, catalytic converter, etc. The electric range will be much higher if you just ditch the petroleum boat anchor. Pick a drive system and optimize it.
 
2012-10-06 11:04:03 AM

eurotrader: Why would it be a surprise if a few people from Texas that play a fair-sized part in the oil industry decide just to screw with California just because?


Typical liberals; just like Obama is not to blame for his poor debate performance California is not to blame for their energy problems be it a shortage of electric generating capacity or oil refining capacity it is always somebody other than California's fault.

California is third in the nation in proven oil reserves but it just won't develope them. They prefer to be broke and blame others.

from 1985 to 1995, 10 California refineries closed, resulting in a 20 percent reduction in refining capacity

California is a net importer of oil. It produces only about 37.2 percent of the petroleum it uses. In 2007, the state spent nearly $50 billion for gasoline and $9.7 billion for diesel.

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2012-10-06 11:13:14 AM

cryinoutloud: Nappy Imus: This^, but it seems like a broken record, unfortunately. Been hearing such since I was a kid, and that was a long time ago. I wish it wasn't so, but this is the truth, sadly.

I'm a child of the 70's. When did the environmental movement really get cooking? The 70's. I've been a tree-hugger since I was a kid. I have never seen any change in people's habits or attitudes that wasn't matched by two steps backwards toward even MORE consumption. So you recycle your plastic now.....OK good. And 3/4 of your recycling is the little plastic bottles of water that you simply must have. But you recycle!

/early morning rant. Leave me alone, or I might really get going.


For crying out loud, I'm a child of the 70's and in the 70's we recycled just newspapers, cans and bottles. I recycle a lot more now. Of the 30 trees I've planted on my property (some from the Arbor day foundation) 7 are fruit trees, which help me crap.
/rant off
 
2012-10-06 11:28:53 AM
If a drop in the unemployment numbers just before the election means that it's an anti-Romney conspiracy, does that make a monster price increase in gasoline just before the election an anti-Obama conspiracy? Nah, everyone knows that Obama is an black, commie, mooslime.
 
2012-10-06 11:55:50 AM
The United States of America exports(sells at a PROFIT) more finished petrolium products that it consumes.

There simply is no such thing as "dependance on foreign oil".
That fact puts the lie to most of the crappy derp both sides spew.

California is now hoist on their own petard. Can't help but think that BIG OIL is sending a message.
 
2012-10-06 11:58:55 AM

Khazar-Khum: TheSwizz: Gas prices need to go up and stay up. And I'm talking $7-8/gallon, at least. And it needs to be an overnight shift, a gradual increase isn't as hard of a sting. It's the only way we're going to have an attention span long enough to truly focus on an alternate means of propulsion. Yes it will suck, but only in the short term.

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You first.

But you must live on a farm out in the country 30 miles from town.

Send smoke signals when you want to give up.
 
2012-10-06 12:01:57 PM

Arthurgoboom: What we need is a full electric car, with a body made out of photovoltaic cells, and with a small wind turbine in the trunk that you can erect on the outside of the car while parked.

Hybrids blow. You have the weight of the electric motor/generator, the batteries, PLUS all of the weight of an internal combustion engine, gas tank, catalytic converter, etc. The electric range will be much higher if you just ditch the petroleum boat anchor. Pick a drive system and optimize it.


Simply put, the secret to better mileage is lighter vehicles.
Heavy batteries that ultimately burn coal are not a real answer.
Neither is converting food to fuel.
While they do offer short term profitability, they are not long term solutions.

If we could just elect real politicians instead of industry shills, and make some, any rational long term Energy Plan.
Something other than top down rape of the citizenry.
 
2012-10-06 12:06:38 PM

Hoopy Frood: TheSwizz: Gas prices need to go up and stay up. And I'm talking $7-8/gallon, at least. And it needs to be an overnight shift, a gradual increase isn't as hard of a sting. It's the only way we're going to have an attention span long enough to truly focus on an alternate means of propulsion. Yes it will suck, but only in the short term.

And only for poor people and the middle class until they all buy new cars. Which is like, what, a coupla weeks?


Nope LPG conversion kit and it would be done in a couple of days with help from my visa card.
 
2012-10-06 12:09:22 PM
California votes Democratic == Highest Gas Prices
 
2012-10-06 12:10:50 PM

Bomb Head Mohammed: Hi! Since you spoiled whiners don't want it, where can I get that cheap $6/gallon gas?

/uk resident

but more seriously...

there are 12 cars at "whatmpg co uk" which get over 60 mpg, combined. some are diesels. some are not. very very few, if any, of them, are available for sale in the USA.

at $10 per gallon, a reasonable 10,000 miles of yearly driving at 25 mpg costs a less than whopping $4000 - or $333 per month. At $5 per gallon that's all of $167 per month. The reality is that petrol is cheap cheap cheap even if it is still "more expensive than it used to be" which is really, when you get down to it, what the whining is all about.


Come talk to me when you have a state bigger than many countries. I drive 700 miles weekly for work, in my car.
 
2012-10-06 12:23:15 PM

snocone: The United States of America exports(sells at a PROFIT) more finished petrolium products that it consumes.

There simply is no such thing as "dependance on foreign oil".


The US imports ~10 million barrels of oil a day, a little under half of the total oil it uses. Just because some of the refined product can be sold and exported at a profit doesn't mean the US isn't dependent on foreign oil.
 
2012-10-06 01:10:24 PM
why does everyone hate us kellifornians?
 
2012-10-06 01:15:38 PM

beer4breakfast: snocone: The United States of America exports(sells at a PROFIT) more finished petrolium products that it consumes.

There simply is no such thing as "dependance on foreign oil".

The US imports ~10 million barrels of oil a day, a little under half of the total oil it uses. Just because some of the refined product can be sold and exported at a profit doesn't mean the US isn't dependent on foreign oil.


Bullchit!/big>b>

Link

Are you lying for a reason, or just misinformed?
 
2012-10-06 01:18:21 PM
I've got about a third of a tank left and I'm leaving on a vacation Tuesday night. I'm waiting to fill up till I get back and crossing my fingers it's lower.

/It will probably be higher and I'll look like an idiot
 
2012-10-06 01:22:03 PM

snocone: beer4breakfast: snocone: The United States of America exports(sells at a PROFIT) more finished petrolium products that it consumes.

There simply is no such thing as "dependance on foreign oil".

The US imports ~10 million barrels of oil a day, a little under half of the total oil it uses. Just because some of the refined product can be sold and exported at a profit doesn't mean the US isn't dependent on foreign oil.

Bullchit!/big>b>

Link

Are you lying for a reason, or just misinformed?


I'm afraid you're the one who's misinformed. You posted a link with a list of US liquid exports. Are you trying to say because there's a small amount of crude exported that means the US doesn't import any crude oil?

From the same EIA source: "The United States relied on net imports (imports minus exports) for about 45% of the petroleum (crude oil and petroleum products) that we consumed in 2011."
 
2012-10-06 01:27:10 PM

beer4breakfast: snocone: beer4breakfast: snocone: The United States of America exports(sells at a PROFIT) more finished petrolium products that it consumes.

There simply is no such thing as "dependance on foreign oil".

The US imports ~10 million barrels of oil a day, a little under half of the total oil it uses. Just because some of the refined product can be sold and exported at a profit doesn't mean the US isn't dependent on foreign oil.

Bullchit!/big>b>

Link

Are you lying for a reason, or just misinformed?

I'm afraid you're the one who's misinformed. You posted a link with a list of US liquid exports. Are you trying to say because there's a small amount of crude exported that means the US doesn't import any crude oil?

From the same EIA source: "The United States relied on net imports (imports minus exports) for about 45% of the petroleum (crude oil and petroleum products) that we consumed in 2011."


I mean, we import oil to refine it and resell finished products. More than half of these products are exported.
Get it? If we did not export, we would not need imports.
But, Big Oil sells for PROFIT. Their PROFIT takes precidence over a realistic energy strategy that favors US citizens.

There is no dependance on foreign oil. There is PROFIT from importing more than we use and selling it, with all the lies.
 
2012-10-06 01:31:06 PM
I just love the lie that we do not have the refining capacity and that causes price increases.
We have more than twice the refining capacity we need to supply THIS COUNTRY.

How much tax did big oil pay for the privledge of refining foreign oil and selling it foreignly(?).
 
2012-10-06 01:31:58 PM
Oh, that's right, it is fungible.
 
2012-10-06 01:43:32 PM

Arthurgoboom: What we need is a full electric car, with a body made out of photovoltaic cells, and with a small wind turbine in the trunk that you can erect on the outside of the car while parked.

Hybrids blow. You have the weight of the electric motor/generator, the batteries, PLUS all of the weight of an internal combustion engine, gas tank, catalytic converter, etc. The electric range will be much higher if you just ditch the petroleum boat anchor. Pick a drive system and optimize it.


Here's what people don't understand: the electricity for the electric car has to come from somewhere.

People seem to think electricity is magically generated in the plug. Sorry to burst your bubble, but NO. If oil isn't making gasoline, it's making electricity at oil-fed power plants. Or going into countless consumer products, but whatever.

So if you think an electric car will mean 'less dependent' on oil, NO. It just takes a different form, and a different company gets your money.
 
2012-10-06 01:48:36 PM

Khazar-Khum: Arthurgoboom: What we need is a full electric car, with a body made out of photovoltaic cells, and with a small wind turbine in the trunk that you can erect on the outside of the car while parked.

Hybrids blow. You have the weight of the electric motor/generator, the batteries, PLUS all of the weight of an internal combustion engine, gas tank, catalytic converter, etc. The electric range will be much higher if you just ditch the petroleum boat anchor. Pick a drive system and optimize it.

Here's what people don't understand: the electricity for the electric car has to come from somewhere.

People seem to think electricity is magically generated in the plug. Sorry to burst your bubble, but NO. If oil isn't making gasoline, it's making electricity at oil-fed power plants. Or going into countless consumer products, but whatever.

So if you think an electric car will mean 'less dependent' on oil, NO. It just takes a different form, and a different company gets your money.


60% of electricity in USA is from coal.

Wahr da "clean coal"?
In your dreams.

Everybody is all up in the Big Oil.
What, ya'll fergotted Big Coal?
 
2012-10-06 02:11:34 PM
One of the reasons (metaphorically) CA is susceptible to energy problems among others....
static.rcgroups.net
 
2012-10-06 02:16:15 PM

Khazar-Khum: Arthurgoboom: What we need is a full electric car, with a body made out of photovoltaic cells, and with a small wind turbine in the trunk that you can erect on the outside of the car while parked.

Hybrids blow. You have the weight of the electric motor/generator, the batteries, PLUS all of the weight of an internal combustion engine, gas tank, catalytic converter, etc. The electric range will be much higher if you just ditch the petroleum boat anchor. Pick a drive system and optimize it.

Here's what people don't understand: the electricity for the electric car has to come from somewhere.

People seem to think electricity is magically generated in the plug. Sorry to burst your bubble, but NO. If oil isn't making gasoline, it's making electricity at oil-fed power plants. Or going into countless consumer products, but whatever.

So if you think an electric car will mean 'less dependent' on oil, NO. It just takes a different form, and a different company gets your money.


=================

ICE engines have a real world maximum efficiency of about 35%.....two thirds of the energy potential in a gallon of gas goes off as heat waste when used to operate an ICE engine. Electric motors have a maximum efficiency of around 90%. Yes, that electricity needs to be generated, but there are ways of generating electricity that don't involve petroleum: Nuclear. Water. Wind. Solar. Coal. Trash incineration. Secondly, it's much easier to control emissions from a few dozen electric plants, than it is to control emissions from millions of tailpipes. Switching to EVs would reduce overall energy consumption, as well as pollution.

The problem with EVs is that they will never be a 1:1 replacement for an ICE vehicle when operated exclusively from batteries. The energy density of a battery will never come close to the energy density of a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel. There is only one way for a pure EV to have the range and capability of an ICE powered vehicle.........by drawing power from a power grid embedded in the roadway. It wouldn't be possible to wire every single road in the US for power, but it could be done for arterial roadways. Let's say you had a 30 mile commute to work. You would start off from home on a secondary or tertiary road under battery power. After 10 miles or so......well within the range of batteries, even when using A/C and headlights........you would enter a powered roadway and your car would automatically switch from battery power to induction power. The electric energy....for which you would be billed....will power your car's drive wheels as well as recharge the batteries. After 15 miles or so, you would leave the powered roadway to complete the last few miles of your trip under battery power.

Of course the above scenario will never happen, not in the USA at least, because no private company will invest in wiring up arterial roadways for power. Only the government could undertake such a project, and that would be like communism, and Muricans all hate godless communism.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-06 02:29:10 PM
OregonVet

For California the main body of the sign should be a Proposition 65 warning.
 
2012-10-06 04:51:04 PM

TheSwizz: fluffy2097:

We could also end world hunger by not sending food to people who are hungry.

/it will only be a rough few months as billions starve
//but then there will be enough land for your overpriced organic crap.
///Who knew all the worlds problems could be solved by just denying shiat to people

Now I'm learning that oil is an absolute necessity to survival. An educational day today. Do these apples taste like oranges?


I'm glad your time on Fark is not ill spent. And you might want to rethink you apple/oranges thing since they are both seasonal fruits and about the same size, weight, shape and cost.
 
2012-10-06 04:55:54 PM
FISSILE
The energy density of a battery will never come close to the energy density of a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel.

You should check out lithium polymer cells--not the energy density of gas/diesel but very impressive and improving all the time.
 
2012-10-06 05:14:00 PM
Reality can think? Whoah... far out, man.
 
2012-10-06 05:33:28 PM
Lives in California, weather not an issue - 60 MPG

i1044.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-06 07:28:26 PM
A good question is what happened to the hydrogen highway access in Cal. that was supposed to be built. Hydrogen fuel cells actually work pretty well. When Obama threw around 90 billion dollars to his friends it would have been nice if some of that could have gone to something that could actually work out well for American driving habits.
 
2012-10-06 08:38:24 PM
"What goes up, must come down."

Writer is apparently unfamiliar with the concept of inflation.
 
2012-10-07 01:13:37 AM

SumFrequency: Gyrfalcon: Quasar: They went up 20 cents overnight. I'm sure this isn't just a gas industry money grab.

It has to be some kind of price manipulation. Even if there was a refinery fire, even with pipeline issues, unless the fire burned down the tank farms at Carson and Benicia (which I know for a fact they didn't) there is NO WAY there is suddenly no gas. It's not like all the gasoline is gone or the ability to make more has vanished. This is gougers taking advantage of a possible shortage that might somehow occur sometime in the future someday.

Most likely. I'm in NorCal, and 3 weeks ago prices were 4.17. I went out of town on a work trip for a week, and when I returned, they were 4.53. As of today, the same station is up to 4.75. I don't get it.

Fortunately, I live 5 minutes away from work, so I go through a tank of gas in about a month. I know there are people who drive an hour or more just to get to work, probably more during rush hour, but honestly, the extra time I don't spend seated in traffic as well as the gas costs are well worth the +200/month to live there. I like leaving at 5 and being able to pull a beer out of my own fridge at 5:15 assuming crappy traffic.

It's not the gas that confuses me, it's the time everyone is willing to spend getting to/from work that's completely wasted. Also, they have to pay for the gas.



Sometimes, I sit in traffic jams in Houston and I realize that the people around me sit in them twice a day 5 days per week throughout the year. And, it puzzles me, too, that they will waste so much of each year in traffic jams and periodically vote against relatively speedy mass transit. They just seem not to have enough math ability to do a cost and benefit analysis of their time in relation to their lifespan. It makes me think that math education must be woefully inadequate in this country.
 
2012-10-07 06:46:55 AM

bintherdunthat: that they will waste so much of each year in traffic jams and periodically vote against relatively speedy mass transit.


5 days a year in traffic beats 5 minutes stuck in a train with a crazy smelly person who has possibly soiled themselves.

/public transit attracts some bad elements
 
2012-10-07 11:36:09 AM

Poundit Hardus: Lives in California, weather not an issue - 60 MPG

[i1044.photobucket.com image 619x309]


Buy lots of life insurance.
Can I get a policy on you?
 
2012-10-07 11:39:07 AM
Not if Obama's people have any say in the matter. He loves high gas prices to prop up his idiotic policies of pushing us prematurely towards technology that is not viable.
 
2012-10-07 12:09:05 PM

Ilikeit: Not if Obama's people have any say in the matter. He loves high gas prices to prop up his idiotic policies of pushing us prematurely towards technology that is not viable.


There is tech that is viable but for unknown reasons not promoted. I have seen a Honda clarity and they actually work and drive like a car should. Currently converting an old jeep to use a fuel cell now because they work and refilling is about the same as using LPG and without the wait to recharge like battery powered cars. The price right now is not even a crazy number anymore.A little infrastructure would make it possible to drive beyond the 300 mile range. I will use mine close to home simply because that is where I have to refill for now. Not soo much I want to be green but the fact I can make my own fuel and my solar runs the electrolysis. The green I care more about is dollars but only water emissions are good.
 
2012-10-07 12:09:18 PM

fluffy2097: bintherdunthat: that they will waste so much of each year in traffic jams and periodically vote against relatively speedy mass transit.

5 days a year in traffic beats 5 minutes stuck in a train with a crazy smelly person who has possibly soiled themselves.

/public transit attracts some bad elements


Indeed. Evidence of this is fascinating.
 
2012-10-07 03:25:11 PM
Californians having trouble with reality thinking their gas prices are going to go back down

Oh they will . . . after the election.
 
2012-10-08 09:32:58 AM

fluffy2097: 5 days a year in traffic beats 5 minutes stuck in a train with a crazy smelly person who has possibly soiled themselves.


When I worked in downtown Chicago, the suburban trains (Metra) were never like that. It was nice to be able to read a book or newspaper, or look at the gridlock on the Dan Ryan and wave at the people stuck in traffic. Not only was the trip much faster, it was cheaper than merely parking downtown, never mind the gas prices, insurance rates, and wear and tear on the car. That being said, I really like having my job about five minutes from home as I do now - it's like getting two extra hours a day.
 
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