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Why are we seeing gas shortages now?
Texas is the energy capital of the country, both in terms of crude oil production and refining that into different types of fuel such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other products. Several refineries shut down as a precaution before Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas coast on Friday night as a category 4 hurricane. In the following days, as the storm caused widespread flooding, more inland refineries stopped operations. As of late Wednesday, more than a fifth of the nation's refining capacity -- including two of the country's largest oil refineries -- was out of commission as oil companies battled flooding.
originally posted by: tigertatzen
a reply to: coldkidc
This stupidity started as a facebook rumor, and repeated statements have gone out that there is no gas shortage. People are panicking over something they saw on facebook, ffs. We've never seen anything like it...absolutely zero fact, simply a facebook rumor, and suddenly all the gas stations in San Antonio have bags over their pumps.
I was caught in traffic earlier, which was generated entirely by the mindless idiots out there rushing to get gas, and had the opportunity to witness the gas prices at four different places raise ten entire cents right in front of me, within less than five minutes. People were acting like complete asses, cutting each other off and screaming and being stupid...and now there really IS a gas shortage...until a few hours from now when they all get trucks in.
Now...since this is ATS, it could be postulated that someone started that facebook rumor deliberately, knowing that people would lose their minds, despite repeatedly being told that there was no actual shortage. It would not surprise me either...it's no secret that plenty of people exploit the aftermath of natural disasters.
This whole thing is just weird. Then again, everything is getting weird.