posted on Jul, 12 2008 @ 12:15 PM
Is it just me or has everybody else noticed that nothing has really changed due to gasoline and the price that it commands now.
The oil still gets here every day in our ports. Sure, it’s more expensive than it’s ever been, but we still use it as we have before, with out
care for the most part. Planes still fly, cars still race, the military still does their exercises and trucks and trains still deliver the goods.
Check these numbers out:
According to the EIA, we produce slightly over 5,000,000 barrels a day in the US, Texas being the top producing state at some 1.1 million barrels a
day. A barrel is 42 gallons or 7.33 barrels per metric ton. (funny… I always assumed barrels were 55 gallons!)
We EXPORT some 1.3 million barrels of total oil a day. What is that all about? We export oil? If oil is so precious, then why do we do that instead of
using it here at home easing our need for foreign oil?
Canada is the top US supplier, with some 1.8 million barrels a day coming here. Most of it coming from the tar sands up there. Kinda makes you wonder
about there role in the upcoming AMERO thing, huh? If you believe in that sort of thing…and yes. I do believe that theory will come true.
The US imports some 5.5 million barrels a day from OPEC.
The US total petroleum use per day is some 20.6 million barrels a day. That’s not just for gas and jet fuel. It’s the plastic’s industry as well
as the wax industry and the lubricant’s industry as well.
Some 69% of US oil consumption is due to transportation. Cars, big trucks and rail.
We, in the US use some 388.6 million gallons a day. Gasoline only in this stat, no diesel included here.
The US government taxes gas at the rate of 18.4 cents a gallon.
If I did the math right that’s some 71.5 million a day in tax revenue.
I realize these numbers might not be accurate in today’s $140.00 a barrel for oil. If anything the numbers are higher and perhaps we use slightly
less gasoline than before the price jump..
Answer honestly; do you try to save gas? Are you restricting your life to a huge degree because of gas prices? Are you conserving?
I can say honestly that I don’t conserve a whole lot. I ride my Harley’s when I want, take the car out when I want and when I have to get to work.
When and if gas gets restricted I’ll adjust, but until then…the hell with it. I have a life to live.
Granted I don’t live on a fixed income and I have the disposable income to let my gas consumption not be a bother. Does that make me a bad person? I
don’t think so. Gas costs x amount and I pay it without thought.
I realize that there are a lot of issues in this post and I’m looking foreword to seeing your responses.
I guess the point of all of this is that the government knows most of its citizens can absorb this higher priced gasoline and they’re running with