By on May 11, 2021

With the Colonial Pipeline shut down due to last week’s ransom hacking, the Eastern United States has found itself running out of fuel. The line was shut down on Friday as a precaution and we’ve since learned that it’s not going to be reopened until this weekend — and maybe not even then.

While this has left some of us with fuel prices creeping aggressively toward $3 per gallon, other parts of the East Coast have seen panic buying and legitimate outages. But it’s hardly surprising when you consider the Colonial Pipeline is the country’s largest. Turning off the tap has ramifications and they’re manifesting all across the coast, though the situation appears to be substantially worse in southern states. 

Local outlets are reporting stations without any fuel to speak of in places like Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland. While prices have held below the $3 mark, panic buying seems to have tapped out more than a few stores. Ironically, West Texas Intermediate crude had plummeted this time last year. Barrels were trading at a negative $35 per barrel as the lapse in demand created by pandemic lockdowns resulted in a surplus so huge there was nowhere to keep the excess volume.

Before you freak out, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has predicted a national price jump well below 10 cents over the next week. That gives you plenty of time to top off the tank and keep it there if prices skyrocket through the summer months or outages become commonplace. Of course, the AAA is also urging against panic buying (even though it’s already started in some areas) because that typically makes the issue worse for everyone and things are already going to be difficult to predict. Even if the pipeline was reactivated today at full capacity, it could be a couple of weeks before fresh oil reaches all impacted states.

“This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally,” AAA spokesperson Jeanette McGee said in a statement. “Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee and the East Coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week. These states may see prices increase 3 to 7 cents this week.”

On Monday, Colonial said it wants to get most of its operations back online by the weekend. But that’s not going to be enough to dodge shortages and price hikes. GasBuddy estimated roughly 7 percent of gas stations located in Virginia have already run out of fuel. Neighboring states are doing better, but places like Georgia and Florida have also seen stations dry up. North Carolina even issued a state of emergency pertaining to the situation in the hopes that it would help maintain its existing supply.

“While our mainlines (Lines 1, 2, 3 and 4) remain offline, some smaller lateral lines between terminals and delivery points are now operational,” Colonial explained over the weekend. “We are in the process of restoring service to other laterals and will bring our full system back online only when we believe it is safe to do so, and in full compliance with the approval of all federal regulations.”

Pulling back to look at the bigger picture, American’s are likely to see some of the highest fuel prices witnessed since 2014. While it doesn’t sound good, it doesn’t appear to be an impossible to manage crisis until you’ve read what Bloomberg has to say. The outlet took a snapshot of the coastal plight and appears to have only run with quotes from people enduring (or convinced of) the worst. While fairly bleak, it’s a good resource if you want to learn more about the pipeline hackers, gas stations that have run out of fuel, or read about what the oil industry and government are attempting to accomplish.

From Bloomberg:

Federal environmental regulators are waiving rules that bar the sale of conventional gasoline in areas where reformulated fuel is required. They also will permit the sale of gasoline that doesn’t satisfy requirements meant to help combat smog. The waivers apply to Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., through May 18.

In New Jersey, closely held Bolkema Fuel Company began topping off its stockpiles as soon as word spread of the Colonial outage.

“There is a panic going out, you know, when you hear something like this,” said Vice President John Bolkema. “I called in an extra driver and said, just run a few extra loads. Let’s pump up the inventory and wait this out.”

His supplier increased prices at least three times on Monday as other businesses sought to stock up, and Bolkema’s commercial clients are asking for extra deliveries to avoid running low.

“It’s going to be catastrophic,” John Patrick, chief operating officer of Liberty Petroleum LLC, told the publication. “Governors should declare a state of emergency and ask people chasing tanker trucks to gas stations to stay home. School buses stay put.”

Emergency shipments of gasoline and diesel from Texas are already on the way to southeastern cities via tanker trucks. But a large amount of the supply will be going to service military bases that were also being impacted by the pipeline shutdown. Oil will also be shipped in from overseas but that isn’t something the United States could maintain without prices becoming astronomical and inland refineries will still have a tough time until the pipeline is restored.

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258 Comments on “We Ran Out of Fuel on the East Coast...”


  • avatar
    slavuta

    Great! Biden’s agenda is achieved. Food will not be delivered to the cities

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “Great! Putin’s agenda is achieved. Food will not be delivered to the cities”

      There, fixed it for you.

      You’re puppet masters at the troll farm will be happy.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Don’t even try Kamala. This is your pipe, your America and your management, your counter intelligence, your screw up.

      • 0 avatar
        Crosley

        It’s Biden’s son that has the problem taking bribes from foreign governments, like the mayor of Moscow. Remember?

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Crosley,

          not current mayor, x-mayor’s wife. Although, what is the difference? When you’re mayor and your wife is major construction contractor…

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Evidence?
            Those allegations were made while the last president was in office.

            That would mean one of 2 things: The allegations are false or the tRump Whitehouse and AG were grossly incompetent at their jobs.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        According to Russian sources

        “Baturina’s organization send money to Rosemont Seneca Thornton LLC, and Hunter was one of the founders of it.”

        Viktor Baturin. Brother.

        I am not putting to much negative into the action itself because it is realated to lobbying of the interests of Russian corporation in the US, normal stuff that happens every day. But Hunter being vice-president’s son definitely used this unethically to his advantage. Poor Russians think that if he is related to the holder of power, he can do anything.

      • 0 avatar
        Norman Stansfield

        “Your puppet masters at the troll farm will be happy.”

        There, fixed it for you.

      • 0 avatar
        dantes_inferno

        I’m having fun watching the Biden-ians and Trump-ians go at each other.

        In the meantime, I plan to kick-back on vacation with my favorite beverage and enjoy the decline.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Buzz off, troll.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Mike, anything productive today? May be? May be reattachment surgery will help?

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Oh, absolutely, slavuta, I want my penis removed right now. On my way to the hospital as we speak. Can’t wait to be a girl.

          (Hopefully that convinces you of how clever you are. Thank me anytime. Now can you please go away?)

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            I am glad, you read me. Is that the video you watch all day? That’s explains it.
            But don’t worry. There is nothing to worry about. Keep posting. I promise to answer your every thought.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            Do you hack shoulder to shoulder with these guys and drink energy drinks from the same can like when you were fighting with the Taliban?

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      This is why I, at least, don’t comment here as often. Every third post is full of you guys politically baiting each other, and it’s exhausting. Nowhere in the article is any sort of partisan sentiment or evidence mentioned, and it was entirely unnecessary for you to go there.

      • 0 avatar
        Loser

        Thank you Kyree, 100% spot on.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        @Kyree:

        You’re being kind calling this “political baiting.” Far as I can tell, there’s no political thought behind it – matter of fact, it’s nothing but a cry for attention or something.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “Nowhere in the article is any sort of partisan sentiment or evidence mentioned”

        Amazing considering it’s a Posky post.

      • 0 avatar
        jkross22

        Yup. It’s not worth the time.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        What of @Kyree I told you that there were well moderated forums on the internet where people who claimed to fight with the Taliban and expressed a desire to eat their neighbors were shown the door. What if I told you this was once such a place even.

        But as this has become a place where the reader is left to do their own research and editing of the regurgitated press releases we shouldn’t be shocked that it is also self moderated now.

        At least Bertel brought solid insight. Not sure what the current staff brings. Aren’t you a staff writer?

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Art,

          Taliban is de-facto recognized by US government as legit organization since we sign up official documents with them. I don’t get it…

          Although, in typical Pompeo fashion, the official document title is
          “Agreement for Bringing Peace to Afghanistan between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan which is not recognized by the United States as a state and is known as the Taliban and the United States of America”

          If you don’t recognize it, how are you signing the agreement. Dual personality disorder, for sure. Or, may be organization is recognized but the state is not recognized. This could be too.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            I never said one thing about the US government and how they interact with them. I was simply reminding everyone about your claims that you fought with them and your claims that in hard times you’d eat your neighbor so nobody takes your nonsense seriously

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Art, don’t throw away the context and the meaning. You might eat your neighbor first. You never know.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            Nope, I know. Like the song says, I’ve got a shotgun, rifleman’s a 4 wheel drive and a country boy can survive.

            Seriously, I know, as does any other sane and decent person. Besides, starving thiEr population is the mark of your government…not mine.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          And what are you going to shoot? You killed off all the bizon. 300M people will be competing with you. And one of them will probably pick you today vs some animal [may be] tomorrow.
          I don’t know who starved whom but I know that your gov. today has people who wants to ban beef. And unless your state splits from DC you are going to suffer. There we go full circle. Break up of US is now good for you, if you want to have some beef in the future.

          • 0 avatar
            RHD

            The actual lyrics are “I’ve got a shotgun, a rifle, and a 4-wheel drive, and a country boy can survive”. Hank Williams, Jr. (He isn’t a tenth of what his father was, by the way.)

            I guess survival means going off-road, killing something, like a squirrel, or a skunk, or an opossum, and eating it. For the illiterati, that’s a way of life to aspire to.

    • 0 avatar
      Hydromatic

      Didn’t we used to have a moderation staff to tamp down kerfluffles like these?

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “Didn’t we used to have a moderation staff to tamp down kerfluffles like these?”

        Nah….Just another media outlet cashing in on political divisiveness.

        Click…click…click…

    • 0 avatar
      kjhkjlhkjhkljh kljhjkhjklhkjh

      It is great plan , i’m glad to get rid of the lower class fools .. and after last years election behavior starving out all the republican’s and taking away their guns will solve the racism issue in this country, solve the lower education standards they brought about and finally get man made make believe deity’s out of little kids heads.

    • 0 avatar
      Pig_Iron

      Thanks Xiden.
      :-/

  • avatar
    wjtinfwb

    Hard to comprehend just how much has changed in the last year and a half. Between COVID, Fuel, Civil unrest, Racial division, etc. Never thought I’d think of 2019 as “the Best of Times” but it sure seems so right now.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Not best of times but was getting back to it.Best of times was when did not have anti-Americans in the gov.

      • 0 avatar
        Loser

        Cause nothing says I love America like siding with Putin at Helsinki, confessing to the world you “Fell in love” with a certain North Korean dictator after receiving a “Beautiful letter” from him, mocking POW’s for being captured or having your supporters beat cops with Trump flags and fire extinguishers and then saying “We love you, you are very special people” to the rioters.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Loser,

          don’t get into your own way. Trump’s ability to work with all sorts of regimes is a great asset that we have not seen in a long time. This is the essence of the diplomacy. Wait, I am not getting. America through its latest history worked with all sorts of dictators very well. Why NK dictator is bothering you? But Saudi prince who knew about a journalist being dismembered at the embassy – don’t. And such examples are aplenty.

          “supporters beat cops with Trump flags” – this is not exactly truth. Among Trump supporters were people who had nothing to do with Trump supporters. They just used the occasion. ANTIFA provocateurs were there. Neo nazis, etc. I have a great video on Antifa at work at the capitol. Well organized operation.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Yeah, here’s the video.

            youtube.com/watch?v=SkgTxQm9DWM

            Buzz off.

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            slavuta,

            Isn’t it touching how well diverse (real meaning, not woke meaning) opinions are received on here?;( Welcome to Amerika.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Loser, if you’re really interested, stop this video at the time in this link and look, who really broke into the capitol building

          https://youtu.be/MRNTra28Hfk?t=1000

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Expressing various political views is one thing, but mods should be ready and willing to delete posts and ban when posters fall off the fact-based wagon into pure conspiracy theory.

    • 0 avatar
      SaulTigh

      To me, the main thing it shows is just how thin the veneer of civilized society is. If all deliveries stopped tomorrow, we’re 3-4 days away from people legitimately starving. You think things were wild last summer, wait until people that have never been hungry in their lives are hungry and in the streets.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        I am glad you’re realizing this. Nobody believes me that America can change in weeks. This is all the efficiency our societies been fed for decades. “We’re going to be more efficient if a large corporation takes care of everything”, they say. This is nothing yet

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        @SaulTigh – Everything runs on some variation of the L.E.A.N. model. Minimal inventory and “just in time” delivery. It only works when all the components are working well. COVID-19 has shown many flaws in the system.

        • 0 avatar
          Old_WRX

          Lou_BC,

          “Everything runs on some variation of the L.E.A.N. model.”

          LEAN always looked good on paper, but it is a set up for disaster. It has no damage tolerance. But, the bean counter rules in the corporate world. This could be viewed as a flaw in the capitalist system along with things like a ridiculous amount of duplication of effort — just go on Amazon and search for something like, say, a blow dryer and you’ll find hundreds of them.

          I don’t know what would be a good system. Capitalism is a mess and, by its own definition, dead ended. Communism/socialism has always been, at least as practiced, a complete disaster.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Old_WRX – agreed. No one system alone is a panacea. One should take some of the benefits of each system and apply them. Things like education and health care should be universal. There should be controls on capitalism. Guys like Gates and Bezos should be taxed and that money used to help lift the poor out of poverty.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        SaulTigh

        What you’re seeing is just some Stress Relief. Soon enough people will be vaccinated where Covid 19 is no longer a problem. Kids will return to school. Adults will return to work. Prison time for minor and mid-level criminals will be a real threat again. Finally, Trump affiliated republicans will lose big in the mid-terms and the party will cleanse itself of trump.

    • 0 avatar

      “Never thought I’d think of 2019 as “the Best of Times” but it sure seems so right now.”

      It took hundreds of years for Roman Empire to fall. But the process starts one day. Only this time it is digital and much accelerated.

      • 0 avatar
        Old_WRX

        ILO,

        “Only this time it is digital and much accelerated.”

        It’s called CAD — Computer Aided Disaster.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        You forgot to tell why Rome fell. They became too complacent, too incompetent, too corrupt and they allowed all sorts of people to come in. And their superior technology did not help. Sound familiar?

        • 0 avatar
          Old_WRX

          slavuta,

          “Sound familiar?”

          Er, uh, at least slightly.

        • 0 avatar
          Peter Gazis

          Rome fell because it was fighting too many wars at once.

          • 0 avatar

            “Rome fell because it was fighting too many wars at once.”

            It actually fell when it stopped fighting wars. It’s raison d’être was waging wars and territorial expansion.

          • 0 avatar
            Peter Gazis

            Actually the Eastern half of the Roman Empire became the Byzantine Empire and stood until 1400 A.D.

          • 0 avatar
            tomLU86

            So, I suppose with our imperial troopers in 100 countries today, America is not fight too many wars.

            Modern societies offer great benefits (if they can avoid WWI and WWII) to the the vast majority of people living in modern countries. However, they are complex-and fragile.

            The pipeline shows how fragile. The pandemic (Plandemic?) shows the same.

            The more advanced the society, the harder it will be hit if things unravel.

            America has troops in 100 countries, and Biden has doubled down on provoking Russia. We’ll see if the US backs down, and looks stupid, or if we have shooting, and it spirals out of control.

            While the pipeline is apolitical, it seems to me that Biden is doubling down on Trumps bad decisions–and adding a whole bunch of “his” (or his handlers, aka the Democrats) of his own.

            I’m sure they are looking for a way to used this fuel crisis to their benefit–maybe a “no mask, no gas” policy? LOL

        • 0 avatar

          “Sound familiar?”

          Yes, I lived through it in Soviet Union.

      • 0 avatar
        Peter Gazis

        Inside Looking out

        America’s best days are still ahead of us.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Thank you Peter. These Russian trolls are just itching to see us collapse. It isn’t going to happen. We have had divisive politics for 200 years. The only change is that we now have them in out pocket

          Bottom line, we aren’t going anywhere, and that galls people like him and Slavuta.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            “These Russian trolls are just itching to see us collapse.”

            a-ha! I want to cut the branch on which I sit. Rrrrright. May be I just seen things Americans had not. I just see patterns here. Same patters that existed before in other places. And for America it will be even quicker. Think about it. Who are Americans really to each other? I’ve seen people of the same ethnic group murder each other for their political believes. And the other thing is, this is current trend – small national states. EU went into opposite direction relatively recently and look what is happening now. UK is out. And some other countries are not happy. Check what is happening in France. In the last decades we’ve seen Quebec, Karalunya, Scotland referendums, and more. US politicians do nothing to keep this country together. In fact – the opposite.

        • 0 avatar

          “America’s best days are still ahead of us.”

          Nobody mentioned America so far. But what you said is a wishful thinking. China is taking over.

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            Inside Looking Out,

            “But what you said is a wishful thinking.”

            It can’t be long before the hollow bubble of what is left of America collapses in on itself. But, they won’t see it until the ground under their feet disappears. It’s been so obvious for so many years it’s hard to understand how people can remain oblivious. But, they do.

          • 0 avatar
            tomLU86

            @Inside-looking-out

            China has it’s own problems. They are more serious than the USA’s. We just don’t hear about them, because there is not free press in China.

            The Chinese people start from a lower place–but they are tougher.

            Nations cannot live beyond their means continuously and indefinite.

            People here who say America’s best days are ahead are counting on science and technology to cover the gap between what people want and what our system can provide.

            I don’t see it happening. I see the opposite–technology exploited by the elite/deep state/govt to enrich themselves and take away people’s property and freedom.

            The good news is it, won’t happen tomorrow. And it may not happen.

            But this pipeline fiasco is another example of overly complex solutions applied to established systems–how many decades has America had pipelines?

            How many of you have had to contact a financial company or govt agency with a simple question, only to wait for ever?

    • 0 avatar
      28-Cars-Later

      It was the best of times, it was the BLURST of times?!?

  • avatar

    Let’s think about this quote:

    “It’s going to be catastrophic,” John Patrick, chief operating officer of Liberty Petroleum LLC.

    -A seller of widgets appears-

    “There’s no more widgets for months! These are the last ones, a catastrophe for widgets! The prices will go crazy!”

  • avatar
    johnny ringo

    Everybody who has a Geo Metro stored away is probably getting them out and dusting them off. Based on the comments in Mr. Polsky

    Everybody who has a Geo Metro squirreled away is probably getting them out and dusting them off. But seriously, I think people are over-reacting to the fuel shortage, according to the article, the pipeline owners expect most of the operations to be back to normal by the weekend. It will be interesting to see how sales of electric vehicles and hybrids perform during this shortage. For an interesting diversion read “Madness and the Delusion of Crowds” written by Charles MacKay in 1841.

  • avatar
    johnny ringo

    Everybody who has a Geo Metro stored away is probably getting them out and dusting them off. Based on the comments in Mr. Polsky

    Everybody who has a Geo Metro squirreled away is probably getting them out and dusting them off. But seriously, I think people are over-reacting to the fuel shortage, according to the article, the pipeline owners expect most of the operations to be back to normal by the weekend. It will be interesting to see how sales of electric vehicles and hybrids perform during this shortage. For an interesting diversion read “Madness and the Delusion of Crowds” written by Charles MacKay in 1841.

  • avatar
    Pig_Iron

    It’s a pipe. Why is it connected to a computer?

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “It’s a pipe. Why is it connected to a computer?”

      Pressure and flow sensors feed computers which regulate pumps.

      • 0 avatar
        Urlik

        ..and they took all the computer controls down to keep the ransom ware from spreading through the whole system.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          It does show that one’s infrastructure needs to be hardened against hacking.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            The infrastructure does need hardening against hacking, but we could also develop cars that could be fueled from panels atop homes by the sun and eliminate some of the dependence on the existing pipeline infrastructure.

          • 0 avatar

            They already exist. The whole solution to localize/decentralize energy production already exists. It is called Tesla. It includes solar roofs, solar panels, storage solutions to store energy when sun does not shine, and mobility solution called S3XY. What else you need? Travel to space station mobility solution? Land on Moon? Its all covered too.

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            Lou_BC,

            “It does show that one’s infrastructure needs to be hardened against hacking.”

            That one’s a perpetual arms race.

        • 0 avatar
          Old_WRX

          And, their sys-admin department is sweating bullets right now. Talk about pressure.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            “They already exist. The whole solution to localize/decentralize energy production already exists. It is called Tesla.”

            Yeah, I was being sarcastic.

            “That one’s a perpetual arms race.”
            Not really. Depending on what you do, you can shut down/out hackers in a number of ways. Some easy, some a bit more exotic.

            One thing you don’t do is run Windows. From there it gets easier. If you do your own Linux distro and only build in the parts you need, it gets even more secure. Other things can be done to make a machine pretty much impossible to hack. At the extreme, I have the facilities for producing custom logic and could take an open-source RISC-V design and alter it and run whats called “bare-metal” which means no OS. I do frequently run bare-metal on ARM processors and could do it on an altered RISC-V. Even with a bare metal ARM, I just don’t see how you’d hack it. I also use hardware DMA controllers to communicate between machines. No ethernet etc. I do have serial controllers with hardware encryption that could go over a further encrypted VPN. You can set up more than enough obstacles that they’re going to move on. Even a state-sponsored organization could have a tough time with some hardened systems.

    • 0 avatar
      FerrariLaFerrariFace

      All computers are connected by a series of tubes.

    • 0 avatar
      Old_WRX

      mcs,

      “Not really. Depending on what you do”

      Agree that those methods of hardening are pretty tough to get past. Custom Linux build, etc. The difficulty comes in that so much of computing seems to be going the opposite direction: Windows with virtualization connected by cloud — that leaves an awful lot of surface area for attack.

      The guy in charge of IT at a company I used to work for had a great system for keeping anyone from hacking in over the modem (we’re back in the pre-internet era) attached to the server that ran the company’s administrative software. They unplugged the modem outside working hours. Nothing is more secure than physical isolation.

  • avatar
    redapple

    FLASH
    REPORT FROM Woodstock GA.

    2.44PM.
    I just went to the grocery store. Passed 4 gas stations.
    3 closed.
    1 open with long lines.

    This will get bad FAST. Especially, if not restocked until next monday or later. (pipeline back up FRI or SAT? >>> Will take a dayor 3 to restock.)

    • 0 avatar
      Urlik

      They can restock it today and runs on the station will keep them empty. Happened in my city due to a rumor 2 years ago, took a week to stabilize even though supply was fine, just that the trucks couldn’t keep up.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I wonder how much of this is a real shortage and how much of it is panic buying out of fear of a shortage.

      (My money’s on the latter, personally.)

      • 0 avatar
        Imagefont

        I say panic buying. I’ll bet some people are still sitting on a life time supply of toilet paper.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          Well, at least you’re going to go through the TP eventually. Then we have my exGF, who panic-bought like five cases of Kleenex. The only way you’d go through that much would be to binge-watch “Terms of Endearment” about 10 times a day for a few months straight, while nursing a wicked case of hay fever.

          #ReasonsSheIsMyEx

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @FreedMike – LOL

          • 0 avatar
            SaulTigh

            My dad, being elderly and internet challenged, meant to order two packages of TP during the great Covid shortage last April and accidentally ordered two CASES. Even giving some of it away to my sister and I, their supply lasted almost a year.

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            FreedMike,

            After watching Terms of Endearment that many times they’ll need some psychiatric meds, too.

      • 0 avatar
        Syke

        Definitely panic buying that emptied the three gas stations in my neighborhood, just off I-95.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Agreed, Freed. Though after 2020, can you blame the proles?

      • 0 avatar
        ttacgreg

        I have read opinions many years ago that much of the problem of the gas shortage in the early 70s was that people were afraid to run their tanks close to empty and were topping the tank off as much as possible, and when all the cars on the road we’re doing out their collective storage capacity is what created much of the shortage.

    • 0 avatar

      “This will get bad FAST.”

      Then buy Tesla -all problems are solved.

  • avatar
    ravenuer

    Just passed a gas station this morning on Long Island. $2.98.

    • 0 avatar
      ttacgreg

      I love hearing about gas prices creeping up to three dollars. Here in the resort area just west of Denver, my usual gas station was charging $4.20 for premium a few days ago. I shopped around and the best I could do is $3.75 for premium and one station is asking $4.50. Needless to say I wish prices here were creeping towards three dollars. Good time to have a Prius in the garage, and at least my premium drinking Miata is averaging 42mpg.

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    “While this has left some of us with fuel prices creeping aggressively toward $3 per gallon” Prices shot past $3 per gallon back in February. I won’t blame sleepy Joe for that since he was only just in office. I will say shutting down keystone XL sent the message loud and clear. I believe skyrocketing fuel prices are welcomed by his puppetmasters. I fact many posters on this site celebrate the same thing. It fits the liberal agenda to a T .

    • 0 avatar
      Imagefont

      Keystone XL has a complicated past, for a while there the owners were finding it unprofitable and halted production. My company has some equipment associated with it and I’ve fielded many calls in the past. If someone wants to blame Biden for blocking it, that’s fine, but like most things there are lots of details and it’s not so simple.

  • avatar
    Urlik

    About two years ago, a rumor went through our city that we were running out of gas. Of course it wasn’t true but the run on stations meant we did run out and it took days before it ended as trucks couldn’t keep up. A lot of that is going on in this situation.

  • avatar
    JMII

    Figures… I took a few days off to go fishing on the opposite side of FL and thus have to fill my tow rig plus my boat… and now this happened. Thanks hackers. Why couldn’t they do something helpful like fix my SAT scores when I was trying to get into college?

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      If you are heading for the Gulf Coast, no issues here in Charlotte County. In fact, the price of gas has dropped two days in a row, now ~$2.65 at most stations.

      Though the news tonight said there was some panic buying down in Lee County. Hilarious given all the gas down here comes across the Gulf, not from a pipeline. It’s only the very north of FL that is affected. But our Repubtard Governor had to declare a state of emergency to get folks all riled up.

  • avatar
    jmo

    Hum makes a Tesla and solar look pretty appealing.

  • avatar
    NigelShiftright

    THAT 70’s SHOW:

    Employment stagnant? Check.
    Inflation? Check.
    Gas lines? Check.

    All we need now is the return of disco.

  • avatar
    Crosley

    So glad we have a President that’s also shutting down pipelines on his own, like the Keystone.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      keystone wasn’t a pipeline to the east coast. Nothing to do with this problem. The problem here was a stupid pipeline company that was lax on security.

    • 0 avatar

      My sources tell me that it were Chinese who shut down Keystone pipeline.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        Putin’s your source.

        • 0 avatar

          Lou, some times you remind me a broken record, not even a bot. Do you have ideas other than Putin or Trump conspiracies in your head?

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            These hackers are with a twist… Look what it says about them

            “DarkSide claimed that they would not target hospitals, hospices, schools, universities, non-profit organizations, or the government sector. The group have also claimed to donate some of their ransom money to charity and have posted receipts for several apparent donations on their website.”

            Must be watched a lot of “Beware of a car”

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Do you have ideas other than Putin or Trump conspiracies in your head?”

            With you and slobuto around? Ummm No.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            “broken record”..
            I like it
            Don’t melt, Luisa

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Don’t melt”

            Ohhhh, I’m crushed by the snowflake metaphor. Who ever came up with that one? It’s as moronic as it gets.

            We’ll get to see what happens very soon when trillions of tons of accumulated snow flakes melt.

          • 0 avatar
            Old_WRX

            Lou_BC,

            “trillions of tons of accumulated snow flakes”

            I’ve completely lost faith in all this climate change clamor. The final nail in the coffin was this:

            I’m on the East coast of the US. There has been a significant change in the weather here in the last three or four years. The East coast, including where I live, is famous for it’s sauna like humidity — low humidity was a rarity. But, now we seem to get lots of days with humidity in the thirties and sometimes even in the high twenties. This is big change in the climate, but I haven’t seen a word about it in any news. I guess this change wouldn’t further their agenda.

            So, what I see is a major change in the weather completely ignored by the media while they keep on yammering on about a change in the weather that I don’t see. Call me a reality addict if you want, but I still haven’t gotten to the point where I believe what I am told more than what I see right in front of me. The current relative humidity her is 27%.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Old_WRX

            There was a guy talking who was from the National Weather Service. He said, the climate in the US had not changed in 60 years. And the “scientists” ran scare by climate for 120 years or more using both, warming and cooling as a “future problem”, depending what was in trend

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @Old_WRX – where I live we’ve seen a gradual increase in temperature over my lifetime. In my childhood we’d typically get multiple weeks in the winter of -35C to -45C weather. 50 odd years later it’s highly unusual to see -35C. Recorded temperatures have increased by several degrees. Our city’s snow budget has changed and due to very frequent “freeze/thaw” cycles our road maintenance budgets have skyrocketed.

            Add to that multiple severe fire seasons with my town engulfed in smoke. My father lived in this region from the 1950’s and only saw one bad fire season. My son’s have seen 5 severe fire seasons in their lives.

            My local news outlets have reported these changes. Nationally, no one cares about a Northern town unless it’s about to burn down in a fire.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    Obama got re-elected with $4 gas but gas LINES are election poison.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    Didn’t we just spend the better part of last year learning how to telecommute, Zoom and work from home. I realize that doesn’t apply to everyone, but why not just put a shut down order in place for a week. Problem solved.

    The panic drives these disasters. There was never a shortage of toilet paper, just idiots buying it all up and even bigger idiots yelling that the sky is falling to anyone who will listen.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    Report from Virginia:

    I’m in North Carolina on vacation.

    I’ve put gas in my cars twice in 2021 (my wife drove to the beach and filled up yesterday at $3.30/gal).

    As long as this sorts out by the time I have to go to work in July, it should be ok.

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      Update:
      In Kitty Hawk, NC, many of the gas stations seem to have closed with those that are open featuring lines of customers spilling down the street.

      It’s refreshing to see that Americans learned nothing from the needless toilet paper rush from this time a year ago.

      • 0 avatar
        A Scientist

        At this point in my life, I am thoroughly convinced that humans en masse will never learn anything from previous mistakes or experiences, and will simply repeat the same patterns of behavior forever. We already seem to be gearing up for another housing market fiasco after nearly cratering the entire economy with one just a little over a decade ago :

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    This will pass and the blip in prices will reverse to what they would have been without the interruption. While empty-headed blowhards like slavuta make meaningless comments with zip in the way of factual input, the bigger picture is being missed. America’s energy infrastructure is vulnerable to outside tampering. We really should use this as a warning – we need to harden our resources. This is not the first time such a problem has occurred, and it won’t be the last. Imagine the chaos that would result from our power grid being shut down for a week or two….people got into fist fights over gasoline during Hurricane Sandy – and that was a local event…

  • avatar
    SnarkyRichard

    I heard Colonial Pipeline’s password was p-a-s-s-w-o-r-d

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Dumbass, cost-obsessed energy company managers (likely, given similar things that happen all over the US all the time) ignore IT personnel’s security recommendations, get bit by ransomware. And all of TTAC rushes to blame Joe Biden. Seems about right.

    • 0 avatar
      SnarkyRichard

      Especially after a Russian hacker group takes the blame and then emphasizes it did it entirely for monetary gain . You can almost follow the vodka drops back to Putin and his goal to create chaos and manipulate the energy market .

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        Putin: what is the show tonight on tv?
        Assistant: implosion of America
        Putin: bring more popcorn this time, Alexey. Every night we have long show and not enough popcorn.

        • 0 avatar
          Old_WRX

          slavuta,

          “Every night we have long show and not enough popcorn.”

          Not sure that show will be all that long. All they need to do is cut off cable TV and the American public will go into complete chaos.

          • 0 avatar
            ttacgreg

            If cable got cut off, at least Rupert Murdoch would at long last be out of business here in the USA, and he would be unable to continue to sell propaganda / entertainment for profit that is ripping the USA apart. He is one immigrant that should have stayed home, well, I hear that he is living in Australia currently.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Old_WRX,

            Putin just scored 8 goals in a hockey game. It is always win for him and loss for us. One of my projects is to download all email contents to the local PC. If internet goes, so our lives.

        • 0 avatar
          Art Vandelay

          Eh, I used to watch that show where the USSR imploded, but it only lasted a single season or so.

          I know you are rooting for a similar fate here, but if you bothered to read our history you’d see we have always had political acrimony. We aren’t going anywhere. Sorry to disappoint.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            “I know you are rooting for a similar fate here”

            I want America to remain America and not become another France. I just see that the end is coming and if this is the inevitability, I want this to happen faster. I simply don’t want to spend decades of my life being thrown from ice into fire. Even other countries see that they can’t rely on US anymore. Because every administration change brings total opposite swing in policy. America is losing its importance in the world because of this. And countries getting off dollar. This is bad news for us here.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    @dal:
    You mean, Biden isn’t personally in charge of security at the pipeline? Color me shocked.

    In fairness, if this had happened six months ago, people would have been blaming Trump. You know how this goes.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @FreedMike – I read an interesting article about the Canadian Covid response and political partisanship. Partisans and politicians blame everyone else for what goes wrong and no one dispassionately assesses the situation and comes to conclusions over how to improve. We see the same thing in USA politics. The right blames the left, the left blames the right and politicians manage to avoid any accountability.

      • 0 avatar
        C5 is Alive

        “…and politicians manage to avoid any accountability.”

        Yet Leftists rend their garments crying “TREASON!” when a few hundred Americans rally and attempt to hold the vermin on Capitol Hill accountable. Funny how that works, eh?

        • 0 avatar
          Imagefont

          “A few hundred Americans”
          I’d like to change that, my standards are higher.
          I believes there’s space available at Guantánamo.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          “Attempt to hold the vermin on Capitol Hill accountable” by breaking and entering and then killing police officers?

          Oh, right, I forgot, they’re all white and pledge fealty to the Dear Leader, so they get a free pass for that sort of thing.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            Maybe instead of DC they should have coordinated riots in ten major cities like the summer of 2020?

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Not defending those at all, but at least they weren’t trying to overthrow the lawfully elected government to install an unelected dictator.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            dal20402,

            liar. No police officer was killed.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            They hit him with bear spray and he suffered fatal strokes the next day, when he had been previously healthy. That’s murder.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            dal
            The police officer in question died of stroke not related to any spray. This was coincidental. Just like few other people who suffered a heart attack that day. Spray has nothing to do with this. If it had, we would have a hospital filled with sick people from that action. He was communicating with his family same day, as nothing happened to him, never complained of any discomfort.

            But never mind. My Senator sent me a letter that this officer was banged by fire extinguisher. Looks like he is a CNN client.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Healthy man gets maced with spray much more powerful than that designed to be used on humans, suffers blood clot and strokes the next day. You really think those two things are totally unrelated?

            But in any event, even if you don’t blame the insurrectionists for killing him, they injured over a hundred other officers in their attempt to install a king.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            “their attempt to install a king.”

            nah. This is nonsense. You don’t know how people install a king. This is why you say this. Look no further than 2014 Ukraine. This is how you do it.

            Who said, he was a healthy man? Who knows what was inside of him? Same day many other people all over the word died even though they seem healthy. Many young soccer players died on the pitch, even though they were running for 10 years prior to this.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            That’s true @dal, but on the flip side, their beef was with Congress and they took it out on Congress vs. having a beef with the cops and taking it out on the local Dollar General and Taco bell.

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          @C5 is Alive – Thanks for proving my point.

          • 0 avatar
            C5 is Alive

            And thanks for proving mine.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @C5 is Alive – you had a point?

          • 0 avatar
            C5 is Alive

            Suffice it to say, Lou, that you and many others have demonstrated vividly here why those of your ideological bent must be… dealt with for this country to stand any chance for survival. Fun times ahead.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @C5 is alive

            “that you and many others have demonstrated vividly here why those of your ideological bent must be… dealt with for this country to stand any chance for survival.”

            “dealt with”….. Please explain how?

            I’m a centrist that isn’t fixated on a left or right wing agenda. Oh and I’m not American.

            Only 20-25% identify as Republican and slightly more identify as Democrat. That means the majority are more centrist staking out the middle ground. Shifts in that group determine who’s in office, not nut-jobs on either fringe.

          • 0 avatar
            C5 is Alive

            Well Lou, it only took six percent of this country’s population to fight and win our Revolutionary War. So…

            But I really the think the answer to your question depends entirely on how willing our most feral Leftist elements are to sit down, shut the eff up and cease in their many, many attempts to undermine the foundation of our country.

            Yeah, didn’t think so. Fun times ahead.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @C5 is alive – ” it only took six percent of this country’s population to fight and win our Revolutionary War.”

            Wow, I’m amazed at how that myth continues to exist.

            At the time of the “revolutionary war”, the British were engaged in war with the French and also were dealing with the Spanish and Portuguese.
            “France provided the money, troops, armament, military leadership, and naval support that tipped the balance of military power in favor of the United States and paved the way for the Continental Army’s ultimate victory”
            **source American Battlefield Trust

            “White supremacists and other like-minded extremists conducted 67 percent of terrorist plots and attacks in the United States in 2020.”
            “the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concluded that “racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists—specifically white supremacist extremists (WSEs)—will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland”
            “Anarchists, anti-fascists, and other like-minded extremists orchestrated 20 percent of the plots and attacks”
            **Source: Center for Strategic and International Studies

            But hey, why let facts interfere with your view of reality.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Lou
            is DHS the same department that watched American cities burn ?
            Then I don’t care what they say. They are useless.

            Here is news from the FBI

            “The FBI has updated it’s classification of the 2017 congressional baseball shooting. Gunman James Hodgkinson fired more than 100 rounds at congressmen, their aides and others present on June 14, 2017 is now labeled as an incident of domestic terrorism.

            The FBI-DHS report released on Friday, showed the shooting in Virginia was now placed in a section that covered significant domestic terrorism incidents that occurred in the U.S. from 2015 to 2019.”

            In other words, we know how these things being reported. FBI has a clear picture in their tabled data. Black on black terror is the biggest threat overall. Then goes black on white. White supremacy is not even close to how much murder the first 2 categories cause.

            And yes, this year alone we saw many Al Qaeda sympathizers commit crime and then media would describe them as “white”. You can say to people all you want, But people have their minds. We are living in the post-truth world. In 2015 Boston Globe wrote, “Study finds dozens of ISIS-related crimes in US… So far this year, 56 people have been charged in the United States with crimes related to the Islamic State group”. This is 2015 alone.

            Throw you DHS away. They are S###.

      • 0 avatar
        jkross22

        Lou, There’s a great TedTalk that explains why this left/right blame gets internalized, and why people believe they can’t give up an inch of ground… even when they’re wrong.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Sadly this is exactly correct, why is this always the outcome of such crisis?

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    dal20402-
    I think you are right on. I think it’s the old “it can’t happen to us- so let’s not spend money and make sure our network is very secure”.

    I find it hard to believe the Russian Nerd/Hackers are smarter than ours…maybe just as smart but we have people and systems to prevent this sort of thing….at a price.

    BTW-I’d like to block that idiot slavuta. Is there any way to do this on these comments?

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      How do you measure, who is an idiot and who is not?

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Failsafe idiot measuring sticks:
        1) Your posts
        2) Anyone who thinks they make sense

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Mike,

          you think you have much sense lately? Read your posts above ^^ – not much productivity. Whose life you had improved? What is that video? Is this a torture vid for Gitmo prisoners? May be you have a humor or satire? – no. What could I learn from you today?

        • 0 avatar
          285exp

          3) people who respond to him.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “How do you measure, who is an idiot and who is not?”

        Being and idiot is like being dead. Everyone else suffers and grieves. The corpse, like the idiot, doesn’t notice.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Lou,

          I am truly thankful to you for sharing your experiences. But I don’t promise to practice.

          What about the other subject ^^, Hunter money? Are you satisfied that Baturina’s brother himself told that – yes, Hunter received the money through his company?

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @slavutu – As I said earlier,

            “Those allegations were made while the last president was in office.

            That would mean one of 2 things: The allegations are false or the tRump Whitehouse and AG were grossly incompetent at their jobs.”

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Information of Hunter’s dealings were first brought up in US. Russians only started to talk about it later when pushed for it. Brother of the mayor’s wife admitted, this is true info. This is not some kind baseless claim.

          Don’t you think this is kinda too much for one man? – drugs, prostitutes, illegal weapons, money from China, Russia, Ukraine, China state operators in bed, sex with brother’s wife, dishonorable discharge from the military. Did I miss anything?

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Thanks for pointing out that tRump was too incompetent to appoint the right people for the job.

            Still, no proof. Or does the Kremlin have information the USA doesn’t?

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          “Still, no proof.”

          you’re denying undeniable. These transactions are official and easily verifiable. Various people have these records. There were several payments on the existing contracts. There are sums, dates, etc. Here Sergey Aleksashenko talks about these papers. You can trust him, he is from your camp. https://youtu.be/136Huq1tcRY?t=851

          “Aleksashenko, former deputy minister of finance of the Russian Federation and former deputy governor of the Russian central bank, was a scholar-in-residence in the Carnegie Moscow Center’s Economic Policy Program. ”

          The argument of US was that money from Baturina’s company was dirty because her hubby was giving her company gov. contracts outside of legit competition.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @slavuta – all your sources are either Russian or affiliated with Russia.

            Looks like your troll farm masters will give you a polonium demotion for your p!ss poor work on the western front.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Right now, you remind me an ostrich that has his head in the send and thinks that if he does not see anything, nothing is happening.

          This source is solid. In fact, this dude is not in the Putin’s wing. He is pro-west and works at Carnegie center. And the documents he described are public. And US government obviously has access to it as well as Russians. He gives exact dates, sums, etc. But then again, it wouldn’t be anything unusual if this wasn’t Hunter and Baturina.

          So, you have not one source, but 3. US gov. Top Russian Economist and brother of the business woman. All have same papers with one fact – Hunter’s company was paid by Russians

          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8799121/Russian-paid-3-5M-Hunter-Biden-did-open-doors-business-enter-market.html?fbclid=IwAR3WLPwGCVNjmNuS6txIMBaIZ0YJmNYqtTMsOUcxWyepc1DjhHLIItnGT_E

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Daily Mail UK

            ROTFLMFAO

            WTF?

            A tabloid paper is your proof?

            Hahaha hahaha….

            Being and idiot is like being dead. Everyone else suffers and grieves. The corpse, like the idiot, doesn’t notice.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          your fits don’t change anything. Yuri Bezmenov warned us, one day Americans will look at black and call it white, even if you show to them that it is black, nothing will change their opinion. KGB did their job. And you’re the best example

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            slavutu – The quality of your posts have deteriorated again. Another shift change at the troll farm.

            “KGB did their job”

            “Alex, I’ll take “smearing Biden” for 3.5 million.”

            This is way too much fun……

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      They aren’t smarter, we just don’t go around talking about ours. STUXNET only leaked accidentally. This is a low tech attack. If you are going to find some antiquated u patched system in the wild, it will be the HMI on ICS l/SCADA stuff like this.

      So far I have found an NT 3.51 box, a DR-DOS machine, a DEC PDP 11/84 and a freaking VIC-20 in the past couple years in such environments.

    • 0 avatar
      285exp

      The ignore function for this site operates very simply, each user is assigned a unique alphanumeric name. At the top of each post that name is prominently displayed. You manually assign the problematic poster to your own custom categories, like Suspected Russian Troll, or EV Fanbois, or Annoying Canuckian Leftist, or People Who Think Like Me, and whenever those names pop up in a post, you can choose whether to read it or not, and if you choose to read it anyway, you can even choose not to respond. Don’t wrestle with pigs, you both get dirty and the pig enjoys it.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “The ignore function”

        Oh and what about free speech and cancel culture

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “The ignore function”

        Oh and what about free speech and cancel culture

        • 0 avatar
          285exp

          I’m not sure what ignoring someone has to do with either free speech or cancel culture. You are free to speak all you wish, and I’m free to ignore you. I didn’t call for anyone to be canceled either.

        • 0 avatar
          28-Cars-Later

          “cancel culture”

          What is this exactly? 12 year olds who are biologically 25-30 who whine on their tracking toys to the echo chamber of Twitter? When did the barely human thoughts useless eaters become relevant? You could JDAM their hovels and nobody would even care.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Cylons hack Caprican energy distribution system

    President Adar blamed instead of Cylons, film at 11…or not.

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    For some reason, Kentucky has been hit really hard by this. Just read that Lexington and Louisville had the second highest jump in prices nationwide these past couple of weeks. The Kroger Fuel and Speedway near me jumped about .40/gal in about two weeks, but it has eased down a whopping .03/gal these past few days. We are nowhere near the east coast, I read KY doesn’t use that pipeline, so I’m thinking this is some good ol’ jack the price up because we can type of BS.
    I dropped below a quarter tank so it was time to fill up. The lines were long. The panic might be setting in…

  • avatar
    aja8888

    This must be a Big Day for the oil haters…..pipeline shut down. Great news….no birds dying over the line! Rejoice! Plus, Biden and that VP ex bartender must be thrilled!

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    @golden2husky–Best comment on this article. We have left ourselves vulnerable. As for slavuta he is either so oblivious to the fact that this was a group of Russian hackers that shut this pipeline down or maybe he is one of these hackers and is deflecting the blame for this to Biden. The real issue should be that we have left ourselves vulnerable to hacks on our infrastructure and we need to do something about it. This should not a political issue but it should be a National Security issue.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      Jeff,

      read what I said. “Biden’s agenda is achieved”. In fact, this did not blame Biden at all! The point was that his newly found green agenda was achieved, independently of “how”. At least, to the extent.

      Yea, really. Hackers holding a pipeline company hostages for ransomware… This is pathetic. If somebody locks my PC, I just format and reinstall. I also use VMs, so I can delete virtual disk and spin a copy. And a pipeline company does not have any redundancy? This is total incompetence that run broadly and deeply over entire American society, including gov, military, secret service, etc.

  • avatar
    Syke

    If you’re traveling on I-95 today, skip Virginia exit 86, Atlee/Elmont. All three gas stations were emptied by 1700 today in a mass surge of panic buying. Maybe you’ll have better luck at exit 89, Lewistown Road, as there’s a major truck stop there. Or Exit 92, Ashland.

    I got home and just plugged the car back in. Gas shortages, how 70’s.

  • avatar

    Still gas prices in Bay Area are higher than those shown on picture. And we don’t have war started here yet (wait until Governor recall election).

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Will be interesting to see how the Shortage Administration handles this crisis.

    My guess is this is transitory but it comes back later because its part of the agenda, and the administration pretends to do something but really does nothing because they do not care one iota about Americans.

    I said last year and will say again, I do wonder why 2020 was the launch of a massive campaign to transform society. No really: https://www.weforum.org/great-reset/

    So I thought, Peak Oil would be enough to prompt this so that may be in play. Grand Solar Minimum also comes to mind but this threat is a bit different and fuel doesn’t play into it as much since its more about reduced food capacity in an overpopulated world. I feel as if both may be in play, which is about right given the events of the past twenty years.

    So they release a mild bio weapon, wreck the world economy -which put a severe dent in oil demand- and will use it to introduce elements of a toleratian state (global or regional, it makes no difference). Massive illegal and legal immigration will be used to shatter nations which will make them easier to control over the next twenty years. If crops start to fail significantly in the next few years -to the point where it cannot be covered up- I imagine the flow of people moving around and events related to that are going to be biblical. Super /s.

    Expect more shortages from this administration (besides those on leadership or patriotism), some which simply happen and some which will be exacerbated behind the scenes. On the automotive front I expect the chip shortage to worsen and it will be likely chips key to ICE construction vs the vaunted EV. They want EV because it will be a tool of the Brave New World odor they will be implementing. Depending on what happens with GSM, if food really did become a problem they may lure proles back into the cities by only distributing it there.

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Foley

      @28-Cars-Later: You, sir, are correct. You appear to be one of the only ones paying close attention.

      Two minutes of “leaders” spewing “build back better” nonsense:
      https://twitter.com/JRNyquist/status/1385828256818114564?s=20

      F the Great Reset. I will support and stand with anyone willing to fight it.

      • 0 avatar

        It is hilarious. What a bunch of idiots, do they really think everything is/will be under their control? Did they study history in school and college? According to Murphy’s law “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      “Expect more shortages from this administration”

      interesting point. Did you see energy secretary press conf? Was she standing there with a serious face saying something like, “we will identify who did this and prosecute for this attack”..??
      NO!!! She was all smiles and happily reported that if we had EVs this hack would be no issue at all.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Didn’t see it but nice to know rewarding total incompetence is common to both sides of the uniparty.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Check this one. Mayorkas promises to fix our cybersecurity issues by hiring top talent and achieve diversity equity and inclusion
          https://youtu.be/OIGJya101MA?t=1227
          Not sure now. Is it going to be a top talent or equity quotas?

  • avatar
    CKNSLS Sierra SLT

    Gentlemen,
    Can we agree just to ignore slavuta’s political posts? He spews political views no matter what the story is on these pages. It’s getting REALLY OLD. Think of him as a bad cold-ignore it and eventually it gets better.
    Just my thoughts!

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      you had this right from the start. What made you post? You just said my name twice. Thanks for the advertising.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Lol…your mother said my name more than twice last night Slavuta.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Are you dead now and met her in the God’s kingdom?

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            Makes sense…she kept saying that if I gave her 10 bucks she’d take me to heaven.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Art, I know your hardships. Hard to live life without knowing who is your father. Just don’t tell me it was a birthing person from the Taliban. What a shame!

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            Yep…plenty hard…Again, ask your mother, she’ll tell you all about it.

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            We are all thankful to your mother though.

            Fortunately with the closure of this pipeline your mom’s been doing her part to help out by letting everyone lay a bunch of pipe in her.

          • 0 avatar
            slavuta

            Art, butthurt? What happened? PTSD? I know, Russians always win. It hurts. Look what KGB did to MaCain. He couldn’t even lift his arms. Must be tired to write US secrets to KGB. You can relax your tights now. Platoon is on the move. Get up.

    • 0 avatar
      ttacgreg

      A number of years ago there was some guy I think the name was Big Trucks Review or something like that. He was a YouTube channel producer and he frequently hijacked almost every commentary thread here until he was finally kicked off.

      • 0 avatar
        slavuta

        ttacgreg,

        I know you posted above – “So the hackers are innocent, its all Biden’s fault?”

        However, all my comment said was that Biden’s [green] agenda was achieved. Don’t you think that without gasoline being used, we have less pollution? I did not even said that this was Biden’s fault. And I don’t know why commenters started raging about. They are probably pre-conditioned for this.
        But it is good. There is some fire in their hearts.

    • 0 avatar

      @slavuta: You become famous!

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “Think of him as a bad cold-ignore it and eventually it gets better.”

      More like an STD that stopped responding to antibiotics!

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    We have a puppet with dementia in the White House who wishes to eliminate America’s energy independence and has no business sense and a V.P. who’s only qualifications apparently is skin color so everything will be just fine.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      teddyc73: “We have a puppet with dementia in the White House who wishes to eliminate America’s energy independence and has no business sense”

      Actually, maybe you missed the news, but he was voted out and now lives in Florida. His lack of business sense was a huge problem. Took his father’s fortune and managed to lose it all. The only reason he had any money was that he had a tv show and faked wealth. Unfortunately he managed to rack up a huge national debt while he was in office.

      ” a V.P. who’s only qualifications apparently is skin color so everything will be just fine.”
      Yeah, but in the end, he lost favor and his bosses cult members turned on him and were out to hang him.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Our VP served as a U.S. Senator, the elected Attorney General of California, and the head prosecutor of one of California’s biggest districts. What qualifications did the previous guy have, other than losing a lot of money and a willingness to express racist opinions without apparent shame?

    • 0 avatar
      SC5door

      And what was Pence’s qualifications? Not much.

      He completely ignored East Chicago Indiana which had an environmental disaster. On the day Trump chose him as running mate, then-Gov. Pence’s administration received an update from the EPA expressing the agency’s increasing concern about the lead contamination in East Chicago.

      How many times did Pence visit the residents? Zero.

      Did he help? Nope. They denied a request to declare a state of emergency. Pence’s successor Eric Holcomb did though.

      The Trump/Pence administration moved to roll back at least 76 environmental rules, including resolving to overlook the impact of the most toxic chemicals on water, air, and soil; tried to cut the EPA’s budget by a quarter; placed a former chemical industry trade group executive in charge of helping to oversee the EPA’s chemical unit; tried to shutter the agency that investigates chemical plant disasters; and nominated a former Dow Chemical attorney to lead the Superfund program.

      Or how about the I-69 project in Indiana? 2 years behind schedule but Pence said that this was going to be a “model” for infrastructure planning. Oh yea, Isolux Corsan has ZERO experience building bridges and roads in the United States.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “And what was Pence’s qualifications?”

        A very very white Christian Evangelical.

        And the ability to ignore the “Christian Evangelical” part in the name of the “one term failure”

  • avatar

    Others have mentioned this, but if folks refuse to ‘panic buy’ the issue should be manageable. The ones who will be truly affected are those who commute to work on a daily basis. Someone earlier mentioned they had only filled up twice this year. They will not feel the effects of this most likely. Someone like myself who commutes and fills up nearly weekly will see a bit more of an effect, but in the long run it will not be as dire as some expect. Unfortunately not all heads are cool.

  • avatar
    ToolGuy

    Finally decided to try no-ethanol fuel in my vehicles:

    http://www.pure-gas.org

  • avatar
    jimmyy

    Don’t worry. Joes got this. After all, he got 80 million votes dangit.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    There again mixing politics with gas. The only gas that politicians make is after they are fed by the lobbyists.

  • avatar
    macmcmacmac

    The impending shut down of Enbridge Line 5 in Michigan doesn’t even warrant a passing mention on TTAC? It’s going to make this seem like a tea party.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      “Whitmer, who campaigned on shutting down the pipeline, has received support from Democratic attorneys general as well environmental campaigners and Indigenous communities on both sides of the border.”

      So, it was in the script from the start.
      Do you think this is a bigger scandal than NY refusal to permit NG pipeline from PA to MA? And because of this MA gets LNG from Russia.

      Canada can wait in 4-year cycles, or just build a line to the Pacific and Chinese tankers will come.

      • 0 avatar
        macmcmacmac

        Building a new pipeline to the Pacific has been politically impossible for a number of reasons, and is an everlasting testament to the limited vision of too many people here. They want all of the benefit and none of the responsibility.

        Quebec insured we couldn’t implement Energy East by prohibiting the building of a pipeline through it which would have allowed Alberta oil to go straight to the largest Canadian refinery in Saint John, New Brunswick.

        We’ll see how it all settles if Line 5 is actually shut down and a few thousand tanker cars a day have to travel by rail to keep the economy somewhat functional. Warren Buffet and Bill Gates will love it.

        Every day seems to bring a fresh hell.

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        “or just build a line to the Pacific and Chinese tankers will come.”

        That’s already in the works. My brother’s forest company is making a killing building “right-of-way” for the oil line. The plan is for twin lines. 50 km North of me there’s a pipe storage area covering hectares of land.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          More good news for your favorite man – Putin. All the oil that Canada can’t route to US will be replaced with Russian oil.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            @slavuta – replaced with Russian oil? Seriously? Oh…right…you are…LOL

            Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Venezuela and Nigeria are the top 5 exporters to the USA.
            Geopolitics should be something they teach you in troll school. 98% of Canadian oil already goes to the USA.

            A pipeline to the west coast to expand markets in the Asia Pasific rim makes economic sense.

            There are benefits to China becoming dependent upon western oil since we control the taps.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Nah, Russia is number 3-4 petroleum import to US

          https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/oil-and-petroleum-products/imports-and-exports.php

          Venezuela and Nigeria… hahahaha

          Venezuela – 0. It is under sanctions and their oil can only be replaced by Russian Urals brand.
          https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_move_impcus_a2_nus_ep00_im0_mbbl_m.htm

          2020 was a bit slow for Russia in US, but general trend – is it is going back to 2010 levels

    • 0 avatar
      Matt Foley

      Mac, thanks for posting this. I spend the first ten minutes of every workday reading various news sites and I hadn’t heard a thing about Enbridge Line 5 from any American news organization, yet the Guardian (UK) reported on it. I’m in Ohio so this definitely affects me.

      Eco-communism is a scourge. They’re trying to take us back to subsistence agriculture and living in mud huts.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I am not against the pipeline from Canada but much of the Canadian oil is refined and exported to other countries. The Canadian oil is not so much about making the US independent from Saudi oil and more about economics of a pipeline to the US where the coastal refineries can process the oil with existing facilities. It is hard to build any new refineries with government restrictions and costs both in the US and Canada. Exporting refined product is more profitable than just exporting oil. This is also using the economies of scale by using an existing refinery that is being used anyway. There has not been a major refinery built in the US since the mid 1970s. Having worked in the oil and gas industry for years I have more knowledge about this than many.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      Exactly. It’s more economical to ship via pipeline than build new refineries. The pipeline being built in my backyard is designed to ship oil both ways.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Lou_BC–I believe many get so emotional over the pipeline and the US being energy independent that they cannot see the business end of pipelines and refining. The US does not have a shortage of oil but less refinery capacity and pipeline shutdowns like the hacking of the Colonial Pipeline cause shortages of gasoline, diesel, and other refined products. The timber industry is similar in that there is no shortage of timber but more like a limited number of mills that can process timber into wood products and these mills are for the most part controlled by a limited number of companies and corporations. Those who own timberland and sell to the corporations who own the mills are not the ones making the big money more like those who own and control the mills.

  • avatar
    MyerShift

    Just part of the liberal plan to have us paying as much as the Europeans do for fuel as their grip of control tightens more and more around our collective necks until we lose our freedom, mobility, self-respect, and good way of life. How dare Americans enjoy a high standard of living. It’s not right!

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