In this new era of scary news and fake news, let us talk about something real.
Gas prices. Right now they are at about $2.70 for regular gas where I’m at. They always seem to get higher when we use it more, and less when we don’t. For years the news stations would say that the price went up because of crude oil prices. It can a bit. The rest of the time it’s things like they are cleaning some refinery tanks and production is low.
What if all that is not true? After working for a petroleum company in West Sacramento I found out that it costs fractions of a cent to process one gallon of gas. It costs another fraction of a cent to truck it to the stations.
So even if you rounded up to a penny and let the station make some money we are still taking about a nickle per gallon. It was years ago that I worked there so allowing for inflation I am using a penny and five cents as an example. Still the fact remains it is not expensive to process one gallon of gas since they do it by the millions at a time.
Are the regular news stations lying when they tell us otherwise? Not really. That is the information they receive. The rest of the money for all the high cost of gas goes to the petrol companies and local government. Does the government lie? No, they tell us about the taxes that are imposed on gas to pay for other things.
Is anyone lying? Yes, it would be the petrol companies that don’t want people to know it’s really inexpensive to process gasoline. Should we be surprised? Not really. The bankers didn’t tell everyone they were running things into the ground until it was too late not to say something. Why? Greed.
If the cleaning of one tank makes the prices higher and slows production would that not mean that some gas stations would not have supply for a while? It does not happen. They know when they need to clean and repair a tank and they make enough gas beforehand. So there is no need for any price change.
How do I know this? I asked. The people I worked for could not account for the changes in prices. What does that imply? That the only changes in prices are just to benefit the petrol companies. Is there another feasible explanation?
As it is, I use gas powered cars, and my scooter is a 2 stroke engine. To balance that, I do my recycling and have raised chickens in my back yard. The Prius was made in a factory run on coal energy and is not a good environmental conscience solution. Other than that, I don’t fight big oil, they help me get to work and travel all over the planet. I do enjoy the freedom I feel riding my scooter and it only costs a pittance of what my car uses. Why say anything? We should all know what we are dealing with and make an informed decision.