I’ve written about high gas prices in the past, and who seems to take the blame for them. It’s usually the person you hate the most, as they become a scapegoat for your personal hate. Never mind that oil is a commodity, and gasoline stations in the United States are private companies that charge whatever they want to gouge drivers.
And thus appeared this recent tweet by a local Congressional candidate who hopes to receive the nomination once again.
Okay, normally I would link this tweet to my blog, but I’ve discovered that by linking the tweet, it actually increases that tweeter’s traffic. Plus, if there’s an issue with the tweet, the tweeter can remove it, leaving me with a broken link. Thus, a nice pretty screenshot instead.
At first blush, we can determine that our prickly person is furious that gasoline prices are so high that she has to invest $100 and can’t fill her tank up. But let’s look into this, shall we?
The pump says that $100 was dispensed, providing 20.412 gallons of gasoline. Here’s a clearer shot of that photo.
Now for a little math. What does $100 divided by 20.412 equal, kids?
The answer is $4.899. Or, in gasoline parlance, $4.89 and 9/10 of a cent.
And of the available gasoline prices in the photo, what is the only one that matches $4.89?
Yep. The premium non-ethanol blend. Now I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing in my car’s operations manual that says I need to put high-test fuel in my car when regular gasoline will suffice. So what we have here is someone who picked the most expensive gasoline at the pump, pumped as much as she could get of that expensive blend for $100, then photographed that she could only fill HER GAS GUZZLING TRUCK with 3/4 of a tank, and then bitch about gas prices to … Paul Tonko??
Again, I need to check this out, but last I heard, Paul Tonko wasn’t the Chairman of Sunoco. And if he is supporting our attempts to cut down on fossil fuels and to find cleaner, more productive sources of energy – last I checked, wind, rivers and sunshine didn’t charge extra for blowing, flowing and glowing – then weaning us off fossil fuels makes us less reliant on countries and corporations that would charge us to use such commodities.
But what we have here is a photo of political theater. It’s supposed to show that gas prices are too high for the common man to get to work and earn his daily bread; but in reality, that photo shows someone who kvetches over the most expensive items while claiming to be unjustly marginalized.
Trust me, I love my Chevrolet, but if I could find a Chevrolet Volt hybrid car right now, I’d jump on it like it was a pile of raked autumn leaves.
We can certainly do better than this. And if someone needs to do this kind of political theater to make their point …
Then let’s face it. That point was missed a long time ago.
do some research on the pollution caused to build an electric vehicle
Urban myth, sorry.
1. “A new study by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) is debunking that with “a global comparison of the life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions of combustion engine and electric passenger cars.”
The ICCT looked at the entire life cycle from sourcing of the battery materials to the production of the vehicle, both BEVs and ICEs, and then compiled driving data in different markets to get an average life-cycle emission from the use of the vehicles.
The group then used the electricity mix of each region (Europe, US, China, and India) to develop average lifetime emissions.
It resulted in battery-electric vehicles having far fewer emissions than gasoline-powered cars in all markets: ”
2. EPA Fact Sheet: https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/electric-vehicle-myths
3. BBC report on a European study: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51977625
“To clarify: “Urban Myth” in that the claim regarding electric car pollution levels is an “Urban Myth.”.
Dave – it’s not that simple. There are chances to fix the fueling chain for EVs that is greater than for the old technology of oil. https://interestingengineering.com/clean-evs-and-dirty-lithium-mining-business We could have had electric vehicles 100 years ago, but we made a different choice, which is now unsustainable because oil is still finite.
Clues: describing the opponent as “far left”, filling up a truck (’cause every real ‘Mercican drive a fuel-wasting pick-em-up truck, not some wimpy 40 MPG car), and the vague definition of volume of a gas tank.
Suck it, Republicans: America still has some of the cheapest fuel in the world and it would be even cheaper if you didn’t waste huge amounts – and if the companies that fund Republican politicians didn’t price-gouge you while collecting subsidies (graft is expensive, y’know).
BTW it’s $1.95/L here – that’s $5.63/USG & dollar for those who can’t do math. And I drive a hybrid that gets 36 MPG despite being roomier than a pick-up truck.
Lmao, there is a proposed bill to give folks $100.00 monthly and more $ if u have dependents, when gas goes over 4.89 a gallon! Another big brother Democrat welfare scheme, btw check out how majority of Electric Charge stations are fueled, it’s natural gas! If you do it at home, you are in the grid, of fossil fuels! What a con job EVs !
LMAO, John, that $100 month stipend is a DC City Council proposal for people to ride the DC MetroBus only. Don’t play it off as a Congressional proposal, Typical GOP ploy, but sorry but people who can read won’t fall for that lie.
12/21/21 JOE BIDEN “I WAS ABLE TO BRING DOWN (gas prices) 12 CENTS A GALLON, this is after gas went up a dollar a gallon higher than when he took office, data from GAS BUDDY. Now he blaming Russia, again lmao, it is your inflation dummy, so yeah as far as Tonko a Democrat they own it, increase down to Dems killing pipe lines, thus us production and all there strangulation by regulation on energy companies, don’t need Dems in charge unless u like more crime, less bail, define the police, inflation ad nausem
Hey guess1 look up GAS REBATE ACT SPONSORS D GA IL CA , it’s not dc based.
Under HR 7143
Have u read it yet, apologize when u do!
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