Thursday, September 22, 2005

Lovely Rita, Drivin' Up Costs

Here's why you might be paying $5 for gas sometime reeeeeal soon:

The Wall Street Journal picture above shows the projected path of Hurricane Rita through the Gulf of Mexico. As you can see, the projected path in question would spare much of the oil and gas production platforms and rigs in the Gulf region. But that was yesterday's chart, folks.

It appears the storm, which yesterday looked like it would hit land in between Corpus Christi and Houston, has moved North and will likely hit much closer the Texas border with Louisiana, where that Port Arthur bullet is shown. Now if you chart that path, this now-Category 4 storm is going to be wrecking key production sites in the Gulf.

Even before this directional shift, more than 800 manned platforms and 134 rigs currently operating in the Gulf have been evacuated, according to the government's Minerals Management Service. Even worse, nearly three-quarters of the daily oil production and almost half of the daily gas production in the Gulf had been completely shut down. Again, this was before the storm began to move north.

There's another update in a half-hour, but if this storm goes right through the main production region of the Gulf, say goodbye to the recent decline in the price of gas at the pump. I'm no doomsayer, and sure, I don't have a car so this doesn't really affect me greatly, but I would be rooting with all my might that this Rita bitch takes another turn and heads towards Brian Leetch's hometown of Corpus Christi.

See also: Yesterday's Cat-5 upgrade and God rant


At 2:47 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

If the price goes up that much, I'm not sure you can really say it won't affect you since you don't have a car. Won't jumps that big affect everyone one way or another?

Also, I really don't get you New Yorkers and this not having cars thing. Just seems odd.

At 3:15 PM, Blogger The Letter D said...

Might be because they have no place to park them.

Even though I have a sister in Houston, I'm almost curious how the people who said God is punished New Orleans for abortion and homosexuality will explain Bush Central being hit.

Can you imagine what we'd be hearing if 9/11, the Space Shuttle tragedy, Hurricanes Ivan, Katrina, and now Rita hit during a Democratic Administration?

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Rashid Muhammad said...

I live in Atlanta and don't have a car. I think that it's more of a living in the true-blue city thing. Cars are expensive as hell to park, and few people I know that live intown have to go very far to get to work.

I was wondering the same thing D. The sad thing is that is was known years ago it was known that we would have a rough batch of hurricane seasons, so it's not like we haven't had time to prepare for "God."

At 3:38 PM, Blogger ethan said...

d - you'd probably be hearing the same exact shit we are hearing, except with the word "kerry" replacing "bush" on all of the newspapers, blogs, etc. there'd probably be a lot more "god did this to america because He is not a democrat" from the right wing, but no matter who's in office, people just like to complain.

what would be interesting is if kerry had won and his response to katrina was similar to bush's (which is entirely possible), would all the race implications come out (e.g. kanye west) and would the liberal community be so correctly harsh? or would they dial it down a notch because it's the guy they put in office that fucked up?

note that us libertarians never have to answer that last part...

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Yeah, I don't think it's a New York thing as much as a city thing. You wanna know how much most parking garages charge here? Between $300 and $600 per month, depending on the location. That's like paying for another car!

I also really dislike driving, unless it's on an open road, which there aren't many of in or around NYC.

People want to know what Democrats would have done better had they been in office after Katrina? Just look at Al Gore, who saved like 300 people's lives by personally running airlifting them out of the region. You don't think Clinton would have done everything in his power to get FEMA and other agencies on the ground quicker? EVERY article I've read on this, and trust me, I've read every one from both sides of the spectrum, concede Clinton's FEMA had qualified people in charge and was well-run, whereas five of the top right FEMA officials in Bush's agency had ZERO emergency management or bureaucracy running experience. Five of the top eight.

Rita, you know what to do.

At 3:46 PM, Blogger ethan said...

cmon ace. i was a clinton guy back in the day, but all you can say is that FEMA was run by better folks then. there's no way we can sit here and speculate on how they would've handled this exact disaster. the levees still would've collapsed and the NOLA government still would've effed up big time independent of who's in office.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

And that's all I did say. I didn't say for sure, I said he would have done everything in his power to get people there quicker, and that the agency was a lot more qualified.

Bush was on vacation, God forbid we bother him on vacation. I think the delayed reaction was CLEARLY a symptom of this president being on the "ranch," aka "mansion" and Congress being on vacation as well. That couldn't be helped.

But don't you think having competent people in place and a president who at least appeared to give a shit about common people would have spelled a better outcome? I don't think there's a question about it.

At 4:28 PM, Blogger ethan said...

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At 4:30 PM, Blogger ethan said...

true. but you also made a sweeping generalization about the goodness of a hypothetical democrat administration by alluding to what the former VP did single-handedly.

obviously i think the situation could've been handled better by more competent people (i.e. anyone other than bush). fuck, grady little would've made more efficient decisions. but i also think appearing to care for "common" people (or lack thereof) had absolutely no effect on the outcome. it makes him a douche in the eyes of many, but appearances don't impact the outcome at all. i mean, had he been scurrying around the streets of new orleans or huddled up in the oval office would FEMA have performed better? of course not. the guy's arguably the worst president in the last 100 years. kissing babies or hugging survivors isn't going to change that.

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

"true. but you also made a sweeping generalization about the goodness of a hypothetical democrat administration by alluding to what the former VP did single-handedly."

I don't think that's a leap in logic at all...I really don't. Obviously you're right, you can't say what Kerry or any Dem would have done based on Gore's actions, but I'm saying if a Clinton or a Gore had been in office, I think they're actions in human crises like these would predict a better outcome. I really do. Kerry's a heartless douche, though.

Look, I was no fan of Gore in 2000, and I didn't even vote for the guy. But everything he and Bushy have done over the past five years since tells me the world would have been a MUCH better place had the Supreme Court not been lazy, partisan assfaces.

At 5:16 PM, Blogger ethan said...

no gore for you in 2000? really? ben affleck and i BOTH voted for that fucker! of course, there's a chance my vote wasn't counted (yay florida!).

did you go the green party route? actually, you don't have to answer that if you don't want - i know some people like to keep their voting history close to the vest.

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Rashid Muhammad said...

I wish that I would have voted Green in 2K.

At 5:34 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

I'll bet dollars to donuts that Ace went for Ralph.

I'm easy to figure out. I always vote to put the executive and legislative branches in opposition, pretty much no matter what.

Clinton, I think, would have performed much better. Gore is tougher to judge. His actions in this were admirable, but so is Jimmy Carter's habitat for hilarity, sorry, humanity, and I suspect he would have handled it poorly. I actually think Carter and W have a lot in common.

However, as skeptical as I was and am of Al Gore, it's really hard to imagine anyone handling Katrina worse than Bush.

And, as I feel compelled to repeatedly point out, the US Supreme Court only got the opportunity to be lazy partisan assfaces (and they were. They had no right to hear that case) because the Florida Supreme Court was filled with lazy partisan assfaces who are apparently also illiterate.

At 5:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sho' nuff, you were dead-on-balls about the JetBlue folks watching themselves on TV.


At 10:24 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I'm surprised nobody guessed the real answer...Ace didn't vote.

I looked at the candidates, I watched the debates, I thought they all sucked and I exercised my right to sit there and bitch instead.

I'm from NY and I lived in Illinois at the vote in either state wouldn't have mattered anyway in 2000.


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