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Recently Governor Andrew Cuomo was complaining about the panic buying of gasoline in the areas hurt by Sandy. Right now, the only way drivers in Long Island can get gas is to find a station that has it, wait in line for hours, and hope they don't run out before you get to the front of the line. This pattern is set in place, and the only hope to break it is significant government action. We propose several steps to help accomplish this.

On November 5, Governor Andrew Cuomo appeared in a press conference, venting his frustration at the state of recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Days earlier, he had confidently predicted that the long lines for gas would disappear as trucks were rolling in to the affected areas. The reality is that panic buying continues to rule the day. He showed particular scorn for people who were hoarding gas - i.e., tying up the lines to add more gas to cars that were already three fourths full. Sadly, the people doing this are not going to stop because the governor lectures them. In my opinion, only strong and decisive government action will stop this mess.

We suggest the following:

Follow New Jersey's lead and make gas available on an odd or even basis based on license plate number.

Make all gas purchases $30 minimum. In other words, if somebody ties up the line buying 8 dollars worth of gas, they will be charged 30. Alternately, get the police to check cars and throw anyone with 3/4s of a tank out of the line.

To that end, we have created an online petition at:

Cuomo Petition

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    zekeaz, letsgetreal

    "There are many things worth living for. There are a few things worth dying for. There is nothing worth killing for." Tom Robbins

    by terryballard on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 09:40:48 AM PST

  •  Who gets the... (1+ / 0-)
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    Utahrd

    windfall profit?

    Make all gas purchases $30 minimum. In other words, if somebody ties up the line buying 8 dollars worth of gas, they will be charged 30.
  •  Probably a good idea for the short term. (0+ / 0-)

    We had a broken pipeline here in Arizona a few years ago. Supply was disrupted, but there was actually enough coming in from another line and by truck to meet normal demand.  The problem was the topping-off of gas tanks with small purchases. The effect was people pumping it out of the gas stations faster than it could be replaced.  It was especially hard on people who use premium gas as it was in shorter supply.

  •  This might work (2+ / 0-)
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    Utahrd, jabney

    in richer counties downstate, but up here, where we don't have any storm damage (or negligible damage), I don't know what I'd do if I were forced to spend $30 on gas at a time. Some weeks, I barely have $10 to get me to work and back.  I know I'm not the only one.

  •  Afterword (0+ / 0-)

    A few days later, odd/even was implemented on all of Long Island. Within three days, you could just drive up to a gas station and buy gas to your heart's content. Coincidence?

    "There are many things worth living for. There are a few things worth dying for. There is nothing worth killing for." Tom Robbins

    by terryballard on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:22:07 AM PST

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