So, how about those fuel prices? Fun ain’t it to spend more on filling up your tank than it costs for a decent meal at a second-rate restaurant?
So you thought you could afford that $45,000 truck and the $700/month payment.
After suckering everyone in with low monthly payments for obscenely overpriced clunkers, the Biden Junta spent 2021 setting up to let you out of your house because COVID was over, only to ensure you couldn’t afford to drive anywhere.
It was policy, folks. It’s always been policy.
Everything else they tell you is a lie.
High gas prices are NOT just a function of high oil prices, supported by purposeful disruptions to the market thanks to the slap-happy sanctions machines in DC and Brussels.
High gas prices are NOT even a function of more than 2 million barrels per day of refining capacity taken offline during the unnecessary and terminally-damaging COVID lockdowns.
High gas prices are most certainly NOT a function of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
All of these things can be overcome by the ingenuity of human beings in times of chaos. If there’s one thing I have faith in is people’s ability to re-route their behavior and find workable solutions.
The natural response to an arbitrage opportunity always brings out the best in people, as they find ways to supply the things you demand to live your life.
The only thing standing in the way of that, invariably, is your government. In the case of the U.S., the Biden Junta has done everything possible to ensure that not only would gas prices rise to a completely unacceptable level, but that they would stay there until what’s left of the middle class is left broke and out of gas by the side of the road.
A couple of months ago there was a little announcement that the Biden administration would raise the cap on ethanol blending into gasoline stocks beyond the 10% limit in order to alleviate the ‘gas shortage.’
On the surface that idea made a kind of simplistic sense, along with the releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, if we were no longer going to buy crude oil from the Russians.
But, there’s only one problem with that, namely there isn’t enough ethanol to blend into the gas. Oh, and that SPR release? It all went to Europe while prices rose here.
Moreover, that same fuel needed to produce nitrogen fertilizer which is needed to produce the corn is part of the same supply shortage that we’re supposedly trying to help overcome.
We’ve been trained to laugh at such profound government ineptitude. But this is no laughing matter. They are the ones laughing at us for thinking they are just stupid.
They aren’t stupid, well, except for Elizabeth Warren.
Lastly, it takes more energy to produce the fertilizer to grow the corn to convert to ethanol to blend into the gasoline than it takes to just crack the crude oil in the first place, put it on a truck and deliver it to the corner gas station.
There is this thing called the Gibb’s Free Energy equation, and it’s kinda important.
But it was just an allowance… a request.
Instead of looking at this crazy scheme that we could live with when gas was cheap, food plentiful and the economy not broken and scrapping it…
…Yesterday Biden and the Trotskyites made that allowance a mandate.
Mike Shedlock (link above) covered this from the most obvious angle, that it is nothing more than welfare for corn growers (who btw, are way behind the curve in planting this year thanks to the weather and lack of fer…