That Maya Angelou quote comes to mind:
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
We had 47 years of that first-time experience with Senator and Vice President Joe Biden. We knew he had failed up throughout his political career and made more bad policy decisions than Pelosi’s had Botox injections. Yet Biden still managed to be installed as President because, “mean tweets!”, or something.
Candidate Biden tried to do a song and dance about ending energy production in the United States, but no one wanted to believe that he actually would. After President Biden’s Day One executive order killing the Keystone XL Pipeline, then others that put a moratorium on fracking and domestic gas production, I think it’s apparent that he meant what he said the first time.
It is now around Day 130 of the Biden administration, and we have had the
privilege horror of seeing the result of his bad policy decisions in real-time. Gas prices have increased. Quite a lot, in fact.
After the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack this weekend, we are now seeing a full-on fuel shortage, to a degree we have not seen since… oh, 1978?
The end result of this is increased prices that you pay at the pump. IF you can even get to a pump:
AAA forecasts gas prices in Virginia to climb this week in reaction to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of all fuel to the East Coast.
Over the weekend, the Colonial Pipeline announced it was the victim of a cybersecurity attack and, as a precaution, shut down the pipeline, which runs from Texas to New York Harbor. AAA says some lateral lines have reopened, but there is no word when the mainline, including the gasoline line, will be operational.
“This shutdown will have implications on both gasoline supply and prices, but the impact will vary regionally. Areas including Mississippi, Tennessee and the east coast from Georgia into Delaware are most likely to experience limited fuel availability and price increases, as early as this week,” said Morgan Dean, AAA spokesperson. “These states may see prices increase three to seven cents this week.”
As of Monday night, a small number of gas stations in both Virginia and North Caroline have run out of gas.
According to Patrick De Haan, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy, 6.35 percent of gas stations in Virginia were without gas as of 9 p.m. on Monday.
From WSOC9 in Charlotte, NC:
This is crazy. I stopped for gas just now having no idea what was happening. It’s out. People here told me they’d been to other stations and found the same. pic.twitter.com/7LDVdUXPo4
— Greg Suskin (@GSuskinWSOC9) May 11, 2021
And South Carolina:
Gas stations are 3-4 cars deep per pump. Can’t even park at the gas station because of the lines. pic.twitter.com/RnluFFoUNX
— Ryan Zindel (@RyanZindel) May 11, 2021
Some stations were already out:
— anne finch (@thatdamnanne) May 11, 2021
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency after the pipeline cyberattack. While this more greatly affects the East Coast, the West Coast will not be exempt, as Los Angeles’ ABC7 reports:
Just when you thought SoCal gas prices couldn’t get any more expensive — there are now concerns they could rise even higher as a major pipeline on the East Coast remains shut down due to a cyberattack.
Gas prices across the Southland have already been rising since the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have been easing and more people are out on the roads.
In L.A., a regular gallon of gas will cost you around $4.15 on average. Just a year ago, it was $2.85.
Mike Cernovich was only a baby when this first occurred, but I remember it distinctly. As a 12-year old waiting in the car with my mother for what seemed like hours (and in some cases it was), so that she could fill up the car for a week. In the early ’70s, every car was a gas guzzler, so this was a major deal. It kinda looked like this:
1979 redux. pic.twitter.com/WTIpIwJwtI
— 👑Sia Ayrom👑🔆🦁 (@siaayrom) May 11, 2021
Well, brace yourselves, boys and girls, because everything old is new again.
Gas shortages means trucks can’t fill up – supply chain issues. Better stock up on essential goods.
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 11, 2021
Remember when everyone was hoarding toilet paper and cleaning supplies? Looks like we’re also going back to March 2020. From energy to “racial equity”, the Democrats and their policies seem engineered to take us backward.
I’ll take the mean tweets over gas shortages and inflation.
— The Election Wizard (@Wizard_Predicts) May 11, 2021