$2.19 for regular unleaded in my neighborhood this morning

Remember before the 2000 election when people said it was a good thing that Bush & Cheney were oilmen (well, bobody said successful oilmen) and that would mean more and cheaper oil because of their connections with the oil-producing countries and their knowledge about energy policy and yadda yadda yadda?

Guess those folks were wrong.

Motorists face gasoline shortages as well as record prices the next few weeks because of the skintight U.S. refining and distribution network.

The vulnerability of that network, combined with low inventories of both gasoline and the crude oil from which it’s made, have the government and energy experts increasingly nervous that some places in the USA will run out of gas temporarily. An accident that has disrupted shipping on the Mississippi River and in the Gulf of Mexico could trigger shortages this week.

“It looks like the big bulk terminals in Florida are going to run out in the next few days,” Tom Kloza, analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, said Wednesday. Big gasoline suppliers were warning their customers of imminent Florida shortages and reduced allocations, he said. The Coast Guard said it had reopened some of the channel Wednesday, but a backlog of ships remained.

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Yeah. Like I would tell you....