Britons respond to Possible Strike with Panic Gas Buying, some Topping their Tanks as much as Two-Thirds Full

Posted by PITHOCRATES - March 31st, 2012

Week in Review

Gasoline haulers just TALK about a strike and it causes a panic of gasoline buying (see Fuel Strike: Unleaded Petrol Sales Rise 172% posted 3/30/2012 on Sky News).

Ministers have held crisis talks with haulage bosses after panic-buying saw sales of unleaded petrol shoot up by 172%…

Meanwhile, the Government discussed contingency plans with company bosses to try to mitigate the effects of any walkout by tanker drivers.

Energy Secretary Ed Davey – who has advised drivers who usually only fill their tanks by one-third should consider upping this to two-thirds – lead the talks…

The Petrol Retailers Association, which represents around 5,500 garages, blamed advice from the Government on keeping tanks topped up, including the much-criticised call by cabinet office minister Francis Maude to fill up jerry cans.

This is what President Obama and his energy secretary Steven Chu want for the U.S.  High gasoline prices.  And less of it.  Which is what their policies will do.  They’ve stopped drilling in the Gulf.  They won’t open up new federal lands to oil exploration.  And they said ‘no’ to the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada.  All of these things would have helped bring the cost of gasoline down.  But they said ‘no’ to lower gasoline prices.  By saying ‘no’ to increasing oil supplies.  Instead they want to be able to tell Americans to only fill their tanks up to one-third full.  Banish the idiom “fill ‘er up” from the American lexicon.  And make you pay European prices for what little they would like you to have.

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