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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

An Arm and a Leg

You know, I'm not one to actually be really angry...but with gas prices above $4.19 for the lowest octaine here in California, I think there is room to raise a slightly angry fist at the governments in charge...now I have always been opposed to the 'War in Iraq' at least some of us knew from the start it was a lame ploy for the US government to get their hands on more oil...they billed at as a war against terrorism and rebuilding democracy in a region that is in need of capitalism and open up the glorious doors of liberal democracies in lue of 'evil dictators.' We all knew this was a sham as well as a few days ago I heard on CNN that civilian Iraqi casualties where somewhere between 10,000 in some estimates over 1 million people...now I dont know if you need to break out your calculator for that one, but thats a large margin of error...In any case, all of us educated liberals at least know that now the war was a sham...but with gas prices skyrocketing with no end in sight...dont even republicans raise at least an eyebrow...? As long as gas prices are low, Americans will be happy, but with a very noticeable recession in conjunction with high gas prices, filling up takes its toll, and hopefully will cause people to question a little more about our foreign policy and where all our money is being sent...not at home thats for sure, but quite possibly for infrastructure projects so that in 2 years you can pay $7 a gallon, and the companies behind the oil will be the jolliest mo fos out there...

I revived this from a friend via email...

TIPS ON PUMPING GAS (Good information)

I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here
in California we are also paying higher, up to $4.00 per
gallon. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of y our money's worth for every gallon..

Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose ,
CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 gallons.

Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning
when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all
service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.
The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets
warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the
evening....your gallon is not exactly a gallon. In the
petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps

When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the
nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the
trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow
mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the
vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the
pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate,
some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those
vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground
storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas
tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is, the more gas you
have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.
Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline
storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves
as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it
minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, here where
I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so
that every gallon is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into
the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up
--most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is
being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that
normally settles on the bottom.

Hope this will help you get the most value for your money.


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