Tea512 notices that when United States drivers start paying record prices gas, they have driven less for the 17th straight month. That means this will be the first year in the last 27 where the driving rate actually went down. The streak of months on the decline is also the longest since 1979. In the month of May the number fell 3.7 percent. The May number was a total of 254 billion miles which is the lowest we have seen for one month since 2003.The total for the year is down 2.4 percent as we are already passed the big driving months of June and July. It is amazing how many sectors of the economy this effects from tourism, casinos, hotels, camp sites, rest stops, and restaurants. People are just not traveling far from home, more riders are taking public transportation and scooter sales are climbing. The days of climbing in the family station wagon on a Sunday to drive for an hour for an ice cream and a view of a beach are taking a hit, just as much as the road trip to Disney.
You day’s been numbered
And I’ve read your last page
W. Axl Rose 1991
If that is true, that is a 12-year supply for the United States. This report is in conflict with a Russian report that claims there is much less there. There is an for all intents and purposes unexplored in the artic for petroleum. This is the largest unexplored area for petroleum on Earth. Based on the history it takes about 10 years for reserves to get to market. This study used about 8.2 million square miles above the Artic circle, with comparable distinctiveness to oil and gas finds in the rest of the world. There is an exact set of conditions to create oil, they do not just happen, and they are not everywhere. The good part of the study is it only considered finding that use existing methods so the number is attainable. This is on top of the 240 billion barrels that is in 400 fields that have been capped. They are not being drilled because of the lack of pipeline and shipping stations. There is a report that demand for oil is up to over 86 million barrels a day. The United States uses over 7.3 billion barrels a year. The only truth is once it is gone there is no more. This is a Math equation and it does have a result.
Scrounging’ for change, To put some money in your pocket
My how scratch does burn
W. Axl Rose 1991
Tea512 first had problems with editorials in NYT keeping John McCain from attacking Obama. Then we found out not only is the circulation down to just over a million papers has come to 620 Eight Avenue in the big city. There has been an over 16% decrease in advertising revenues. So how does the NYT battle such a problem, passing the cost off on the readers? Starting in August the paper will cost a $1.50 instead of a $1.25. The logic here is if the advertisers do not want to pay for ads, the readers will pay more for the paper because they will get more content. August 18, 2008 the Monday thru Saturday, paper will increase on street corners everywhere. If you combine that with the 4.5% increase in the home delivery prices that have put in place this year, they have you staying or going so to speak. The good news (says NYT) is the Sunday paper will stay at the bloated price of $4.00. At these prices the day of the newspaper, home delivery is only on a decline. Most Americans do not have time to read a newspaper at the end of the day. There will always be business for newspaper that is needed to read on the commute to work, waiting at an appointment or coverage of a special story. The cost of riding the train with paper for a week is $7.50, are we not far away from the commuter getting a radio with headphones, to listen to NPR and a used book for a couple of bucks. We Tea512 think it is an insult to the consumer to raise the price of your service because the market has shifted. We hope this piling on the blue color has an unfortunate backlash.
Looking for a lover in a world
That’s much too dark
W. Axl Rose 1988
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Tea512 has learned that Senator John Warner a Republican from Virginia has the idea of rolling the speed limit back to 55 as a national standard. Talk about getting in the way back machine. Congress in 1974 set a national speed limit due to the energy crisis. In 1995 this was repealed. The good Senator Warner claims this will save 167,000 barrels of oil a day, and avoid about 4,000 traffic deaths a year, maybe even more because it seemed he was using the numbers from 1974 and today there are more cars. Senator Warner noted the Department of Energy Web site claims that fuel efficiency decreases rapidly when traveling faster than 60 mph. Every additional 5 mph over that threshold is estimated cost motorists an additional 30 cents per gallon in fuel costs. The question is will this work, the speed limit is 65 and people are going 75. If the speed limit was 55 people will go 65. I suppose this makes a lot of sense but it seems that a residential neighborhood speed limit is 30. You cannot even double that on a highway, with everyone going in the same direction with no ability to turn off only switch lanes. I guess this is what must be done to help then it seems like a small sacrifice because if you want to drive 75 there is nothing stopping you. You could get pulled over for going 20 miles over the speed limit; you will be wasting 90 cents per gallon based on the Department of Energy website. On the bright side Sammy Hager will get new revenue as media, radio stations, and TV outlets all use “I Can’t drive 55” as a lead in to the story as it develops.
Tea512 was astonished to find out that the world’s population will reach 7 billion people in 2012 according to a new government projection; this was reported by Stephan Ohlemacher of the AP. Right now there are 6.7 billion people in the world. We here in the United States are third clocking at 304 million, we are only behind India and China. The crazy part of the story with everything so expensive today and people working two and three jobs the growth rate is rising just does not make sense. During the depression there was no work and people had nothing to do, so they made babies. This of course was not smart because they could not even feed themselves so bringing new lives to feed was not helping. The problem is making babies was the only entertainment these people could afford. The result was the baby boomer generation all heading to retirement as we speak. Another staggering number reported is that we only passed 6 billion in 1999. If you go backwards there was only one billion in 1800 and two billion in 1930. So over the next 82 years this number has or will grow by 3.3 times what it was in 1930. We are squeezing every drop of energy and resource out of the planet as it is. The next 20 years are going to be quite interesting as all of these forces seem to be on a collusion course with a disastrous outcomes a foot.
Tea512 this morning June 13th 2008 paid $4.00 a gallon for gasoline. I was not stuck at a highway station; this was the cheapest gas price in town. You can start to think where this is beginning to change people’s habits. We in the northeast just went through a heat wave, how many people rolled their windows down while driving instead using the AC because it kills your gas mileage. You pay extra for a car with AC some people wont even by one that does not have it and now they are not using it. As I drove by a local doughnut shop I wondered how many people are getting out of the car instead of sitting with the car running in the drive thru. I also heard yesterday that when you rent a car so many people are trying to rent the budget compact when you get to the agency, they do not have any. They give you a mid size car for the same price. The only thing that makes this crisis different then the 70’s is the supply and demand aspect. When I did by the $4.00 gas if I wanted 100 gallons they would sell it to me. In the 70’s you could only get gas on certain days and a maximum amount of gallons. If you dig, even deeper January 2006 oil was $66.00 a barrel and gas was $2.33 a gallon. So today a barrel of oil is $138.00 so that is an increase of 209% increase and gas, which is today $4.00, has gone up about 58%, should not these numbers be the same. Maybe there is something to the speculation market driving up costs.