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JT
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:01:00 AM

What should government do when fuel supplies are disrupted by a disaster?
Impose rationing
Import fuel from outside the area
Nothing; let the market work
Other

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razorwan
Rookie Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Mar 26, 2013 8:19:12 PM

They should open up the government reserves in that area to help out with distribuition.
DORELBC
Rookie Author Abbotsford

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Message Posted: Mar 16, 2013 4:54:23 PM

First help the disaster victims , not like what happened with Katrina's victims ... and secondly , do nothing , let the market go its own course . maybe keep an eye out for black marketeers !
1Lorane
Rookie Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 6:38:37 PM

I don't think the consumers should have to pay. It is not their fault.
achung53
Veteran Author Orange County

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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2013 11:32:20 AM

Impose rationing
busdrivered5
Rookie Author Houston

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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 8:19:07 AM

To do nothing is ridiculous we have all seen what the market does even when there is no disaster. In my opinion the government should immediately take steps to stabilize the market instead of letting the supply and demand factors dictate the course of the market that way no one unjustly profits from misfortune
hawkman74
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2013 12:10:33 PM

Let the market work it out
sonicmustang
All-Star Author Alberta

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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 7:11:09 PM

Regulate the industry to avoid gouging
Mikeyboy4
Rookie Author London

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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 9:29:52 AM

I agree with JT, let the market bare what it is. We in Canada have it good regarless of how some think we don't. As long as the tree-huggers in the USA have the Dems ear there is not much we can do about getting oil from them when we need it.
gizmojoe
Veteran Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 1:36:39 AM

stay out of it
NakedDriver
Champion Author Des Moines

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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2012 10:43:06 PM

ə it depends on the form of disaster, but usually letting the market work is the best idea. ə
rugby2
Rookie Author Kalamazoo

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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 3:13:51 PM

with not enough refinery capacity not a lot they could do in the short term.
HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2012 8:48:16 AM

MAKE MORE
rwm1
Champion Author Iowa

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Message Posted: Dec 11, 2012 1:26:14 AM

If my wife hadn't gotten a good paying job she well deserved the answer might have been yes. But that holds for higher prices in general.
AgouraGuy1
Sophomore Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:01:03 AM

There are fuel reserves all over this country,plenty in Europe, we vote for import.
RecountFL
Champion Author Miami

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 11:49:23 PM

We should act on gut feelings without researching the best option based on each individual situation. Never weigh the pros and cons and act in the best interest of the whole but what is selfishly best for yourself. Murcah!
keo
Champion Author Colorado

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 10:43:52 PM

import
357revo
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 10:16:33 PM

Government could eliminate fuel restrictions to make it easier to bring in fuel from other states.

Government also could drop the "price gouging" allegations for fuel and other products in high demand. Allowing increased prices for scarce fuel in a disaster area would permit more people to get some fuel, rather than having the first to the pumps fill up and drain the limited resources.
dangnad
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 9:37:42 PM

Hey notijeka, the question poses DISASTER. The free market can't handle disasters. Look at how the "free market" handled the Gulf Oil Spill.

Well, there was gas rationing during WWII (and a lot of other kinds of rationing as well). Times are different now with our automobile-dependent society. I'm not sure the the feds can handle rationing now. States have imposed license plate odd-even rationing in the past. Maybe that's the way to go.
toadNY
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:14:23 PM

Wait an see what happen's after obama start's his second term.
toadNY
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:13:17 PM

Better yet, the people should start by using a little common sense! The more people rely on the government the more Freedom the government will take a way from US!
BingoStink
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 7:36:03 PM

Make sure everyone has enough cheese.
zacksnanny
Champion Author New Brunswick

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 7:22:06 PM

Nothing; let the market work
HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 4:14:35 PM

IMPORT FROM OTHER AREAS IN THE USA.
tjc09f
All-Star Author Tallahassee

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 2:55:30 PM

Import fuel
SuperMoto
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 2:18:33 PM

Nothing!
chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:52:01 PM

not a thing.........
appleNY
Champion Author Long Island

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 12:45:12 PM

Import fuel from outside the area
taximan007
Champion Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 11:49:32 AM

If you're a liberal, do what you always do: Blame Bush. ;)



[Edited by: taximan007 at 12/1/2012 11:50:46 AM EST]
K0CBA
Rookie Author St. Louis

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 11:35:43 AM

Just let the oil companies deal with it....they will always come up with a way to gouge everyone they can.
Pizzaslut
Champion Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 10:43:01 AM

Rashunin'.
Bill8177
All-Star Author Tampa

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 9:15:15 AM

Fart
Bonanza
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 9:07:53 AM

Import fuel from outside the area
N9HVP
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 8:46:45 AM

Nothing; let the market work.
Gas_Eyes
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 7:44:35 AM

Both rationing and import.
AlTraveler
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 7:41:17 AM

Impose rationing
cigarman409
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 7:25:26 AM

ok if the govt stays out of it
cigarman409
Champion Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 7:24:53 AM

rationing
Lengas
Champion Author Gary

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 6:26:34 AM

Stop exporting and build more storage facilities.
pkhdonovan
Champion Author Maine

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 5:09:14 AM

let the market work
stumblebum
Champion Author Texas

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:33:26 AM

Rationing. And encourage people to buy horses.

[Edited by: stumblebum at 12/1/2012 1:35:53 AM EST]
NOTSOGRN
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2012 1:32:09 AM

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Encourage station to at least have ready hook up for backup generators & let that company bring them in when needed. Better would be have the generator on site as some big box stores benefit having a backup that also supplies it's gas station.
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Ship oil in as the stations with generators would be able to pump & give local refineries time to get back up & running again.
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These are things that can be done by the free market but, Biggie Gov. could encourage this...we have PADDs for a reason...

[Edited by: NOTSOGRN at 12/1/2012 1:40:33 AM EST]
notijeka
Sophomore Author Oklahoma

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 10:32:21 PM

Government was not created to handle problems that can be taken care of by the free market and the hard working citizens of this country. The politicians and their cronies need to back off. THIS IS NOT A SOCIALISTIC COUNTRY but it sure heading that way fast.
coffeebrake1015
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 9:26:38 PM

let the market work. the government should keep out it.
RetiredLaborer
Sophomore Author Washington

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:34:09 PM

When fuel supplies are disrupted by a disaster, the government should impose rationing in that area, making sure that emergency services and relief teams get what they need. Since many of the existing fueling facilities may be unable to function, bring in portable, modular fueling stations that can be used for the duration of the disaster.

If the disaster is such that production and refining of petroleum is not operating due to the disaster (not because the oil company decides to shut down to restrict output and increase prices), then bring in fuel from other areas of the country.

Finally, the States and the Federal Government needs to act quickly to stop price gouging by retailers and by the oil companies. Anyone caught gouging should immediately lose their facility and their funds. If they become homeless, tough luck.
melekali
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 8:26:24 PM

Purpose of government is to safeguard the people. American government is of, by and for the people, so this should be exaggerated in our country.
eastgate
Rookie Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 7:58:32 PM

Import fuel from outside the area
chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 5:55:52 PM

not a thing........
bloonfoot
Veteran Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 5:41:04 PM

The one thing that might have a positive effect would be to crack down hard on gas stations that try to gouge us. It would work best if it wasn't up to local or state governments to define gouging but rather a national standard for percent increase over what gas cost just before the disaster. Aggressively applied, this might bring an end to the revolting ripoffs.
gotahorse
Sophomore Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 4:58:14 PM

Make speeches, criticize one another, toss blame back and forth, and maybe organize another investigating committee.
Pspeed
Champion Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 3:02:07 PM

They should buy up all the available horses, oxen, dogs and cats and train them to pull cars and trucks.
WR&C
Veteran Author Oregon

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2012 2:07:17 PM

Keep the government out of it. All they will do is screw up the situation, cost taxpayers a few more billions of dollars, and not solve the problem. People are getting too dependent on government to fulfill their every need as it is.
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