Article – New York City extends gas rationing; Bloomberg cites holiday travel crunch

Gasoline rationing for drivers in New York City has been extended through Friday.

The odd-even license plate system for gasoline and diesel purchase, instituted on Nov. 9 following the aftereffects of superstorm Sandy, was scheduled to end on Monday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced Sunday he was extending the emergency order, even as the long lines at the pump have diminished. Bloomberg noted the major travel week ahead due to Thanksgiving.

“The odd-even license plate system has worked well and helped to reduce wait times and lines at the pump,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “With 30 percent of gas stations still closed and a major travel week coming, I am extending the successful odd-even system on gas and diesel fuel purchases to ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented.”

Nice. In the name of ‘emergency’, Bloomberg declares gas rationing to be the law of the land. And then, because of a holiday, he continues his edict. Perhaps it would have been to much for him to simply expand his odd-even license plate scheme to use of the public streets.

An excellent example of local government getting high-handed. I wonder if the folks in NYC would be as complacent if they were rationing water, or milk, or food in this manner.

An excellent reason to have your own stockpile of fuel…because even without a disaster you can wind up finding yourself facing these sorts of third-world issues.

7 thoughts on “Article – New York City extends gas rationing; Bloomberg cites holiday travel crunch

  1. Sorry, but I disagree. It’s a brief extension, holiday traffic will be horrible in NYC on a biblical scale, and it only extends as far as Hizzoner’s city limits, so the minute anyone’s outside the Five Boroughs, it’s a non-existent issue. The only practical effect is that 50% of drivers planning on travel have to gas up a day early, instead of everyone waiting until Wednesday afternoon. New Yorkers have not exactly shown their high tolerance for minor disruption, so it’s not like he can depend on their natively cheery dispositions under adversity, and hope for the best.

    If he tries to bootstrap it another day after than, then yes, he’s grandstanding, and deserves craploads of ire.

    But sometimes even a blind pig like Bloomingidiot finds an acorn, and I think this is one of those rare instances.

    I would thus hold fire and see how things look later.

  2. Under what authority did he make, enact and enforce this decision? Sounds like some of our recent presidential actions (ban of offshore drilling, various EO’s involving confiscation of personal and national materials)

    • Doubtless under the authority any city has over businesses licensed to operate within their precincts, which goes back not to colonial history, but through common law back to the dawn of time.
      Wishing otherwise doesn’t make it so.

      Don’t get me wrong though; I still think Bloomberg’s a dick and an idiot, and like Mark Twain, if asked about his death, I’d say I approved of it.

      I just think in this instance, based on the experience of the last 2 weeks, a mayor’s got a right to take minimal action to prevent a few hundred extra incidents of tards pulling guns in gas lines for a few days so folks can enjoy the holiday.

      Come next Monday, if they still want to go all Escape From New York City at the Shell Station, my only request is that they televise it live on the Home Shopping Network Channel. They’ve needed a good reality show for years, and I think this would be a good fit.

  3. To answer Tyler- I guess he used the same authority as he used to ban the Big Gulp.

    The continued rationing doesn’t make any sense. I’m a 10 minute drive from the NYC border and there are no gas lines here at all. As a matter of fact, I was in a gas station tonight picking up my wife’s car after having the brakes done. The gas pump jockey didn’t have to leave his comfy chair once while I was there. As far as the expected holiday traffic: We have it every year. It’s no biggie. Put many multiple thousands of extra cars on the road, all trying to get somewhere at the same time and the lines won’t be for gas. They will be for trying to squeeze through the tunnels and bridges and pay the tolls. I had enough years with the NYPD Highway Patrol to know what the issues are. I think the only problem now IS Bloomberg. He will do anything he can to try and reduce the number of private passenger cars operating in the city.

  4. Thank you TIn you got it.

    I’q fairly certain that when gas companies signed leases agreements, one of the provisions was NOT: “THe mayor can at any time and unilaterally and on a whim decide to restrict consumer access to your goods.”

    • Yeah, I’ve seen them. It takes advantage of the Seebeck Effect to generate small amounts of voltage. You could actually make a similar device if you had to. Not sure if the output is any better than what could be done with a handcrank generator or not. I’d be more interested in a device that was put in a fire, or left on a hot stove, or set out on hot blacktop, and used the same principles rather than a small stove that locks me into producing/capturing the heat through only one method.

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