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Isn't it time to start rationing gas?

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{Wheels.21.1}: Glen Marks {wotan} Tue, 08 Aug 2006 16:55:10 EDT (2 lines)

I think it that rationing should have been started back when the
U.S. invaded Iraq.

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{Wheels.21.2}: Alex {alex} Tue, 08 Aug 2006 17:04:03 EDT (HTML)

Why ration gas if it's not in short supply?

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{Wheels.21.3}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Tue, 08 Aug 2006 17:09:20 EDT (2 lines)

Seems like a good suggestion to the oil companies to run up prices by
artificially reducing demand.

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{Wheels.21.4}: Ben Conover {benc} Wed, 09 Aug 2006 13:07:36 EDT (1 line)

Someone should invent a vehicle that runs on pie. And frosting.

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{Wheels.21.5}: Joseph Kang {jsk} Thu, 10 Aug 2006 09:09:57 EDT (3 lines)

I'd like someone to come up with a car that runs on self-righteous
indignation for the social conservatives.  There's more than enough of
that to last a lifetime!

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{Wheels.21.6}: Frank Rizzo {cuttaxes} Thu, 10 Aug 2006 09:54:55 EDT (5 lines)

Is there a gas shortage?  The possibility of demand so exceeding
supply that it posses a danger to society?  No, and No.

Personal reduction in consumption is smart on many levels.  But
rationing is not needed.

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{Wheels.21.7}: Glen Marks {wotan} Thu, 28 Sep 2006 00:02:47 EDT (6 lines)

- There seems to be no political traction for reducing demand.
Consumers don't want to hear about making any changes from the
plentiful gasoline of the 1990s. And unfortunately, short of
colonizing the Middle East ... there isn't a way back to that.

Severin Borenstein

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{Wheels.21.8}: McKenzie K. Musick {mckenzie} Thu, 28 Sep 2006 09:25:37 EDT (11 lines)

Glen if you reason for rationing gas were to require even some little sacrifice while the
United States is sacrificing the lives of its men and women and taking the lives of Iraqis
I would certainly agree with you. However if it is to conserve gas then the U.S. should
not give tax breaks to businesses ( and individual who operate "Scamway" home
businees) for vehicles that weigh over 5,000 lbs.( Or what ever a
SuburbanExpoNavigator weighs.) The U.S. Congress should have passed much
higher cafe standards. Far more money should have gone into alternative fuels.

Rationing is not a bad idea for the reason I first gave but it is not the right approach to
conservation. People who write off their SUVs will find a business loophole to obtain
all the gas they want. ( I am a cynic.)

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{Wheels.21.9}: Frank Rizzo {cuttaxes} Wed, 25 Oct 2006 16:26:44 EDT (12 lines)

McKenzie,

What you were referring to was often called "The Hummer Deduction".
It was originally implemented to help farmers and others who have to
use large vehicles for business activity.

But as with everything congress does, the law of unintended
consequences took effect and accountants discovered that one need
not be a farmer to take advantage of the deduction for large
vehicles.

The law/tax break has since been repealed.

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{Wheels.21.10}: Glen Marks {wotan} Fri, 24 Nov 2006 12:27:05 EST (3 lines)

"How to save money on gas":

http://www.wikihow.com/Save-Money-on-Gas

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{Wheels.21.11}: Glen Marks {wotan} Thu, 31 May 2007 16:23:40 EDT (4 lines)

"Edwards wants probe of high gas prices":

"http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070531/ap_on_el_pr/edwards_gas_prices;_
ylt=AjY3pACrIsBEwByqJ9jUlC6s0NUE"

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{Wheels.21.12}: {wotan} Mon, 09 Jun 2008 02:29:19 EDT (0 lines)
{erased by wotan Mon, 09 Jun 2008 02:29:30 EDT}

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{Wheels.21.13}: Glen Marks {wotan} Mon, 09 Jun 2008 02:29:47 EDT (2 lines)

Am I the only one who feels that come November the top political
issue will be $5/gal. gas?

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{Wheels.21.14}: Jack Van Gossen {lowjack} Mon, 09 Jun 2008 02:56:22 EDT (2 lines)

Only as part of the whole economic picture, not as a standalone issue.
But the economy is most decidedly issue #1 right now.

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