Sep 24, 2008

Got Gas? Not If You Live in Western North Carolina


Weird stuff going on in Asheville, North Carolina, my hometown. No one has any gasoline, my 87-year-old dad called to report. I thought he was just being a bit senile, then I checked online--it's true. Hurricane Ike has disrupted the flow of gas to the mountains, and citizens are lined up--and in some cases fighting--over limited gas supplies:

Asheville Citizen-Times Paper Reporting on Gas Shortages

They do expect the refineries in SC to resume shipment in a few days, so it all should be settled down by the time of my trip home, in mid-October. But funny how utterly we Americans are dependent on gasoline these days--our whole economy and lives are wrapped around this limited fuel, making us all vulnerable.

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