Gas Prices High But Cheap Stuff Down South

Prices at the pump are high but are they at historic highs?  Maybe, but did you know that adjusted for inflation the average price of a gallon of gasoline since 1918 is $2.49?  In 1981, the adjusted price was $3.37.  If you look at this chart , you will see that prices have fluctuated yearly and that beginning in 2000 under Bush the Younger gas prices rose sharply.  The GOP argues that the Obama administration is to blame for not allowing more drilling permits but it appears that there is no correlation between drilling permits and the price of gasoline.  In fact, what appears to be the cause more than anything of wildly fluctuating gas prices is our massive addiction to fossil fuels, unrest (to put it mildly) in the Middle East and our utter failure to get serious about alternative clean energy sources like wind, solar and the use of biofuels.  The President at least moved in that direction with loan guarantees to some start up companies as part of the Stimulus.

What caught my attention and the reason for this post was an article on the cheapest gas in the country.  Interestingly, and I suppose not surprisingly, gas prices are lowest in the South.  There are several factors said to account for this including lower taxes and proximity to refineries.  But I think there are other reasons at play.  Here is the list of the top 10 states with the cheapest gas along with some of my explanations by state below as to why the prices are so low, comparatively speaking:

  • South Carolina:  The Palmetto State must be diluting their petroleum supplies with palm oil.  If you’ve ever been to SC, with its beaches and palm trees, this makes perfect sense.  And with wages so low in this “right to work state”, folks need cheaper gas.
  • Missouri:  The Show Me State must be adding Mississippi mud to the mix that and bat guano.  I’ve been spelunking in Missouri and I can tell you first hand that along with stalagmites, there is a lot of crap in those caves.
  • Tennessee and Arkansas.  Both states produce a lot of moonshine and there are stills a plenty producing pure grain alcohol that not only can quench your thirst and make you blind, but can run a tractor and a car too.
  • Georgia.  Rumor has it that Georgia adds peanut oil to its 87 grade gasoline, which makes for a deliciously nutty ride and the best part is that you can recycle the oil to fry your turkey at Thanksgiving.
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One Response

  1. And I know where some of the backwoods stuff is made! Loved the article. Is that spider named Ethel? I had one that lived near my little garden, had her babies and then died.

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