SFR: Gas Prices and Fishing Trips

#46
Jason,

Very valid points and I definitely agree. Is is unfortunate that so many elected officials are so easily swayed. I do think the system works beautifully, when it is run true to form. IMHO, the goverment causes the same kinds of problems when it backs the suppliers that it does when it backs the consumers. I personally don't think the goverment should be involved with private business in any form that is biased toward the consumer or the supplier.

Also, I just want to state that I am not so delusional that I think any Mom and Pop shop can step up to start taking on big oil companies. But I do think that your small and moderate sized companies are able to do so when the consumer starts getting frustrated with its current options. I enjoy reading the stories like one about a group of farmers that where struggling producing corn, so they teamed together and built a bio-diesel production facility and use their crops there... they are making a crapload of money now by the way.

As for the big oil companies, I personally can't help but admire them when I am at the gas pump. I don't like seeing higher prices, but I have to respect them for putting themselves into a position as one of a select few major suppliers of one of the most (if not the most) highly demanded products in our country. It makes my long distance fishing trips a little more expensive, but if I had the opportunity to be in the position they are in I wouldn't have hesitated to jump on it.

So, with all that said, I agree with your points. My personal feeling is that price fixing would hurt us more in the long-run and no goverment involvement would be the best for everyone. I realize that won't happen but I can dream. If it did it wouldn't be long before the price of gas didn't matter because we would all have cost effective alternatives for our long distance fishing trips.
 
#47
"Refinery capacity report - for week ended 4/11/08 .. was 81.4%. Not a misprint.. 81.4 % !!! Call it a "Refinery Cartel".. or just good business.. depending on your point of view.. But there is No Shortage of Refineries in the USA Demand down 7 to 12% as low income cuts back on gas. China subsidizing crude oil prices for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Petro China Company Ltd. Gasoline is still very cheap. Probably will get some real reaction to prices if Gasoline goes to $6."
From market analyst I follow
And have a good day, Craig
 
#48
I just lost my job and the major reason was because of fuel prices.:beathead:
Anyone know of a job for a driver gun-for-hire?
I've got 32 years experience and approx 2.1 million (that's million) miles experience without any accidents.
 
#49
Jason,

So, with all that said, I agree with your points. My personal feeling is that price fixing would hurt us more in the long-run and no goverment involvement would be the best for everyone. I realize that won't happen but I can dream. If it did it wouldn't be long before the price of gas didn't matter because we would all have cost effective alternatives for our long distance fishing trips.
I agree price fixing and more regulation is what I don't want. Same goes for oil companies. They should not get any help at all with their business.

"Refinery capacity report - for week ended 4/11/08 .. was 81.4%. Not a misprint.. 81.4 % !!! Call it a "Refinery Cartel".. or just good business.. depending on your point of view.. But there is No Shortage of Refineries in the USA Demand down 7 to 12% as low income cuts back on gas. China subsidizing crude oil prices for China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation and Petro China Company Ltd. Gasoline is still very cheap. Probably will get some real reaction to prices if Gasoline goes to $6."
From market analyst I follow
And have a good day, Craig
Dude, if gas were 6$............People's heads would explode!!! Seriously, that would be like the end of America wouldn't it? How could anyone afford to drive at all?

I just lost my job and the major reason was because of fuel prices.:beathead:
Anyone know of a job for a driver gun-for-hire?
I've got 32 years experience and approx 2.1 million (that's million) miles experience without any accidents.
HOLY HELL MAN!!!! You are a true professional.
 
#50
I have just checked my fuel consumption on my Jeep, only been used recently for deer control and fly fishing trips,nightmare at 24 mpg, it is a Jeep cherokee diesel, doesn't like the narrow country lanes and steep hills, but worse still is that i am paying $10 per gallon in the UK.
But hey,keep smiling and keep fishing!
 
#52
HOLY HELL MAN!!!! You are a true professional.


Yes I am, 3 1/2 years from retirement and am now back to the job searching market.
There's got to be someone out there that's wants someone good and is willing to pay for it.
kent
 
#54
I'll travel and fish until it is impossible for me too. I now work all five weekdays after school to finance my weekend trips and it's working out nicely. I don't know if it is true but I heard through a friend's mechanic father that Ford is coming out with an F-150 getting 60 mpg. Hard to believe but I sure hope so, because I'm buying one.

And if the prices keep up like this in the future, I'm buying Rail Road stock!
 

troutfanatic

A day not spent wasted is.....wasted.
#59
Anyone wonder how much of the increase in a barrel of oil is due to the devaluation of the USD? Since the dollar has fallen across the board to most other currencies by close to 30%, and since oil is purcahsed with USD, wouldn't that mean that the producers need to get a bit more for their product to make up for this fall?
Thats one of the main drivers for the increase in the price of oil. Today the dollar hit a record low and oil hit a record high. Because the currency standard used to purchase oil is the dollar, and drop in value gives at least a the same corresponding price hike in an oil of barrel.

You gotta remember that when the dollar drops in value it takes more of them to pay for the same good than before. Thats one of the reasons that oil is climbing.
 

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