Saturday, November 3, 2012

Welcome Back, Carter

An idea only a politician faced with a crisis could love, resurfaces in New Jersey;

...things seemed far from normal after the governor issued a gas rationing system to ease the strain several hours later. Starting at noon Saturday, New Jersey will move to an odd-even gas rationing system in 12 counties as part of a “limited state of energy emergency.”
Christie ordered odd-even fuel sales to help ease shortages and long gas lines that have occurred since Sandy decimated the coast earlier this week.
Residents with license plates ending in an odd number can make gas purchases on odd-numbered days of the month Residents with plates ending in an even number will be able to buy gas on even-numbered days, the governor said.
Which will do nothing at all to alleviate the problem. The only thing that will, is to let prices rise to equate demand with supply.  But, politicians don't get re-elected by telling constituents the hard, harsh realities of life.

1 comment:

  1. Those politicians have hit upon a revolutionary way to lower prices. Instead of gas prices rising by 30%, people can buy on alternate days.

    But wait. We don't have to wait for an emergency to benefit from this policy. States should decree that gas prices be 30% less, and we can buy gas on alternate days. The savings to the public would be tremendous, and an economic boom would follow. Yes?