Monday, November 19th 2012 - 11:37 UTC

Gasoline rationing extended in New York until next Friday

Gasoline rationing in New York City which was scheduled to end on Monday has been extended through Friday, even as the gas station lines that prompted it have all but disappeared.

Mayor Bloomberg said 30% of gas stations remained closed because of the damages caused by hurricane Sandy.

In announcing the decision, Mayor Michael Bloomberg noted the major travel week ahead at a time when 30% of gas stations remained closed because of the damages caused by hurricane Sandy.

In a statement, Bloomberg said that he was extending the rationing “to ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented”.

The 2012 version of gas rationing has been much less painful than the last time it was imposed in the whole of the United States amid the fuel shortages of the 1970s. Back then, rationing measures -- including odd-even, which restricts gas sales to cars with odd-numbered license plates on odd days and even-numbered license plates on even days -- stretched on for months and seemed to barely make a dent in the problem.

This time Hurricane Sandy created a temporary glitch in the regional supply line by cutting off power to gas stations and damaging a distribution network of ports and terminals that delivered gas to the pumps. They said that it should have been only a minor disruption because power was restored to stations and terminals were repaired. But it soon evolved into a crisis in part when drivers who were not used to being told they could not fill up when they wanted began to panic and started descending upon gas stations in droves.

“By perceiving a shortage, they actually created one,” said Awi Federgruen, a management professor at Columbia Business School.

Federgruen added that gas station owners who responded with their own form of ad hoc rationing -- such as setting a limit of 10 gallons per customer -- only reinforced the feeling that there was, in fact, a limited supply of fuel. That, he said, ultimately contributed to the long lines by forcing customers to come back for more gas and “doubling or tripling the volume of cars that need to be served.”

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1 Nostrolldamus The 2nd (#) Nov 19th, 2012 - 05:07 pm Report abuse
Takes a darn MONTH in the mighty USA to get some stupid trees and powerlines up so gasoline can be restored?

I saw some pictures of the “megastorm”... we get as many trees down and fires in Mendoza during a stupid Zonda event. Talk about a country in decline, I bet in the 1950s they would have fixed all that in a week.
2 ElaineB (#) Nov 19th, 2012 - 05:41 pm Report abuse
Tens of thousands of trees came down during the hurricane. A rare event in the area it hit. Like the 1987 hurricane in England, these rare events cause much destruction because they are so rare.

Are there even that many trees in Mendoza? (Not including the cultivated fruit trees).

Unlike you, TTT, I have travelled extensively in Argentina and the US. There is no comparison. Argentina is a beautiful country but has been underdeveloped, underfunded and neglected for decades. Despite your wish that Argentina is somehow on the rise and the US on the fall, it certainly does not look that way. You should get out in the world and see for yourself. It might widen your narrow mind.
3 Nostrolldamus The 2nd (#) Nov 19th, 2012 - 05:48 pm Report abuse
What are you talking about? Did I say anything about Argentina? Aren't you the one always bleeting to stick to topic. Well dearess, the topic here AINT Argentina. Stick to the program unless you are the typical British behavior of “do as we say not as we do”.

There's millions of trees in Mendoza, and all are artificially planted. How about that.

You are talking about tens of thousands of trees over an area the size of the east coast of Buenos Aires province, not all in one little area. Furthermore that region of the world has a massive population density, so the man power is there. And since you just said how superior the USA is supposedly, you would think they would have the equipment ready to go.

No, there is no excuse for it to take a month to just axe through some trees with electric serruchos.

I give a slark how much you've travelled, I still will place my opinion and furthermore your opinions on Argentina are biased and in the real world of journalism and research no one would take them seriously unless it was a pro/con document, where two opposing sides were highlighted.
4 Ayayay (#) Nov 19th, 2012 - 07:21 pm Report abuse
Did you know? Gas prices in America are cheaper than India where people earn 3% of American wages?
5 briton (#) Nov 19th, 2012 - 07:41 pm Report abuse
The walking will do them a world of goodness,
think of the exercise..
6 Ayayay (#) Nov 19th, 2012 - 07:53 pm Report abuse
I know! just remember errybody, 88% of America's obese are in the red states, not blue like NY.
7 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 20th, 2012 - 12:07 am Report abuse
Its times like these we can see what “big government” is for...
8 Ayayay (#) Nov 20th, 2012 - 01:10 am Report abuse
This is good for Mother Nature.
9 Marcos Alejandro (#) Nov 20th, 2012 - 04:18 am Report abuse
“Gasoline rationing extended in New York”

20 yankeeboy “ and a few decades later we are exporting oil and nat gas . That is innovation!!”

Indeed Fred! :-))))))))))))))
10 usa fiscal cliff (#) Nov 20th, 2012 - 05:28 pm Report abuse
the worst is yet to come
11 agentscrewed (#) Nov 20th, 2012 - 08:18 pm Report abuse
@5 briton the nigger
shut up
12 Ayayay (#) Nov 20th, 2012 - 09:33 pm Report abuse
@12 Deportedo.
13 DanyBerger (#) Nov 21st, 2012 - 08:46 am Report abuse
@ Nostrolldamus

Is what I call poor inefficiency, Americans necons just govern for the media like Macri.

As a real Yankee as Daddy Yankee will say...

How does she like the Gasoline...

Duro!... Duro..!

Give me more gasoline...
14 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 21st, 2012 - 02:17 pm Report abuse
“This time Hurricane Sandy created a temporary glitch in the regional supply line by cutting off power to gas stations ”

What is worse....small area gas lines from a natural disaster like a hurricane in NYC.......or national gas lines from poor economic management from a moron like kirchner?

“Argentina’s current predicament would be more comic than tragic if there were any sign of reason in the Casa Rosada presidential offices in Buenos Aires. ”

“Business owners who complain publicly may suffer the wrath of Fernández, who occasionally interrupts her nationally televised announcements to call out whiners. It would be a little like the American president using a State of the Union address to single out a Tucson hair salon owner for griping to the local paper about the White House’s China policy”
15 DanyBerger (#) Nov 23rd, 2012 - 09:26 am Report abuse
@Captain Poopy

Poopy you are very funny, the link to the article that you have posted criticising Argentina if from Bloomberg.

The multimedia group owned by Michael Rubens Bloomberg the actual Mayor of New York City that cannot provide “Gasoline” to New Yorkers due to his incompetence.

Is not silly?

Next what?

Mr. Dracula criticising Argentina for not being vegetarian and eat meat?
16 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 23rd, 2012 - 09:47 am Report abuse
#14 If the US President was able to refute critics as Cristina can, he wouldn't have to ignore them =)
17 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 23rd, 2012 - 01:08 pm Report abuse
Well BK unlike in yopur homeland, Argentina,we cannot just close down the freedom of the press. Presidents and leaders of the free world accept cristism, it comes with the job of being a real leader of a free country. You know that old saying...“ if you can't stand the heat, stya out of the kitchen”. I think in this case......asslips should not be in the kitchen......her recipes are poisonous.
18 DanyBerger (#) Nov 24th, 2012 - 07:16 am Report abuse
@Captain Poppy

You cannot close down any media group in US simply because your presidents are puppet of them and has not any power. All just follow the book wrote by the US and foreign plutocracy.

And that is the reason why you will be looking for a job in Tijuan in the next few years among other things...

That’s all poopy...
19 ronald (#) Nov 26th, 2012 - 11:40 pm Report abuse
hey con/capt.piss
is your wife Isolde ready?
20 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 27th, 2012 - 12:18 am Report abuse
#18 no dipshit for is written in our bill of rights that freedom of speech and the ability to criticize the government are the most important and sacred concept to a free democracy something you cannot understand.
Let me know when I should look for work in Tijuana, you are seemingly in the know.

that's all dickhead
21 DanyBerger (#) Nov 27th, 2012 - 01:07 am Report abuse

Thijuana never was so close...

May be slowly is moving to your city. You never know...
22 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 27th, 2012 - 03:04 am Report abuse
yes and I am sleepless over the worrying
23 DanyBerger (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 08:05 am Report abuse
And without Gasoline Poopy like in a third world country in Africa.
Oh! sorry I just confirmed that in Africa they have gasoline and don't have food stamps...
24 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 11:16 am Report abuse
Your twisted reality has you thinking that so I wont even answer as everyone else understands what a hurricane is and does. Talk to mean the week of Christmas in argentina dick berger?

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