The RHATT Pack Watch
Today is Tuesday, December 11th, Day 230 of the Rhatt Pack Watch.
Great Work!! You did it Hamilton County!! Youre calls to the Governor’s office, the Florida Department of Transportation and the Department of Revenue have had an impact of the fuel price GOUGING by the Red-face Rat and his “Cousins” across Hamilton, Suwannee and Columbia Counties. Fuel prices are beginning to drop, but they have a long way to go.
Here’s a little insight into what goes into fuel costs you see at the pump. For the last ten to twelve years, the amount of crude oil imported into the United States has dropped by 25 percent and its continuing down. The same phenomenon is occurring in most other countries around the world as they swap to solar energy. This means there’s a crude oil glut.
In the last month alone, the price of crude oil has dropped about $17 per barrel and is now selling at about $51. When a barrel of oil arrives at our shores or is pumped from a well, it is transported to a refinery where contaminates like sulfur are removed and hydrocarbons are separated by the length of their hydrocarbon chain in a fractionating tower. Depending on seasonal and market needs, various types of products, like gas, regular, mid-grade or premium gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, oils, etc. are produced either directly, or by catalytic combining of short chains molecules or cracking long chains molecules. From the refineries, product is pumped into a national network of different product pipelines that reach virtually every region of the country. Product is pulled from the pipelines at various storage locations, where it is sold to regional distributors. All brands pump into and pull from the same pipelines and storage locations. Additives are mixed in and distributed to retail service stations.
So here’s the costs. Right now refineries are paying about $0.83 per gallon. Some domestic supplies are probably lower, but it’s unlikely any refinery is paying higher. The costs associated with removing contaminants, fractionating tower separation as well as any combining or cracking, plus all non-service station’ profit adds an additional $0.46 per gallon. Pipeline transportation and depot storage add an additional $0.05 per gallon at the most distant point in the United States. This means a regional distributor is paying an average of $1.44 per gallon for regular gasoline in the Hamilton, Suwannee and Columbia County region.
Federal excise tax on gasoline amounts to $0.184 per gallon, while Florida State tax is $0.314 per gallon and Hamilton County (thanks to the County Commissioners), one of the lowest in the State adds $0.06 per gallon. This puts the cost of regular gasoline under $2 per gallon.
Every penny above a fair profit is the Ratt’s and the “Cousins” GOUGING! According to Gas Buddy, the price of gas nearly everywhere in Jacksonvile is averaging $1.98. Other Florida regions are experiencing similar prices. States like South Carolina which has a lower State tax are seeing regular at around $1.83 per gallon. What this means is that our voice is being heard in Tallahassee and pressure is being placed on these “GOUGERS”. Your voice is important and must continue.
Keep it up Hamilton County! Every service station needs to come clean and sto GOUGING its customers. Keep an eye on the Ratt and the “Cousins” and let be known that you know their costs. Get involved. Learn how the Ratt, his “Out of Towner” Lapdog “Just keep paying me” Tebow and his “Gang of three” members Mindless “Splain it to me “Tanja and illegal alien Suck-up “Mini-Me Despot” Lofty are taking advantage of you. Start looking for replacement candidates who care about you. Help eliminate their and other crime in White Springs. Call the FBI office in Jacksonville (904) 248-7000.