it cannot be ignored

I just heard that people are lining up in Georgia to pay US$5.00/gallon for gas. (And we were complaining yesterday when gasoline prices went up here from Cdn$1.00/liter to Cdn$1.20/liter – about US$4.00/gallon.)

News of disruptions in the gas supply sparked runs on stations and a sharp spike in prices, with some drivers in Atlanta, Georgia, facing prices above $5 a gallon. ( weather 9/1/2005 Katrina Impact)

I KNEW that I should have asked Mom how to do canning when she was visiting… something tells me that fresh vegetable prices are going to skyrocket this winter. At least we have a roof over our heads, though – unlike thousands upon thousands of people across this beleaguered world.

edit 2 September 2005:

Gas prices today in Toronto: Cdn$1.35/liter

* SEATTLE POST – Gasoline prices surge; some stations run dry (
* CBC – Gasoline prices surge, sporadic shortages spread across United States
* Pulse24 (Toronto) – The Price Is Wrong
* Washington Post – After the Deluge, New Orleans’s Mayor Nagin Stands His Ground
* CBC – New Orleans mayor blasts federal government for slow response

5 responses to “it cannot be ignored

  1. Amy

    Believe it. I spent one hour in a gasline last night, with only premium gas available and a $30 fill-up limit. Only 1 in every 8 or 9 gas stations has gas here on the Gulf Coast, although prices haven’t gotten too terrible yet. I’m posting photos later today or tomorrow. Thanks so much for your comment about the hurricane–I’m going to address your point about housing evacuees when I post the local photos.

  2. ejm Post author

    And does $30 fill-up limit actually fill up the tank?

    As far as I can tell, all sorts of gasoline (premium, regular, etc.) are available here and there are no restrictions. We are being asked to conserve. Our car has been in our garage since last Monday though. (We miraculously bought gas just before the big hikes – for $.95/liter – I’m sure that’s the last time we’ll see gasoline being sold for less than a dollar a liter!) Luckily, we can use public transport and/or bicycle for most of our journeys.

  3. CAM

    Thanks for putting a link to the hunger site on your regular forum page. It reminds me to click on it whenever I’m on your blog.

    Also, the ReliefWeb and AlertNet sites are such welcome news sites compared to the usual run of news that is so focussed on North America.

    Thanks ejm!

  4. ejm Post author

    Glad to be of service, CAM. The hungersite link has always been on the sidebar here (still is) but I decided to make it more prominent. I just couldn’t in good conscience have a blog devoted to food without having a reminder that there are those in the world who are truly hungry.

    And the main reason I put the links to ReliefWeb and AlertNet was to remind people that there are many many many disasters (natural and manmade) throughout the world. This is why I always suggest that people specify “greatest need” when making donations to relief organizations. I find it rather sad that we only focus on the things that affect us directly.

    So there was/is a tremendous amount of attention on the December 2004 Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. I don’t see quite the same attention being paid to the continuing hunger crisis in Africa or this recent earthquake in Southern Asia. To put things in perspective, (and not to minimalize any of the recent suffering and destruction in the gulf states of the US) the death toll from Hurricane Katrina is somewhere around 1000. The death toll from the recent Pakistan Earthquake is more than 47000 and no doubt rising because of aftershocks, etc.

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