WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is ordering the purchase of up to 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and up to 10 million gallons of diesel fuel for distribution in areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy to supplement private sector efforts.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Friday that President Barack Obama has directed the Defense Logistics Agency to handle the purchase of the fuel. It will be transported by tanker trucks and distributed throughout New York, New Jersey and other communities impacted by the storm.
The current gasoline shortage afflicting our area is caused by lack of electricity to pump it and not because of a shortage of fuel itself. When the power comes back on, the “crisis” will end. Nothing Obama or any other politician may order will hasten that day. There’s no indication whatsoever that the distribution system devised by non-governmental entities has failed or isn’t working; in fact, we need less governmental interference, not more of it, as evidenced by the EPA being forced to suspend its “winter gas” requirements for the duration so that gasoline could get to regions that need it.
So why is Obama intruding now? Four more days.