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redneck 03-01-2019 08:13 PM

Get ready to pay more at the pump...

Everything thing you purchase will be affected.

The biggest change in global fuel regulations since leaded gas went away could cause price shocks


On Jan. 1, 2020, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will enforce new emissions standards designed to significantly curb pollution produced by the world's ships.

Under a new international shipping rule, the big ships that travel the world's oceans must switch from high sulfur sludge-like fuels to lower sulfur fuel or find a technological solution by Jan. 1.

That means ships, burning an estimated 3 million barrels a day, need to move to a different fuel type, putting them in direct competition for fuel with truckers, owners of heavy equipment, railroads and airlines.

Analysts say it's unclear how high prices could go and how long the disruption could last as the industry adjusts to the changes and refineries alter their output.

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redpoint5 03-01-2019 08:17 PM

Nonsense. SO2 is a local pollutant that dissipates quickly. Unless there's a problem with acid rain in the middle of the ocean that I've been unaware of.

I guess this is the year to buy everything.

19bonestock88 03-01-2019 08:18 PM

Oh, and JUST as most major domestic automakers have killed off their small cars! What are we to do?

redpoint5 03-01-2019 08:28 PM

Well, now is the wrong time to buy a diesel.

Next we'll see a thread by Oil Pan talking about how he's got a bunker oil furnace heating his home... and solar panels.

oil pan 4 03-01-2019 08:39 PM

Only if they had an unlimited supply of water to scrub the exhaust with.

I drive an electric car so it matters not to me.

redpoint5 03-01-2019 08:57 PM

That's a good point. I wonder why they don't just exhaust into the ocean?

ksa8907 03-01-2019 09:17 PM

Hmm, who could see this coming...? World supply of gas(oil) increases, demand falls or stays steady.... coax people into buying giant trucks, car companies abandon cars in pursuit of higher profits, snatch the market by passing regulation to raise fuel prices when people have no other choice than to pay it.

Did I get any of that right? Checkmate?

sendler 03-02-2019 05:57 AM

USA gas prices spiked $0.20 last month. Almost 10%. It was surprisingly low before that though.
A carbon tax would be even trickier to implement without crushing the economic ability of the shrinking middle class.

All Darc 03-02-2019 10:10 AM

Question to american people :

-Do americans take the car to go to a drugstore or bakery just 2 or 3 blocks away?

ksa8907 03-02-2019 10:45 AM


Originally Posted by All Darc (Post 592481)
Question to american people :

-Do americans take the car to go to a drugstore or bakery just 2 or 3 blocks away?

Different depending on situation, generally yes. Walking has a stigma of not having the money for a car, etc.

Where I live there us very little in walking distance or where I dont have to cross or walk along a state highway so I do drive the car most places.

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