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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Good News from Iran

This is good news. The headline on the BBC webpage reads: Iran fuel rations spark violence.

It seems that the geniuses in Tehran have spent so much time rattling their collective scimitars at Israel and so much of their national treasure on a nuclear weapons program that they forgot about building refineries to process the crude which comes up out of the ground like
Jed Clampett's farm.

According to the BBC:
Despite its huge energy reserves, Iran lacks refining capacity and it imports about 40% of its petrol.

Windows were smashed and stones thrown at the stations, and there was traffic chaos as motorists queued to buy fuel.

Iranians were given only two hours' notice of the move that limits private drivers to 100 litres of fuel a month.

(AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

For those, like me, who wouldn't know a litre from a meter, I looked it up for you.

One litre = 0.26417205 gallons or about four litres to the gallon. 100 litres per month is, then, about 26 gallons. That would be one tankful for my 1999 Land Rover Discovery.

Per month.

Get me some stones.


retread said...

Iran, of Shah fame, imports 40 percent of its oil?! They're floating on the stuff!

It seems to me the technology to refine crude is probably simpler than that required for nuclear power and there would be no shortage of customers, in country or out, so why don't they have refineries on every other corner?

Way to go, mullahs.

June 27, 2007 1:17 PM  
Ikez said...

You are supposed to blame this all on Jews and neocons trying to start a war aren't you?

Just joking. I like your site a lot. Keep it up.

June 27, 2007 1:52 PM  
Randy said...

They really should be ashamed of themselves. They have, according to everyone I have ever known in the energy field (being from Texas, that's more than 6), the BEST crude for fracturing gasoline out, and they can't, because they don't have refining capacity? Since when did the Green Party start running Iran?

June 29, 2007 1:31 PM  

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