Jun 29 2007

Iran Running Out Of Gas

Published by at 8:14 am under All General Discussions,Iran

It seems President Ahmedinejad and his littel Napolean complex may have screwed up royally, unless Iran has a fleet of nuclear powered cars hanging around somewhere:

Unrest spread in Tehran on Thursday, the second day of gasoline rationing in oil-rich Iran, with drivers lining up for miles, gas stations being set on fire and state-run banks and business centers coming under attack.

Dozens were arrested, and the Tehran police chief, Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam, complained to reporters that the police had been caught unaware by the decision to ration fuel.

The anger posed a keen threat to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was elected two years ago on a platform of bringing income from oil to the nation’s households. Instead, even though Iran is one of the world’s largest producers of crude oil, it has been forced to import about 40 percent of its gasoline at an annual cost of $5 billion to make up for shortfalls in its archaic refining industry.

Some analysts said the decision to ration gasoline was intended to prepare for the possibility of more United Nations economic sanctions as a result of concern over Iran’s nuclear program.

You really don’t want to go off on a nuclear-jihad if you can’t even keep your cars and commerce running. It is amazing that all the effort Iran has put into processing nuclear material superceded the needed upgrades to their refining infrastructure. It would seem to pale cost-wise in comparison. Clearly this puts the lie to Iran’s claim the nuclear material is for domestic power uses. If they are not even taking care of transportation, then why invest in a major power capabilty? It would seem you would do the gas refineries before anything else given how it can cripple a nation if it becomes short in supply.

Will this topple little Napolean and the Mad Mullahs? It’s possible.

3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Iran Running Out Of Gas”

  1. MerlinOS2 says:


    The key here will be working the numbers. I know thats boring for some, but there is a reason.

    Nominal gas usage for Iran before rationing is known. Therefore you can calculate the gas usage reduction that will occur.

    If imports are not reduced by a comparable amount , then it is likely that gas supplies are being dispersed and horded for military use in the event they are planing to up the conflict level this summer with Isreal or think there is a chance of us taking out their refinery.

    Since they import about 40% of their gas, if it was just a gas usage reduction the rationing should cut imports almost in half.

  2. thecentercannothold says:

    Even the moderate mullahs opposed to Ahmadinejad insist on nuclear power-as do most of the secularists in Iran.

    And pure Israeli Lobby propaganda, that which says Iran is
    near going off on a nuclear jihad. Shame on AJ for spouting it.

  3. The Macker says:

    “Israeli Lobby propaganda” – You don’t need expressions like this to advertise your attachments.