February 6, 2020 | Mark Paradies

Unsung Heroes of 2005

Heroes of the Hurricane Season 2005

It’s the middle of winter but I was browsing through some old blog posts and I came upon the one below from September of 2005. It was after Katrina and Rita struck the Gulf Coast. I had almost forgotten about people getting hyper over potential fuel shortages.

Read the post below. How long ago 2005 seems. Remember when oil was over $100 per barrel? “Peak oil” had happened and we would never again see prices below that mark. Doesn’t it seem long, long ago?

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September 2005

I have heard several network “talking heads” complaining about the price of oil and oil company’s “obscene profits”.

Yet I think some of the most unsung heroes of the past two weeks have been the oil company employees who have reported to work and kept the gas flowing.

Many people complained about the temporary spike in the price of gas. Nobody likes gas at $3, $4, or even $5 a gallon. And some service station operators did take advantage of the panic buying to make a quick buck.

But the problem could have been much worse without some heroic efforts by oil company employees to get oil terminals running to get crude oil to refineries, to get refineries started up again and running at full capacity, to get pipelines running (for crude and gas), and to do this safely. And some of them did this while ignoring the damage to their own homes or while their loved ones were evacuated to distant shelters or went to live with far-flung relatives.

Perhaps people take vital services like gasoline, electricity, water, and other services for granted until they are disrupted. We forget the everyday heroes who make our complex economy work.

I would like to say THANKS to all those who are back at work in the affected area trying to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

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