The oil situation has been buried in the news due to all the coronavirus news. If you missed it, Saudi Arabia basically gave the middle finger to OPEC and started producing as much oil as they could. Russia joined them, and it looks like Iran might too. Combined with the drop in oil consumption due to the virus, oil prices are in free-fall. A barrel of oil has dropped from $50-$60 just a month ago, to barely above $20. It might even drop below $20.Gas prices are down...I am checking Costco by the crib this Friday morning. If it's close to 2 bux, I am filling my 135 gallon tank
I ain't saying I am going fishing but I'll have a range of about 270 miles
It's been wreaking havoc in the U.S. oil industry. Most U.S. production is offshore and in shale oil fields. Those wells are more expensive to operate, so are only profitable if prices are above $30-$40 / bbl. If prices remain this low, those wells are going to be shut off and the people working there laid off. Flip side of the lower gas prices we'll be enjoying.
It won't drop too low in California though because we have the highest fuel taxes in the country. 79.6 cents/gallon for gasoline (18.4c federal, 61.2c state), $1.11 for diesel (24.4c federal, 86.9c state) plus sales tax.
It's not fishing per se which has been banned. Too many people were congregating at beaches, piers, and boardwalks for lots of different activities (including fishing), defeating social distancing. So they closed those areas. The Dana Point boat ramp and parking for slipped boats remains open. I guess they don't really care if your family shelters at home, or aboard your boat. As long as you're not mingling with people outside your household, the goal of social distancing is still maintained.I don’t see any news of fishing/boating being closed in Orange or LA County. I’ll believe it when I see evidence.
Public parking at the harbor is all closed though - only the slipped boater parking lots and the boat ramp parking lots are open. The boat ramp parking lot was packed on Saturday.
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Hillary wouldn't have made a difference. Neither Trump nor the Democratic governors of New York, Washington, and California had the balls to do what was necessary to stop this virus like China and South Korea did. Complete and total lockdown, enforced by the police and military patrolling the streets. None of this pansy self-quarantining. Same goes for the EU countries (who have leaders far more liberal than Hillary).For sure if Hillary was the President, then we will Not Surpass China as the No.1 country with Most COVID-19 Infections!
No matter what it is, my President Trump always a Winner and Likes to be always No. 1....and U.S.A Did it Tonite!
The problem isn't which side of the political aisle you fall in. The problem is that democratic societies prize individual freedom. That makes them extremely reluctant to impose strict authoritarian restrictions on movement, which is what's needed if you want to stop the spread of this virus. China did it because they're authoritarian. Korea did it because they had a scare with MERS in 2015 (that one had a 30% fatality rate), and so knew they had to act quickly and decisively to shut it down before it spread further.
The trajectory the EU and US/Canada are currently on are for the majority of the population to catch this disease at some point. And the purpose of social distancing and the business shutdowns isn't to stop the virus, but only to slow down its spread so the number of people sick at any given time remains within the capacity of our medical system to treat. All the hardships hundreds of millions of us will go through in the next couple months could've been avoided if our leaders had had the guts to impose draconian lockdowns affecting only tens or hundreds of thousands in the communities surrounding the first cases which were detected.
There's a tendency for people to think that if a solution (like democracy) works well in one situation, then it must be best in all situations. It doesn't work like that. Democracy works well in some (most) situations, but authoritarianism works better in others (like the current pandemic). Same goes for politics. Liberal philosophies work better in some situations, conservative philosophies work better in others. The key is being flexible enough to adopt the philosophy which works best with the current situation, and change the philosophy you apply if the situation changes. Not to blindly try to apply your one favored philosophy to all situations.