September 20, 2007

12ERNOMICS ISN'T WORKING:

Petrol Rationing - Bumpy Ride (Kimia Sanati, 9/20/07, IPS)

Two months after the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began rationing petrol to ‘’vaccinate’’ itself against possible sanctions, critics say the plan has failed to cut down gasoline consumption. Instead it has hurt the agriculture, tourism, transportation and other sectors of the economy. [...]

Extra rations for various government organisations, groups of individuals with special needs and some businesses, as well as a bonus 100 lt ‘summer travelling ration’ allocated by the government have reversed the initial drop in consumption. Gasoline consumers under 45 different categories are now receiving additional gasoline rations, a member of Parliament Economic Committee was quoted by the ‘Aftab Yazd’ daily as saying.

"During the early stages of the implementation of the plan, traffic was reduced, gasoline consumption went down, there was less pollution and people accepted to learn to change their fuel consumption patterns... but creation of extra rations has destroyed all the initial achievements," the hard line ‘Jomhuri Eslami’ daily wrote.


In c ase you wondered why Khamenei is shoving Rafsanjani down their throats.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 20, 2007 10:57 AM
Comments

More about the Iran gas shortage--almost as much of a hoot as "Mahdi Army."

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 21, 2007 3:30 PM
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