How Government Wrecked the Gas Can

How Government Wrecked the Gas Can

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Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#1 May 10, 2013
HOW GOVERNMENT WRECKED THE GAS CAN.ďIím pretty alert to such problems these days. Soap doesnít work. Toilets donít flush. Clothes washers donít clean. Light bulbs donít illuminate. Refrigerators break too soon. Paint discolors. Lawnmowers have to be hacked. Itís all caused by idiotic government regulations that are wrecking our lives one consumer product at a time, all in ways we hardly notice. Itís like the barbarian invasions that wrecked Rome, taking away the gains weíve made in bettering our lives.Ē

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Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#2 May 10, 2013
How Government Wrecked the Gas Can
Jeffrey Tucker ∑ May 7, 2012

The gas gauge broke. There was no smartphone app to tell me how much was left, so I ran out. I had to call the local gas station to give me enough to get on my way. The gruff but lovable attendant arrived in his truck and started to pour gas in my carís tank. And pour. And pour.

ďHmmm, I just hate how slow these gas cans are these days,Ē he grumbled.ďThereís no vent on them.Ē

That sound of frustration in this guyís voice was strangely familiar, the grumble that comes when something that used to work but doesnít work anymore, for some odd reason we canít identify.

Iím pretty alert to such problems these days. Soap doesnít work. Toilets donít flush. Clothes washers donít clean. Light bulbs donít illuminate. Refrigerators break too soon. Paint discolors. Lawnmowers have to be hacked. Itís all caused by idiotic government regulations that are wrecking our lives one consumer product at a time, all in ways we hardly notice.

Itís like the barbarian invasions that wrecked Rome, taking away the gains weíve made in bettering our lives. Itís the bureaucratsí way of reminding market producers and consumers who is in charge.

Surely, the gas can is protected. Itís just a can, for goodness sake. Yet he was right. This one doesnít have a vent. Who would make a can without a vent unless it was done under duress? After all, everyone knows to vent anything that pours. Otherwise, it doesnít pour right and is likely to spill.

It took one quick search. The whole trend began in (wait for it) California. Regulations began in 2000, with the idea of preventing spillage. The notion spread and was picked up by the EPA, which is always looking for new and innovative ways to spread as much human misery as possible.

An ominous regulatory announcement from the EPA came in 2007:ďStarting with containers manufactured in 2009Ö it is expected that the new cans will be built with a simple and inexpensive permeation barrier and new spouts that close automatically.Ē
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#3 May 10, 2013
P.S. I use a funnel just because of how idiotic these gas "cans" are made.

“Paper Or Plastic?”

Since: Nov 11

Albakoikee

#4 May 10, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
P.S. I use a funnel just because of how idiotic these gas "cans" are made.
I have a couple of gas cans with the automatically closing spout, not that hard to deal with.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#5 May 10, 2013
rowdy01 wrote:
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I have a couple of gas cans with the automatically closing spout, not that hard to deal with.
I bought three five gallon cans to make the most of my Giant Eagle fuel points. They are unbearably slow, thus leading to the funnel purchase which has to be a lot more spill prone and a lot less safer than just having a vent there.
Babs

Valley City, OH

#6 May 10, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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I bought three five gallon cans to make the most of my Giant Eagle fuel points. They are unbearably slow, thus leading to the funnel purchase which has to be a lot more spill prone and a lot less safer than just having a vent there.
I too bought three gas cans for my Giant Eagle fuel and I just drilled a hole the top and put in my own closeable vent. Which BTW, why would Giant Eagle rather you drive around with 15 gallons of fuel in the trunk instead of just letting you have two cars? Makes no sense. They are my cars, they are my fuel perks.....J F C.

Since: Dec 11

Dayton, OH

#8 May 10, 2013
Try buying an electric tool of some sort that "could" hurt you if you are careless. Now you have to hold the button down and push a safety button with your toes to engage......just azzzinine. Cleary designed by pencil necks for your own good. Have a nice day.
Coming soon.......gas that doesn't combust...ergo. Useless. The wonderful EPA is pushing 15% ethanol blend. Sure cars will run on it but you have to cut a hole in the floor board and help a little like Freddy Flinstone. Yabba Dabba Doo.

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