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In the south on Wednesday, social media was a frenzied mess of memes and admonishments, as a major gas shortage hit the east coast.
The shortage is currently being caused by two factors: A ransomware attack that has crippled a major and integral piece of petroleum infrastructure, and the panicked hoarding of the unscrupulous among us. This brought with it a number of alarming, and somewhat hilarious, tweets.
This is why there's a "gas shortage" pic.twitter.com/8nZKocGRid
— Koko (@Kokomothegreat) May 12, 2021
Stocks red, crypto red, gas shortage, chicken shortage, chick-Fil-a sauce shortage. pic.twitter.com/pZdMcbt2yk
— Teej (@StockzNCrypto) May 12, 2021
— I Might Be Donna (@Crypsis12) May 12, 2021
And while there are some decent chuckles to be had online, the situation was turning serious down south.
More than three-quarters of gasoline stations in some southern U.S. cities have run out of gasoline as a massive pipeline shutdown stretches into a fifth day.
In Spartanburg, South Carolina, 78% of outlets were out of gasoline, while Pensacola, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, had 73% and 71% outage rates, respectively, according to data from retail tracker GasBuddy.
About 65% of filling stations in Norfolk, Virginia, have sold out of gasoline, the data showed.
Almost unbelievably, the White House seemed to dismiss the idea that there was trouble, suggesting that there would be no “supply issues” during a presser on Tuesday.
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