Did Paul Ryan Really Max Out Filling His Tank?

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has a serious problem.† He just can’t manage to buy a tank of gas.

Ryan, illustrating the skyrocketing price of gas, claims he had to bust out two credit cards just to fill his tank up while on a recent trip in Wisconsin with his family.† “I canít even fill up my truck any more because of gas prices…You have to put a new credit card in the system if you actually want to top it off.Ē

But was Ryan exaggerating?†† Let’s do some simple math to see.

According to gas trackers in Wisconsin, a gallon of gas runs $3.72 on the low end to $4.19 on the high, and the average gallon in the state as a whole is $3.83.

Many pickup trucks, minivans and SUV’s tend to have around 20 gallon gas tanks.† Assuming Ryan, a noted fiscal conservative, waited it out at least long enough to not have to buy at the most expensive station in the state, but did take so long that he drained the tank nearly dry, if he bought a full 20 gallons at the average cost of $3.83, then yes, he would have gone over the $75 gas max by $1.60.

But this is by no means the highest gas prices Wisconsin has seen in recent years.† In fact, gas was 10 to 20 cents more per gallon in his state middle to later 2008, under President George W. Bush.† It then took a huge nosedive in the two months leading to the 2008 elections, and began inching back up once the elections were over.

When did they take their next big spike?† Right after the 2010 Republican sweep.

The “can’t fill my tank on a credit card” complaint is by no means new.† Customers were complaining back in the summer of 2008, when they were advised to close off the first transaction and begin a new one to get around the problem.

But now that the GOP wants to build the Keystone Pipeline, it’s suddenly the stuff that talking points are made of.


Photo credit: Gage Skidmore


Eternal Gardener
Eternal G6 years ago


Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

The number of permits issued by the present administration has just gone back down to 2003 and before levels. Bush and the Dick were trying to repay their oil buddies and went hog wild handing out permits because of the "drill baby drill" mantra that led to spill baby spill in their greedy rush. If the oil and Gas companies are being hindered by not getting enough permits why are they sitting on so many unused ones???

Oil and Gas Industry Sitting on 7,200 Drilling Permits
By PHIL TAYLOR of Greenwire
Published: March 25, 2011
The oil and gas industry has nearly 7,200 permits to drill on public lands that it has yet to use, according to Bureau of Land Management data obtained by Greenwire.
The unused, but still valid, drilling permits paint a starkly different picture from what industry and some in Congress have argued is a concerted effort by the Obama administration to lock up federal lands to energy production, said Dave Alberswerth, senior policy adviser on energy issues for the Wilderness Society and a former Interior Department official in the Clinton administration.
"I don't see how the industry and their allies can maintain with a straight face this fiction that somehow the Obama administration is unduly restricting their access to public lands for drilling when they're sitting on literally thousands of unused drilling permits," he said

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

I think it is a sad state of affairs if a United States Congressman has such a low limit available on his credit cards that he can max them out buying $75.00 worth of gas...lol.

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

He can afford trips with his family from Washington D.C. to Wisconsin... then he also can afford those snappy looking business suits... I think he has maxed out on what he is elected to do... and that's representing the people, including Racine County, which has the highest unemployment rate in the state, and lagging.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

If we are exporting more refined oil products than we are using, why in h*ll would any American want to take a chance just to make some oil executives more obscenely wealthy?

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

How about we run the XL pipeline right through Mr Shefights garage, maybe that would save some of the homeless vets from being beat on for jeffies profit...

We do not need another tar sands pipeline running over the biggest aquifer of fresh water in America, especially after the Kalamazoo MI oil spill that happened in 2010 and they are still trying to clean it up 20 months after. I am sure you were privy to this information;

EPA: Michigan oil spill may have exceeded 1M gallons

More than 1 million gallons of (tar sands) oil may have spilled into a major river in southern Michigan after a 30-inch pipeline in Marshall burst Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency now estimates.

The EPA released the update Wednesday evening shortly after Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm criticized efforts to contain oil flowing into Talmadge Creek, which runs into the Kalamazoo River.


One drop of oil, spilled on the ground, can pollute 1 million gallons of water in the water tables below ground. (http://rcbc.bc.ca/files/u3/ps_bcuomabrochure.pdf) The spill above dumped one million gallons of tar sands oil into Talmadge Creek, that feeds into the Kalamazoo River in 2010. It is the same type of pipe they want to run over the largest fresh water aquifer in North America. If we are exporting more refined oil products than we are using, why in h*ll would any American want to take a chance jus

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer6 years ago

America could drill in every available area and it still would not affect the price of gas. Once the oil is pumped out of the ground it no longer belongs to America but belongs to the oil company drilling the site to be sold on the global market. Our Refineries are running at 100% capacity with more than half the production being exported overseas. Demand for gas is down because of the Chevy Volt and all the other hybrid/electric vehicles that you so disdainfully talk about... Law of Supply and Demand, the basis for Capitalism, is being manipulated by speculators in the Gas and Oil commodities market. The largest speculating firm is none other than Koch Industries. They have to push the price of gas up because they need the money to buy our elections…

Being in the Oil Boom-let Sweeps U.S. as Exports and Production rise

Looking at your heating bills or gas prices, you may find it surprising that the United States is enjoying a mini oil boom. It's producing more crude oil and, for the first time in decades, has become a net exporter of petroleum products such as jet fuel, heating oil and gasoline.
The U.S. exported more oil-based fuels than it imported in the first nine months of this year, making it likely that 2011 will be the first time since 1949 that the nation is a net exporter of such goods, primarily diesel.


Avril Lomas
Avril Lomas6 years ago

Mr Obama has NO control over gas prices. (see Fox news 2008!. ) The Keystone pipeline would NOT have changed the situation, although it presents a serious situation for the environment particularily for the aquifers. as the oil globules sink.(unlike the spill in the gulf.) and are extremely difficult nay impossible to clean up. Of course American s will decide whose fault the gas prices are (and that will depend upon partisanship.) Heaven forbid any attept at accuracy!.If want to blame someone try Mr Ryans friends in Wall Street,,the derivative traders and speculators. Poor Mr Ryan,going skiing!. too.my heart bleeds for him. Some of us have to plan our shopping for groceries with regard to gas prices and mileage to the stores.(speaking as a senior citizen.)
However to those who blame the President. As the saying goes,You can,t fix stupid!

Lee Witton
6 years ago

Jeffrey - you don't operate on facts at all. In fact, you simply do not know what you are talking about. Oil is this country's number one export, and, oil companies have been enjoying record breaking profits ever since Dubya 'occupied' the White House. Not only that, a major portion of leased land for oil drilling is not even being resourced but yet these oil companies want want more permits, more land in which to drill.
You know Jeffrey - that bike of yours is already carrying a really big load but it has the added burden of carrying a nut-job who is absolutely loaded with nothing but shit.

Thomas T.
Thomas T6 years ago

Somebody should tell this hapless fart that the XL pipeline will result only in exported gasoline, of NO benefit to Americans!