The United States is on their way to normalcy after the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the country’s healthcare system and economy for many months. As every American prepare to get their feet back on track and work once again, the country has no idea what’s in store for the people. Last week, an unknown group of cyberattackers targeted the fuel pipeline system that is responsible for sending fuel to different parts of the United States. As a result, many gas stations were left with no fuel supply for days.
With this new crisis appearing, Americans have resorted to that one thing that they already exhibited before when the pandemic first hit the country: hoarding. This appears to be the first thing that the American people do when faced with a major problem. You got a scary disease spreading in the community? Go hoard packs of tissue papers. Now that the supply of fuel has become scarce, people are now getting as much fuel as they can in their makeshift fuel tankers to fix the problem.
Well, the bad news is that hoarding only makes the problem much worse. If anything, there should not be a problem in the first place, but the mere act of hoarding causes a domino effect that creates a real, difficult problem for everybody.
The Fuel Shortage Due To Pipeline Hacking Is Only Temporary, But Hoarding Could Make The Supply Issue Stay Longer
Now that more people are going out to long road trips after a year of being confinded inside their houses, you can see the roads being crowded once again with vehicles. The timing of the pipeline dilemma could not come at the worse possible time, and people are getting so anxious about this latest hurdle. The good news, however, is that the hacking incident is not permanent. Of course, this problem in the system can get fixed in just one click by a simple system refresh, undoing everything that the hackers did to interfere with the operations. Granted, the hackers had already caused a few days of inconvenience to millions of people across the country, but the problem should not stay for long.
Unfortunately, when many people decided to hoard fuel supplies in their own homes, the real fuel supply problem has begun. There is now an imbalance in the amount of available fuel in the market, and this will cause unwanted movement in the fuel prices in the coming weeks. That is just the easy part. The bigger problem is how these ordinary people will be able to handle flammable content in their abode without causing harm for themselves and the people around them.
Hopefully, the people I hired to provide high-quality house cleaning services in my area are not affected by this budding fuel crisis. It will be hard for them to reach their clients when they have no fuel to put in their cars, just because the good ole hoarders have gotten all of the town’s supply.