Soon, the agony of the gasoline lines will disappear, and we will no longer have to plan gas-acquisition strategies over breakfast each day. But we shouldn't forget the one consequence of Sandy that hit every one of us on our suburban island and find a way to prevent it from happening again.
The sale of gas is a private-sector function. But the private sector hasn't done much better at anticipating a storm like Sandy than the public-sector utility that has let us all down. What's missing in the gas-delivery infrastructure that could make the system more stormproof? How can state and federal government offer incentives to the private companies that obtain, transport and sell this essential commodity, so that they make needed improvements in the supply?
Those are the questions we need to keep asking, long after we stop asking: Can I get gas today?