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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) investigates gasoline price irregularities

GasBuddy Blog -- If asked to name the states where gas prices are highest many of us could easily name Hawaii, New York, California and Connecticut, where notoriously steep taxes keep gas prices extremely high, but most of us would probably overlook Vermont, which has the sixth highest average price of gasoline in the U.S.

Frankly, it's puzzling because Vermont's combined gasoline tax (44.5 cents per gallon) puts it among the lowest tax rates of the states populating the list of the 10 highest gas price averages. So why are Vermont's retail prices so high?

That's what Senator Bernie Sanders, a member of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, wants to know. He's especially interested in learning why some distributor-owned-retail operations in...


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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2013 9:32:26 PM

Bernie Sanders is a communist. Heck, I remember when Vermont had more cows than communists!

He's a global-warming zealot and not to be trusted.
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QuagmireLA
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2012 2:05:34 PM

Glad to see somebody is looking into these obscene profits and price manipulation/fixing. The simplest thing to do would be to look at all the deregulation of the oil markets that happened over the last 20 yrs or so. There were mechanisms put in place after the 1970's "oil crisis" most of these controls have been eliminated or weakened so much that they have no effect. The answer to problem is in our recent past.
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wxman08
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Message Posted: Dec 26, 2012 11:38:49 PM

Senator Sanders just got re-elected, and he doesn't take any oil money. We really can let those silly comments slide now...
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unemployed58
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Message Posted: Dec 25, 2012 1:51:06 PM

Is there an election looming?
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GAS1251
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2012 6:20:01 AM

Certainly the fuel suppliers will cooperate with him on this investigation.
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NSP31A
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Message Posted: Dec 21, 2012 5:11:27 PM

If there were not so many government regulations and the dollar was tied to something with actual value (not just the full faith & credit of the US government), then prices would be lower. Plain and simple.
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wxman08
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 4:18:27 PM

What happens over a good portion of the year (when the "summer-blend" is in place) is that the gasoline that's being sold in the Burlington area is different (by law) & more expensive than gasoline that's sold in more rural areas of VT.

Gasoline prices can vary a lot even across the rest of Chittenden county in VT. Winooski has usually been a place to get cheap gasoline, while parts of Burlington & South Burlington have usually had more expensive gasoline. People need to shop around & not be so loyal to a particular brand name.
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 9:48:04 AM

Sen. Sanders is a champion of the people. I appreciate his work on this and other issues.
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TheMaltesePapa
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Message Posted: Dec 20, 2012 9:48:03 AM

Sen. Sanders is a champion of the people. I appreciate his work on this and other issues.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 8:52:46 PM

this is what you do when you want to get re-elected.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 5:37:05 PM

GasBuddy, you should have stopped by and said "Hi"!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 12:08:08 PM

Good for him..
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Everyman2012
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:47:33 AM

We do not need more or less government. We need a government that steps in when we, the people, get the short end of the stick. As is the case here. Fortunately for us Vermonters we have a politician who understands that. And I thank him for that.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:42:44 AM

Go Bernie!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:18:28 AM

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) investigates gasoline price irregularities? And what is Bernie going to find out what other investigators and states have not been able to find out? Just make Bernie look good and nothing will come of the investigation or anything against Big Oil or Big Gas.
There will Not be cheaper fuel prices in the US. More refineries are Not the answer, Stop exporting fuel is!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:10:15 AM

Keep the free market free from government!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 10:37:41 AM

Socialist scum!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 10:05:43 AM

supply and demand...
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 10:03:01 AM

make it work
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It’s about time!
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:59:29 AM

gas price in target
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:56:21 AM

Why are the prices what they are? Because they can.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:54:17 AM

?? Not news
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:53:06 AM

Yeserdays story
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:53:03 AM

Read yesterday
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:52:26 AM

Deja vu
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:52:22 AM

good luck
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:52:12 AM

I guess nobody thinks Senator Sanders has a chance against big oil, but you may be pleasantly surprised.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:52:11 AM

old posting
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:51:43 AM

v
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:51:43 AM

someone is looking for campaign contributions.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:50:17 AM

Go for it...
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:50:00 AM

Go Bernie! I saw someone say here that Indiana needs to be checked out. I would agree to that. While I have not lived there I have driven through Indiana many times and it seems that the price for gas is pretty much the same everywhere in the state. Ohio and Illinois have much more variation in prices and Ohio is much lower usually. In Massachusetts the variation now is approaching a dollar a gallon from the highest priced gas to the lowest in the state.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:48:43 AM

Vermont is a state split by a Mt. Range... their trucking expense has to be one of the highest in the nation... just getting it to stations... ? Just a thought
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:46:49 AM

I hope he gets to the bottom of this.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:45:38 AM

Indiana needs to be checked CLOSELY
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:45:26 AM

Commented on this yesterday
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:45:08 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:45:01 AM

Yes, Bernie, investigate this, but once you get your results, do something about it.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:44:26 AM

Not much they can do without endangering all those nice campaign donations that come from the oil industry.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:44:05 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:43:25 AM

We've heard this before. Not much if anything happens after the press release announcing the investigation.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:43:09 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:42:08 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:41:20 AM

Yesterday's news.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:40:29 AM

waste of tax money
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:39:23 AM

Well it gives him something to do.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:38:13 AM

Old.
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:35:47 AM

Oil comapny Greed and collusion among retailers
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Message Posted: Dec 19, 2012 9:35:01 AM

When the oil wholesalers and retailers wish to gouge consumers, you end up with high prices.
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