U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced a new website to help consumers track gasoline prices in Vermont, where prices in the northwestern part of the state are 30 cents above the national average.
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Burlington U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced a new website to help consumers track gasoline prices in Vermont, where prices in the northwestern part of the state are 30 cents above the national average.
Sanders also said he plans to work with Vermont state lawmakers to hold hearings and draft state legislation on gas prices.
Some fuel dealers in Vermont, Sanders said, “are keeping gas prices artificially high simply because they can.”
In addition to highlighting the best gasoline pump prices in Vermont, Sanders’ website, “Consumer Watch: An Eye on Gas Prices,” explains how prices are set by tracking wholesale gas prices, profit margins, taxes and transportation costs for fuel haulers.
Gas prices in northwestern Vermont are significantly more expensive than in the rest of the state and country.
Sanders claimed that, for seven consecutive weeks from mid-September through October, northwestern Vermont was one of the 10 most lucrative markets to sell gas in the 13-state northeastern region of the United States according to the Oil Price Information Service, one of the leading national organizations that track fuel prices.
So far this year, the region comprising Chittenden, Grand Isle and Franklin counties ranked as the tenth most profitable market in the United States to sell gas, according to Sanders.
“We are in the midst of a terrible recession and many working families who drive long distances to and from work are hurting. Gas station owners have a right to make a profit, but they don't have a right to rip people off,” Sanders said.
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in northwestern Vermont on Monday was $3.65–31 cents more a gallon than the national average, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
Statewide, the average price currently is $3.60 a gallon, or 26 cents a gallon more than the U.S. average, according to Sanders.