Look at Michigan’s apple crop last year. Because of a warm spring, followed by a late freeze, a huge portion of the crop was lost. The result? Paying $8 a gallon for apple cider.
But what about gas prices?
There haven’t been any natural disasters that have led to Michigan residents this month paying historic highs — upwards of $4.30 — for a gallon of gas. Instead, it’s maintenance on a few refineries that service this region of the country that sent prices skyrocketing.
How do the companies that supply us with gasoline continue to get away with gouging customers?
A few refineries need some work and the gas companies send prices spinning out of control in an attempt to curb demand. It’s preposterous, and it’s terribly unfair to the consumer who has no choice but to buck up and shell out ridiculous amounts of cash to keep their vehicles running.
State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, called for a new refinery to be built in Michigan to help ease the pain at the pump for the state's residents.
We’re all for anything that can help keep the price of a gallon of fuel at a more reasonable level.
Turn on the TV, page through a magazine or check out the billboards along our highways and we’re bombarded with ads about Pure Michigan, urging us to get out and experience all that our great state has to offer. That’s not easy to do with gas topping $4 a gallon.
A family with a few kids can’t fit into a Toyota Prius or other fuel-efficient vehicle. More likely, it’s a minivan or some type of sports utility vehicle that offers enough room for families to make a long trip in some semblance of comfort, but keeping those thirsty engines satisfied doesn’t come cheap.
Something needs to be done about our gas prices — which, according to reports, are the second-highest in the nation.
If it takes the construction of a new refinery to keep our prices at a more reasonable level, then we’re all for it. But, for the time being, we’re stuck paying whatever the gas companies want.
And we’re the ones forced to suffer because of it.
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