5/22/2013 10:02:00 AM OPINION: Looking into spike in Minnesota gas prices
By Senator Al Franken
U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) made the following statement in response to the current spike in gas prices in Minnesota as a result of the temporary closure of two oil refineries in the Midwest:
"I'm very concerned about how gas prices in Minnesota have spiked following the temporary refinery closures. Every measure should be explored to ease pain at the pump," said Sen. Franken, the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee on the Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee.
"I'm currently working with the Department of Energy to explore whether there's a way to make sure that we can avoid having multiple temporary refinery closures in the same area of the country - which is part of the reason why we're seeing the spike in gas prices."
Last year, Sen. Franken introduced legislation that would direct the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to eliminate excessive oil speculation that drives up the price of gas.
Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Do you want to know why we have frequent refinery shut downs "Clueless" Al. Because environmentalist for years have been opposed to the building of NEW more efficient refineries (only one built from 1998 to 2008). Simply because they oppose fossil fuel. This same analogy could have been applied to the automobile and their emissions. We could have stop building new cars/trucks etc and simply repaired them whenever there was a breakdown. They certainly would NEVER be as efficient (less emissions and higher MPG) as our new autos and the same holds true with old outdated refineries. Al weren't you one of the Senators tin 2010-2011that felt Tea Party members should be scrutinized by the IRS??? But Al you seemed to have trouble paying "YOUR TAXES",WHEN THEY WERE DUE....