Monday, September 15, 2008

Sep. 15: Emergency Price Control Needed On Gasoline

By Sylvia Gurinsky

For the last 48 hours or so, we've seen the ridiculousness of gas stations gouging prices on consumers in various states, including Florida.

Both Gov. Charlie Crist and Attorney General Bill McCollum have called on Floridians to report abuses. Many have, and McCollum, commendably, is issuing subpeonas.

Crist, McCollum and company can and should do more - like a three-month control on gasoline prices.

Free market advocates will carp, but this is not a free market issue. There is an emergency going on in Texas because of Hurricane Ike. Oil companies should not be allowed to take advantage of the emergency by squeezing anyone.

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