Letter to the editor: Petroleum industry greed
I firmly believe that the government has to step in and take some kind of control over the petroleum industry, because the price of fuel is out of control. Oh yes, many years ago I pumped fuel when it was 25.9 cents a gallon, but at that price I cleaned your windshield and checked your oil and tire pressure. Now you are paying close to $3.00.9 a gallon or more, and you get nothing for your money except the fuel you yourself have to pump into your vehicle.
Since millions upon millions of dollars in profits are made by this industry year after year, I think it’s time to give back to the consumers by lowering the price of fuel. I guess the best description of the industry is “greed.”
You may remember earlier this summer a large fire at a refinery in Philadelphia. As the fire was burning that morning, three gas stations all within 5 miles of my home raised their regular fuel price from $2.83.9 to $2.93.9 per gallon. Naturally, my question to the owners of these gas stations would be, didn’t you pay a cheaper price for the 7,000-10,000 gallons of fuel still in your underground tanks? Gee, why not wait until your new supply comes, and if you have to pay a higher price, then pass that on to the consumer?
Someone has to take control of this industry from the top to the very bottom.