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Continued High Prices Result in Varied Responses

As much of the Midwest suffers from the persistent high prices caused by several refinery shutdowns earlier in the month, lawmakers and motorists alike have adopted a variety of ways to cope.

In Minnesota, where prices recently rocketed to all time highs, state legislators have taken it upon themselves to prevent future outbreaks. According to ABC News in Minneapolis-St. Paul:

“The uptick prompted Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to send a letter to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on Thursday urging him to examine the timing of the closures.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), who introduced legislation last year to eliminate excessive oil speculation that drives up gas prices, released a statement saying he’s working with the Department of Energy to explore ways to avoid multiple closures like this in the future.”

However, motorists are simply trying to go about enjoying their Memorial Day vacation plans. In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, local news sources report:

Cross-country traveler John Pietkiewicz said ‘You’ve got to pay [the higher prices]. You think more in terms of I’m glad that I have a vehicle that’s relatively fuel efficient.’

Marilyn Buskohl, AAA said: ‘I don’t really foresee that it will really affect travel. I really think that people are people are unfortunately having to get used to the high prices and I think they just somehow make it work.’

And some travelers agree, they are not going to let the increase in prices stop them from keeping their vacation plans intact.”

With no end in sight to these still increasing prices, it is certain that consumers and fleet managers alike are feeling the summer squeeze.

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