Florida gas prices continue to surge

Florida has seen yet another jump in the prices at the pump. The average cost for a gallon in our state rose four cents overnight — according to AAA.That puts it at $4.57 a gallon, a new record. The national average is still sitting at $4.59.A closely divided House approved legislation last week to crack down on alleged price gouging by oil companies and other energy producers as prices at the pump continue to soar.A bill backed by House Democrats would give President Joe Biden authority to declare an energy emergency that would make it unlawful to increase gasoline and home energy fuel prices in an “excessive” or exploitative manner. The bill directs the Federal Trade Commission to punish companies that engage in price gouging and adds a new unit at the FTC to monitor fuel markets.“At a time when people across the country are feeling the pinch at the gas pump, Congress needs to be doing all it can to bring down costs for American families,″ said Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., who co-sponsored the bill.She called it “infuriating” that spikes in gas prices were “happening at the same time that gas and oil companies are making record profits and taking advantage of international crises to make a profit. This must stop.″ Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services said last week she has a similar plan to get record-high gas prices down.Secretary Nikki Fried, who’s also running to be the Democratic nominee for governor, wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare an emergency.Fried said that would allow her to issue an order that would allow stores to sell gas at a loss.Under normal circumstances, state law bans retailers from selling gas below cost.Fried said stores have done it during past emergencies.”The last time we were able to waive this was in 2019 when Hurricane Dorian was on the verge of hitting land here in Florida. And we did see some of our larger retailers drop their fuel prices,” she said.Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says U.S. prices are lower than many countries right now.”Which sounds pretty wild when we’re talking about record prices. But even to the north, our Canadian neighbors are paying the equivalent of nearly $7 per U.S. gallon. So, prices are substantially higher there. You go to Europe, and you’ll find $8 and $9 prices. Hong Kong (is) well over $10 a gallon,” DeHaan said.AAA is still predicting more than 35 million people will still drive somewhere this weekend.An additional 3 million Americans are expected to fly for Memorial Day, despite the rising prices for plane tickets.The Associated Press contributed to this article

Florida has seen yet another jump in the prices at the pump.

The average cost for a gallon in our state rose four cents overnight — according to AAA.

That puts it at $4.57 a gallon, a new record.

The national average is still sitting at $4.59.

A closely divided House approved legislation last week to crack down on alleged price gouging by oil companies and other energy producers as prices at the pump continue to soar.

A bill backed by House Democrats would give President Joe Biden authority to declare an energy emergency that would make it unlawful to increase gasoline and home energy fuel prices in an “excessive” or exploitative manner. The bill directs the Federal Trade Commission to punish companies that engage in price gouging and adds a new unit at the FTC to monitor fuel markets.

“At a time when people across the country are feeling the pinch at the gas pump, Congress needs to be doing all it can to bring down costs for American families,″ said Rep. Kim Schrier, D-Wash., who co-sponsored the bill.

She called it “infuriating” that spikes in gas prices were “happening at the same time that gas and oil companies are making record profits and taking advantage of international crises to make a profit. This must stop.″

Florida’s commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services said last week she has a similar plan to get record-high gas prices down.

Secretary Nikki Fried, who’s also running to be the Democratic nominee for governor, wants Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare an emergency.

Fried said that would allow her to issue an order that would allow stores to sell gas at a loss.

Under normal circumstances, state law bans retailers from selling gas below cost.

Fried said stores have done it during past emergencies.

“The last time we were able to waive this was in 2019 when Hurricane Dorian was on the verge of hitting land here in Florida. And we did see some of our larger retailers drop their fuel prices,” she said.

Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy says U.S. prices are lower than many countries right now.

“Which sounds pretty wild when we’re talking about record prices. But even to the north, our Canadian neighbors are paying the equivalent of nearly $7 per U.S. gallon. So, prices are substantially higher there. You go to Europe, and you’ll find $8 and $9 prices. Hong Kong (is) well over $10 a gallon,” DeHaan said.

AAA is still predicting more than 35 million people will still drive somewhere this weekend.

An additional 3 million Americans are expected to fly for Memorial Day, despite the rising prices for plane tickets.

The Associated Press contributed to this article

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