The price of gas is skyrocketing all over the US. Strange that it is happening here in Fairbanks, where we have a refinery not more than ten miles away, and gas and oil that has nothing, I repeat, NOTHING to do with the Lower 48, not to mention Hurricane Katrina.
Yesterday gas was 2.56 at Fred Meyer, and up to 2.65 at Safeway. Today it was 2.71 (last time I looked, which was around six pm) at Safeway and 2.66 at Fred Meyer.
I heard from other folks who were gassing up that the gas stations had been out, changing their signs several times today. Let's see, they didn't get a new shipment, so they didn't have any reason to raise the price. No, they went out and raised their prices, not once, but at least twice and at some stations multiple times in one day just because they could.
There is no shortage of gas or oil in Alaska. Remember, we have the North Slope?
Nope, there is only one reason for the price of gasoline and diesel and heating oil to go up here.