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Reader's view: Franken's reasoning for high gas prices doesn't make sense

U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota must think we are all a bunch of mushrooms up here in Duluth. He keeps us in the dark and feeds us compost, as per the May 22 story under the headline, "Franken: Gas spike tied to budget cuts."...

U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota must think we are all a bunch of mushrooms up here in Duluth. He keeps us in the dark and feeds us compost, as per the May 22 story under the headline, "Franken: Gas spike tied to budget cuts."

Franken said in the article that part of the reason for the rise in gas prices is the Department of Energy's discontinuing of refinery maintenance reports two years ago, long before the sequester cuts. The reports were intended to help oil companies avoid shutting down multiple oil refineries at the same time. How? By publishing when one refinery is going to shut down so the others don't do the same thing at the same time? We are talking about billion-dollar industries here. Doesn't Franken think these companies talk with each other about these issues? Does he think they wait to read a report from the DOE before deciding when to close a refinery for maintenance?

He should try harder to find more rational reasons gas prices have risen so high in Minnesota.

Our confidence in politicians and in Washington is at an all-time low, and he only adds to it with these kinds of excuses.

Stephen M. Hennessy

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