Shortage what shortage.

On my recent trip to Keene I paid on average about $2.059 a gallon for unleaded gasoline from locations in northern, central New Hampshire and in Keene itself. During this time I noticed that unleaded fuel prices are .04-.05 cents higher across the border in Vermont.

This isn't an argument about how New Hampshire is more competitive than Vermont. There are many market reasons and factors that affect fuel prices but somehow there is one word that never seems to come into the discussion about the market cost of fuel and how much the consumer is actually paying whether this is in New Hampshire or Vermont.

Supply.

"Couldn't bring them in because we had no room for the fuel, yet there was a fuel shortage."

The law of supply and demand. In New Hampshire is the price of $2.05 a gallon a fair market price or an calculated analysis of what the demand will pay for this fuel?

There has been at least one NH legislative attempt to raise the price of fuel.

"A new bill to increase New Hampshire's gas tax by 15 cents over three years follows years of legislative studies and is co-sponsored by four members of the House Public Works and Highways Committee, two Republicans and two Democrats, including the chairwoman and vice chairman of the committee." (Concord Monitor).

Unleaded gasoline at $2.20 a gallon and possibly higher? Wonder how long it would take consumers to go to Vermont or in response the Vermont Legislature passing a bill authorizing a .05 increase. Vermont would have the market and the revenue.

Perhaps the whole issue of supply doesn't even need to be discussed.

source: truckersteve.com