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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

High gas prices...

Green Mountain Fuel-up: It's no secret that gas prices are through the roof these days. But this seems a little extreme:
With prices going up every week, workers at one gas station in Bennington say they've kept their prices slightly lower. Tuesday they were charging $2.47 for a gallon of regular unleaded while the Capital Region is at an average of $2.59.

They say those few cents are adding up to more customers coming from out of state to fill up.

“New York state, they come and they tell me they're 20 cents higher there, we're cheaper here. Connecticut people will come and say they're 35, 40 cents more,” manager Margaret Harris said.
Fine. If you work in Bennington and you get some gas on the way home because it's cheaper, that makes sense. But is anyone really driving to Vermont to get gas and save, what, $1.20 on the tank? Assuming you get 30 mpg - and god knows you don't on those crappy Vermont roads - it's only worth it if you live 7 miles or less from Vermont. And even then, your friends are just going to laugh at you if they find out what you are doing. And what's with the Vermont gas station owner - does he really think lowering his prices is going to result in a windfall of demand from Hoosick Falls? If he can lower his prices and increase profit, shouldn't he do that all the time to draw business away from other Bennington gas stations?

What a classic WNYT non-story - someone must have noticed that gas prices were cheaper in Vermont and jumped in the car to go get the quote and invent this one.
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