The people of Sioux Falls, SD were ecstatic to receive some much-needed relief at the pump yesterday afternoon. Sinclair gas station on Potsdam Ave, partnered with Americans for Prosperity Tuesday afternoon to deliver $2.38* gallon gas, roughly the price of gasoline prior to Biden taking office. Cars lined-up and wrapped around the gas station, waiting to fill-up, while volunteers with Americans For Prosperity handed out water bottles and policy leaflets.
The event was hosted in an attempt to educate the public on various policy reforms, that once implemented, "would reduce inflation, lower gas prices and make life affordable for all Americans."
Melody Seney, the general manager of Sinclair on Potsdam Ave, has worked for the station for 18 years. Seney tells The Dakota Leader that gas prices have increased daily, and in her 18 years of working with Sinclair, she's never seen prices this high. Sinclair was bought out by CCFS retail and Harms oil company last year, and offers competitive pricing with ethanol renewable blends, produced in South Dakota.
"I'm proud to serve our community like this," Seney tells TDL. "I've been here for 18 years because it's a great company to work for."
Sentiments expressed by employees, run contrary to the Biden Administration's narrative of greedy gas station owners. Biden recently tweeted,
My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril.
Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost youâ€™re paying for the product. And do it now.
But it's more than just the closure of pipelines and refineries. Everything from ESG Scores (Environmental Social Governance Scores), taking place of traditional FICO scores and hindering U.S oil production, to the increase of taxes, and supply shortages are impacting the costs of fuel today.
Sioux Falls resident Bob Muhf, says he's just glad to see the return of gas prices to where they aught to be, even if it's only for a few short hours. Muhf who drives a pick-up truck, says he's paying in excess of $100.00 per fill-up these days. Yesterday however, Muhf was happy to pay $35.00 dollars total to fill his truck. "I'm going to take advantage of the cost while I can," Muhf told The Dakota Leader.
Lisa Nolen of South Dakota Americans For Prosperity, says that 62 percent of American households believe their income has fallen behind due to inflation, with another 83 percent of voters citing hardships due to increased costs. "Our goal is to see good, bi-partisan policies that benefit all Americans," Nolen says. "Inflation is costing the average American household $430 per month â€” essentially an additional tax of $5,200 this year," Nolen shared.
Volunteers spoke with many waiting in line to fill up yesterday. Stories of hardship, loss, and frustration were shared, but mainly people said that if gas prices were lower again, that money would be going to feed their families, or paying bills.
Americans For Prosperity, on its website, says that the American Dream is still attainable with common sense policy reform. To review the full list of policy ideas, and solutions to bring back prosperity, visit the AFP website here.
*Editor's note- A prior version of this article incorrectly stated gas at $2.34 cents. The correct amount was $2.38, and has since been updated.