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Sioux Falls Residents Treated to Pre-Biden Era Gas Prices Yesterday Afternoon
#TrueCosts #GetMorePayLess

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."

The campaign titled, The True Cost of Washington, launched in May, and is touring the country in hopes of educating Americans on the driving factors of inflation, along with solution strategies.



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 you’re paying for the product. And do it now.

— President Biden (@POTUS) July 2, 2022

However, gas station owners are hardly in control according to Mike Bailey, chair of the Wyoming Petroleum Marketers board of trustees. Bailey states, "contrary to the public’s perception — and perhaps the president’s — gas station owners’ price setting flexibility and profit margins are limited."

In a statement, Jeff Lenard V.P of Strategic Industry Initiatives for the National Association of Convenience Stores, (a global trade association for convenience stores and fuel retailers) wrote that fuel retailers see closer to .10 - .15 cents per gallon in profit, as opposed to public perception of nearly 2.00 per gallon. The majority of these cost at the pump go towards state and federal taxes. Experts explain that government, not private industry, is actually the largest benefactor of fuel sales.

Additionally, operating costs are increasing with inflation, and only a select few seem to be benefiting most. With the closure of the Keystone XL pipeline, created originally to
decrease America's dependence on "dirty crude" from Venezuela, Warren Buffet's BNSF Railway has been the largest beneficiary of the closure. BNSF is currently picking up the slack in the wake of the Keystone XL closure.

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 — 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.

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Post Date: 2022-07-20 09:35:20Last Update: 2022-07-21 11:46:50


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