Leaving aside the still-high price of diesel, a backlog in new trucks and a difficulty in finding younger drivers could mean an already-stressed industry will remain that way for months, and possibly even years.
“When you have a big job to do, whether it’s harvesting or planting or transportation, it helps to run on gas,” said Bones. “It seems that electric vehicles have a place, but I don’t think it’s out here in flyover country.”
The report comes as the Biden administration prepares in the coming months to unveil new safety-related rules to curb methane emissions from pipeline systems that transport gas from production to local distribution.
The president will also call on states to temporarily suspend state fuel taxes, which are often higher than federal rates, and he will challenge major oil companies to bring back idled refining capacity.
Particularly galling to the White House is the jump in industry stock buybacks, returning to investors profits that the administration wants invested in more refining capacity to bring gasoline prices down.
Biden also said his staff would meet with oil industry executives this week after he told U.S. refiners in a letter last week that unprecedented profit margins are unacceptable and called for “immediate action” to improve capacity.
June 20, 2022 05:23 PM
By Josh Wingrove and Jenny Leonard / Bloomberg News
The average price of gas in Minnesota and nationwide hit record highs last week, including at $4.98 per gallon nationwide on Monday, according to AAA. The national average rose to $5 a gallon last week for the first time.