US needs sound energy policy to help economy recover

Chris Zeigler is the executive director of the American Petroleum Institute of Ohio.

For weeks, Ohioans have awakened daily to reports that the average price of a gallon of gasoline is higher than when they went to bed. Accordingly, gas prices have been a topic of conversation at the breakfast table, and then again at the dinner table.

We know that fuel prices fluctuate for a variety of reasons including the cost of crude oil, supply disruptions, transportation challenges and other market dynamics. But the temporary, sustained fuel price increases we’re experiencing now, which are attributable to our overall economy, cannot be to any specific like a refinery outage, pipeline closure, or weather event.

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