On Friday, I had to drive from Montpelier to Burlington. And, since gas is always more expensive in the Queen City and environs, I made sure to fill the tank before I hit the freeway.
But when I got to Burlington, what to my wondrous eyes did appear?
Gas was cheaper. Anywhere from five to 15 cents a gallon cheaper than in Montpelier.
This hasn’t happened in, I don’t know, roughly forever. Gas is always more expensive in Burlington.
For years, Bernie Sanders has been alleging price fixing by the four companies that own most of Chittenden County’s gas stations. The companies have consistently denied any collusion — although, it must be noted, they usually bring down their prices for a while after Bernie kicks up a fuss. And then quietly goose them back up once the heat’s off.
Still, no matter how loud Bernie gets, they’ve never actually gone lower than adjacent markets.
So what could have caused this historic price drop?