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Bringing back a Hawaii gas cap?

Sen. Ron Menor Sen. Ron Menor
Stacie Grogan Stacie Grogan
Carl Labadie Carl Labadie
George Kali George Kali

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's been tried before but will Hawaii's constantly rising gas prices bring back a gas cap?

"Under the current market situation without regulation Hawaii's prices either remain at a certain level or they just stay high and they never come down," said (D) Senator Ron Menor

Some lawmakers feel drivers are unaware of the reasons behind the high gas prices. They hope to inform the public that it's not just the economy that's adding to outstanding fuel costs.

"The oil companies have been making excessive profits and that these profits are also contributing to high gas prices," said Menor.

Lawmakers say if there is a gas cap, drivers should have access to the way oil companies set their prices.

"What we need is a law that's going to require the oil companies to make more information public so that consumers can decide for themselves," said Menor.

Lack of competition for fuel in Hawaii makes the suggested gas cap law even more appealing to Hawaii drivers, in comparison to the mainland, where there are more gas companies to purchase fuel from.

"If we can have regulation on the gas itself we'll be able to control the prices thus we wouldn't feel it at the pump," said Driver George Kali.

"If it would help gas prices, definitely I would totally support it," said Drive Stacie Grogan.

But some drivers are not very optimistic about bringing back the gas cap.

"I think they tried it before and it really didn't work so I don't see how it would work this time," said Driver Carl Labadie.

Others just want relief from these ever escalating fuel price hikes.

"I think people just want to see the results, they don't really want to learn about how to do it."

Cap or no cap, Hawaii has one of the highest gas prices in the nation. And with no remedy in sight, prices might reach a statewide average of 5 dollars a gallon by the end of the summer.

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