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Massachusetts Drivers Advised ‘To Fill Up Early’ Before Memorial Day To Avoid Even Higher Cost Of Gas

   DailyWire.com
BOSTON, MA - March 16: Gasoline prices at a Shell station on the corner of Columbus and Massachusetts Avenue on March 16, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Ahead of Memorial Day, Massachusetts drivers are being advised to fill up their tanks before the long weekend begins in order to avoid paying prices potentially as high as five dollars per gallon.

On Monday, The Boston Herald reported that the average cost of gasoline in the Bay State is $4.73. “Massachusetts’ average gas price is now 14 cents higher than the national average, and Suffolk County’s average price has soared to $4.86. Gas is a whopping $5.87 on Martha’s Vineyard and $5.68 on Nantucket,” the paper added.

AAA Northeast spokesperson Mary Maguire told the paper those prices could get higher. “A lot of people filling up their tanks and visiting gas stations this week will put upward pressure on the market,” Maguire said.

“Don’t wait to fill up until you get to a busy stretch of highway like the Mass Pike, or when you make it to Cape Cod or the Berkshires where prices are traditionally higher,” she advised folks traveling through Massachusetts. “Fill up close to home and early in the week.”

Head of petroleum analysis Patrick De Haan at GasBuddy made similar remarks, according to Patriot-News in Pennsylvania on Monday.
“With more Americans planning to hit the road for Memorial Day this year compared to last, prices will be over $1.50 per gallon higher than last year,” De Haan said.
De Haan believes that the answer to these problems can be solved in part by Americans driving less.
“Though, prices are appearing to slow down, for now,” he added. “While the coast isn’t clear yet, and prices will be at their highest Memorial Day level ever, I’m hopeful that we could avoid a dreaded national average of $5 per gallon this year. Whether or not we’re able to depends on Americans cutting demand in the face of sky high prices.”
In an attempt to offset gasoline prices, the Department of Energy announced Tuesday that the U.S. “was selling up to 40.1 million barrels of crude oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a previous announcement by the administration.”
In April, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) slammed the administration’s decision to use strategic oil reserves to provide brief, temporary reprieve from prices.

“[We don’t have] the Strategic Petroleum Reserve … to float Joe Biden’s terrible poll numbers and try to help the Democrats limp into a midterm election,” Cotton said at the time to Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “This is not just a gimmick — it’s dangerous.”

“What if, say, Iran, emboldened by a terrible nuclear deal, strikes refineries or production facilities in places like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or the United Arab Emirates? What if a major hurricane hits Louisiana and Texas this year? That’s why we have [the reserves],” he explained.

“But if we release this oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve every day for the next six months, we’re only treating the symptoms … the cause [is the] … war Joe Biden is waging on oil and gas production in America,” he explained.

On Tuesday, Maguire noted that the high cost of energy has been draining the American people.
“It’s a tough time for a lot of people,” Maguire explained. “And the concern right now is the price of oil remains high, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, and Memorial Day weekend with increased demand for gasoline as people hit the road is right around the corner.”
“We’re looking at busy Memorial Day weekend travel forecasts, and I think it’s likely prices will increase as demand grows for Memorial Day travel,” she added. “So I’d recommend that people fill up early in the week.”