Zone-pricing politics

A new snake has slithered out of the gasoline-politics swamp, hunting for oil companies. It's a would-be controversy over zone pricing of gasoline sold for resale.It seems the unusual but altogether explainable first-quarter bump in gasoline prices caught the attention of the chronically suspicious, including Connecticut Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal. He nosed around in the wholesale market and learned how refiners accommodate logistical necessity, then trotted up Capitol Hill to declare it all a scandal.The threat that Congress might respond to misplaced alarm over zone pricing should be easy to deflect. But this is an election year, when politicians are prone to mischief. What is wo...

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