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State reps talk propane shortage

February 11, 2014

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) has experienced a more than 1,000 percent increase in gas and heating assistance requests this year due to the on-going propane......

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Feb-11-14 2:06 PM

How abouisstead of giving lip service to the people about heating their homes, you elected folks find out who is ripping everyone off?

It is far too obvious that the massive increase in propane costs is about someone making a fortune selling that fuel at inflated prices. There is no way it costs more for propane just because it is cold outside. Price gouging is here again, and no one elected to political office is willing to bite the hand that stuffs their pockets full of cash.

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Feb-11-14 9:23 PM

Slort, that would be the question. Why wasn't there one bit of explanation written in this article about what caused this "shortage"? Was it exporting too much? Or was it because propane pipelines were converted to oil? Is it gouging? I say all the above and more. I should hope the people will question their representatives and demand answers. No answer, no vote. Simple as that.

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Feb-12-14 11:18 AM

Both of you should at least read something about the propane shortage before commenting.

The shortage is across the entire Midwest. Just a quick search on nationwide propane shortage led me to numerous articles. Major crop farmers have been using massive amounts to dry wet crops this season, a huge pipeline that many suppliers depend on was shut down for repair, imports from Canada were slowed due to railway issues, etc. Not to mention everyone has been using more propane this season because of the weather. We just can't get it fast enough. That's why they are lifting time of service restrictions. Listen more talk less.

It has nothing to do with any problems caused by our representatives or State government. You can't make something get instantly transported across the country and into everyone's homes.

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Feb-12-14 7:19 PM


business, republicans, the rich and their corporations

would NEVER, EVER,


of such a scheme to reduce supply at the expense of increasing prices?


evidently you don’t know not-thinkg about ken lay, (not that you might mistakenly confuse for brother Frito)

wendy lee gramm, (phil’s wife) and

the name Enron!

Better that you should read!

Understand, that what’s good for business, the rich and their corporations,

doesn’t necessarily carry down to the rest of us who aren’t in the top 1%.

Aspire if you will, to defend what the monopolists and media would lead you to believe

what is,


is not.

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Feb-12-14 7:22 PM


Would that any



cartel or monopoly,

ever act in concert,

but not act in collusion,

to conspire to even

think about “shutting-down”

. . . ostensibly for repair or maintenance ...

during the time consumers need propane the most?

Heavens NO,

they’re just ensuring that proper “maintenance” occurs when propane is most needed...

but rather, to insure higher delivery of propane this summer,

when the hordes of tourist season hits, and

all those campers fill their 40# propane tanks!

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