preparations are being made for a possible war with oil-rich Iraq,
a fight over fuel is brewing in Ohio, and truckers are being sought
for help, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
organization of fuel stations and convenience stores are campaigning
against nontraditional fuel retailers claiming they sell fuel below
cost to bring in customers.
Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association is
placing stickers on pumps throughout the state that read, “When
gasoline is a loss leader, you lose.”
a nonrenewable resource such as gasoline below cost or offering
discounts with store cards can lead to waste and over-reliance on
foreign oil, the group said. That damages U.S. energy security,
especially if America goes to war, the stickers say.
association is considering pushing state lawmakers to make it illegal
to sell fuel below cost, the newspaper reported.
retailers, including Wal-Mart, are fighting back. They are forming
the Coalition for Lower Gas Prices to oppose the bill and to refute
the suggestion they are unpatriotic. The retailers say that they
are offering fuel at competitive prices as a customer convenience,
and that the petroleum marketers association is trying to protect
its members from competition and guarantee them more profit at consumers’
association said its proposed law would not dictate a certain profit
margin but would force all retailers to sell fuel for at least cost.
Coalition for Lower Gas Prices also plans to contact state lawmakers
and enlist truckers and other groups in the fight.