WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin has asked President Obama to get involved in the current shortage of propane fuel.
Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, asked the president in a letter to order the industry to moderate exports so American consumers can have the fuel they need.
Experts blame the propane shortage on a cold winter, a recent pipeline shutdown, and higher than normal use by farmers last fall in drying their crops. Baldwin told the president that some people are paying up $6 a gallon for fuel that cost four times as little during its peak a year ago.
Some suppliers say they only have enough fuel to sell to their own customers without taking on new ones -- and that's leaving some in the lurch.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)