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Gas prices spark protest and response

February 22, 2000
By: Tammara Porter
State Capital Bureau

Angry truckers in the nation's capital blocked traffic in protest of rising diesel prices Tuesday. Even though Washington D.C. is almost one thousand miles away, one Missouri legislator says he thinks truckers here are probably just as angry. Tammara Porter has more from Jefferson City.

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Representative Don Koller, who chairs the Transportation Committee, says independent Missouri truckers have told him they are already taking action.

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Contents: KOLLER SAYS THEY'VE DECIDED TO NOT DRIVE INTO MARYLAND BECAUSE GAS HAS RISEN TO ALMOST TWO DOLLARS PER GALLON

Koller says the state can't do anything to stop a similar boycott from happening here in Missouri. He says foreign sources control crude oil prices and there's nothing Missouri legislators can do to lower prices at the pump. From the capital, I'm Tammara Porter.


A Missouri transportation leader voices support for the concerns of truckers who protested oil prices in the nation's capital. Tammara Porter has more on that story from Jefferson City.

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Representative Don Koller, chair of the Transportation Committee, says government doesn't decide the cost of crude oil.

Foreign interests do.

He says it's time we try something new because OPEC is deciding how much we pay for gas.

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Contents: KOLLER SAYS OPEC HAS A MONOPOLY AND UNTIL THE UNITED STATES TAPS INTO ITS OWN OIL SOURCES OR ALTERNATIVE METHODS WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE THESE PROBLEMS

Koller says that means Americans will always be at the mercy of OPEC.

The Energy Department says the average price for gas has risen almost forty cents since OPEC cut production last year.

From the state capital, I'm Tammara Porter.