I have not heard about “price gouging” by gasoline vendors in Sandra’s wake.
Is it because rather than raising gasoline prices, vendors are letting fuel sell out? They could be nice guys or maybe they are avoiding law suits, accusation, and prosecution.
Letting gasoline supply run out this way is not likely to assure fair or frugal allocation or reliable re-supply. Giving first dibs to first-responders does not settle the issue, either.
My idea is to cap the first-gallon price in a crisis. One gallon would be enough to drive out of town, to reach the next fuel supply, to power a generator for a day, to trade for a few meals.
Require each vendor to sell their first gallon at a pre-crisis rates. After this gallon let the market determine the price.
I thoughtof this at least as far back as Katrina. Can I get a patent?