[ 2005-08-25 10:27 ]
In an effort to gain some control over what motorists pay at the pump,
Hawaii on Wednesday became the first state in the U.S. to set caps on the wholesale price of gasoline.
2004 law authorizing the caps was intended to force Hawaii's two refiners,
Chevron Corp. and Tesoro Corp., to set their wholesale prices closer to
mainland rates. Proponents of the law said the refiners were taking
advantage of the small, isolated market to charge exorbitant prices.
此处的Cap可不是"帽子"的意思，而是put a limit on (the amount of money that can be
charged or spent in connection with a particular activity) 表示"限制"。如：We're
trying to cap costs by keeping salary increases
low.（我们通过保持工资的低增长来限制成本。）再如：Central government has imposed a cap (=
limit) on local tax