When are you people going to learn?
Why are the oil companies always the target of irrational "protests"?
How come nobody complains that Continental charges $2000 for a last minute ticket to EWR, yet a few weeks earlier, the same flight cost $349?
Everyone wants a Laissez-Faire approach to business except when it comes to the oil companies. For some reason, everyone wants them to be ran as though they were under Stalin's USSR. Everything else is free market.
Why don't people complain about the price of a bottle of 16 OZ Snapple, which sells for $1.29 or $10.32 a gallon?
What about Evian water, which for a 9 ounce bottle costs about $1.49, or $21.19 a gallon?
What about your cup of Starbucks coffee? What is that? About $4 for an 8 ounce cup? That's $32 a gallon!
How about White Out?
A stinking .06 ounce vial costs $1.99.
That mushrooms to a whopping $424.53 per gallon.
Look folks you want to know why gas companies charge the prices they do?
BECAUSE THEY CAN!!!!!!!!!!!
You can come up with any kind of protest you want, but the reality is that as long as you drive, we'll get it all.
You can't expect to have cheap gas AND gas guzzling vehicles AND clean air AND a pristine Arctic Refuge AND no foreign oil AND no new refineries in your backyard.
Grow up people and face reality.
You want to make a difference?
Change your priorities. Develop alternative technologies that the mass market will accept.
Or else shut the hell up.
When compared to just about any other fluid product, gasoline is still one of the cheapest commodities out there.