With Shell/BP, Texaco, Exxon/Mobile all announcing the highest profits on record nearly doubling previous records it makes you wonder how much of the recent fuel "crisis" was the result of oil companies rather then OPEC members. And who is suffering at the costs of their profits? Of course we all added to these profits at the pump. But also in ticket fares and airline cuts in other services. It seems with recent financial earnings by the majors all of whom saw incredible increases on oil expenses that something should be done to control the oil industry. I think that the airlines need to stop taking a back seat when it comes to oil pricing (considering it takes close to 54,000 gallons to refuel a 744) think of the improvements to in flight services, route expansion, equipment upgrades, etc.. that were sacrificed to help Shell's bottom line.
food for thought.