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Why are we paying so much for gasoline If you havent noticed you must not drive but there has been a drastic increase in gas prices in the past year and a half It seemed like just the other day when I was at the gas station and I said Can I get 20 dollars on pump 3 please and that would guarantee a full tank of gas But those were the good old days when gasoline was a low low low price of 99 cents per gallon 20 dollars has my gauge reaching for the halfway mark on the gas meter Nowadays it takes double that money to get a full tank Anyone who drives a SUV has it the worst of all drivers SUVs have some the largest tanks and get the worst mileage The last time I went to the pump it cost me 40 dollars to fill up my tank That breaks down to almost 2 a gallon Thats me dedicating a whole days worth of work toward filling up my gas tank Who is to blame for all thisThe major culprits behind all these rising prices are the Big Oil companies They decided not to produce their standard gasoline inventories due to the high costs of crude oil before Memorial Day of 2000 The cost of crude oil is 34 per barrel Which leaves the Midwest fuel market highly vulnerable to supply disruption especially since supply in the Midwest is depends mostly on pipelines In turn three major Big Oil pipeline disruptions wreak havoc on the market because of the lack of gasoline inventories With the lack of supply brought on by decisions by the Big Oil companies gas prices skyrocket in the Midwest Now the Big Oil companies gather record profit margins as a result of their own supply mismanagement The Big Oil companies blame ethanol a fuel made from corn to reduce emissions from the cars to cover
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