According to this article, any excuse is a good excuse to keep inflating the price of oil. The story goes:
Oil traders are braced for big price rises when the markets reopen in London and New York this morning in the aftermath of the deadly attack by armed militants at Khobar, the Saudi oil producing region.
Sounds to me like assholes have us over a barrel.
Look at it like this: even if we're not paying what we did back in the '70s ("adjusted for inflation") for a gallon of gas, it's still a fucking outrage to see that price go up more than 30 cents in just the past two weeks. I don't have to drive very far to be where I want or need to go, but fuckin' A! Somebody's making some major bank ---and I'm getting tired of trying to "understand" the reasons why.