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Why can gas go up $.11 within 1 1/2 hours and no one, seemingly, in our government cares to do anything about it?

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Because our government has nothing to do with the price of gas.

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Who does?
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Stock market is a big part of it. If something happens like a hurricane people panic about the price of oil going up and start buying stock in the companies.
Speculators pretty much make their living betting on what will go up/down.
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I'm sorry. I still don't understand. Just like yesterday, gas was $3.03. I went to the Dr.'s office (nothing had happened that I knew of) and I went back by the same gas station & gas was $3.14. I was like, what the heck? And then in a few days, it'll go down again, back up, down...when do I fill up? I mean is there some kind of trick to know when to do what?
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No big trick, just keep an eye on things. The news had it a couple of days ago that prices were rising. It can be Iraq or the fiscal cliff or a storm like sandy. Stock market is a big coward!
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What would you suggest they do about it?

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How 'bout a little help? Maybe you don't need it, but I sure do. I walk in the doctor's office @ 1 p.m. and @ 2:30, I come by the same gas station & it's 11 cents higher? I think somebody up higher could do something. They seem to be able to help themselves.
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Because they are one of many that benefit from the increase...

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Supply, demand, and speculators

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Isn't gas/oil a private sector industry? Isn't the government supposed to not interfere in it?

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Maybe you're right. But if it goes up because of say, a hurricane, then wouldn't the government have no control of the prices of gas going up then either? Does that make any sense, what I'm asking?
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It makes sense to me but I think not to the gas/oil industry.
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