$75/barrel oil plus 40 cents in taxes and 50 cents in refining costs adds up to about $2.60 before other costs and profits can be calculated. $10/barrel oil of about a decade ago (~45 gallons of gas/diesel per barrel after refining) costs about $1.10 before the same.
Gouging? No, just supply and demand. If you're tired of paying this, as I am, I'd suggest you might do well to look closely at one of these. Some nice side effects include increased strength, weight loss and being generally more pleasing to one's wife.
Turning Of The Tide - 41 Uboats sunk in 3 weeks. Roots of Cold War NATO naval policy.
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