Because as usual with the green communists in charge and their insane energy policies, gas prices are going up. I found some old receipts and was doing the math, and 37 days ago I filled up at $3.48 a gallon. Yesterday I paid $3.93 for each gallon. That’s a 45 cent jump in just 37 days, and there is no economic boon anywhere to justify increased demand for oil. So, WTF is going on? From the article:
The price spike is due largely to the rising cost of crude oil and the earlier-than-usual shutdown of many U.S. refineries. The refineries shut down to do maintenance and switch over to a summer blend of gas, but the closings create temporary shortages that drive up prices.
I bolded what is really the most important component responsible for both the lower production numbers and the real reason prices are going up. Crude prizes have gone up, but from here we see the following:
•EIA expects that the Brent crude oil spot price, which averaged $112 per barrel in 2012 and rose to $119 per barrel in early February 2013, will average $109 per barrel in 2013 and $101 per barrel in 2014. The projected discount of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil to Brent, which averaged $18 per barrel in 2012, averages $9 per barrel in 2014 as planned new pipeline capacity lowers the cost of moving midcontinent crude oil to the Gulf Coast refining centers.
Prices went up $5 per barrel since last year in February. In fact, crude prices have not gone up considerably because the US is now pumping lots of oil, but one of the problems we still have is that moving that oil around to get it sold is still being hindered by the stupid greens. Get used to paying more for gas. A lot more. That’s their energy policy in a nut shell. And they don’t have to hide their plans anymore for at least another year or two, since they got the gullible to vote for them.