See the key is the dramatic price swings...
See, most people generally accept inflation as a fact of life. However, it doesn't really phase people because its a gradual rise in price, usually accomanied or at least somewhat offset by a cost of living increase / raise, built into most pay structures, either through collective bargaining or corporate policy.
The problem with gasoline, and energy prices in general is their volatility, not their average cost. People have become used to the lower end of the spectrum, and exibit outrage at the higher end of the spectrum.
When the price of gas rises 50 cents / gal in 3 months - people flip. Especially those who consume large amounts of it. The airlines, and over the road trucking industries are really taking a beating again. About a year ago they would stage "protests" by driving across interstates in all lanes at well below the speed limit to express the outrage at the price. Guess its the american way... People think they can solve all their problems by complaining.
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