It can be hard to keep track of gas prices. They seem to go up and down on a weekly, daily, and sometimes even hourly basis. And when they get especially high, people start pointing fingers: “It’s that darn hurricane!” “It’s OPEC!” “It’s [insert least favorite politician here]!”
We all have a favorite scapegoat for the pain at the pump, but most of us aren’t really sure why gas is sold for a certain price. What if we told you that you have control over gas prices??
It’s true that there’s rarely a single factor to blame for high gas prices. They’re calculated from a complicated balance of several things: taxes, distribution and marketing, refining costs, and the market price of crude oil. These things fluctuate—especially market price.
But the prices aren’t totally out of our control. In fact, decisions made by Congress can affect gas prices—and the right decision could affect prices enough to put $5.8 billion back into the pockets of American drivers.
Find out more about what goes into the price of gasoline—and how you can help lower it—in the first and only report that clearly lays out: How Exporting U.S. Crude Can Mean Cheaper Gas for Americans.