Friday, October 10, 2008

Who is Manipulating Oil and Gas Prices Now?

It seems like only yesterday that Congress and all manner of people who are ignorant of basic economics were bashing oil and gas companies for their supposed efforts to manipulate prices and keep them high. Now, with the global economy on the skids, crude prices are plummeting right along with the stock market and are likely to keep dropping.

So, the question must be asked: where are the speculators and manipulators? If Exxon has an iron lock grip on the prices it charges for its product, why aren't they keeping them high or at least stabilizing them? The simple fact in is that they don't control prices; they are "price takers."

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