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Khan Academy: Primer on Gasoline Prices

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Pretty straightforward, right (also see the primer on how gasoline prices are determined on the “flip”)? Yep, despite the fact that Republican’ts are demagoguing this issue, despite absolutely no evidence to support their assertions, it basically is (and no, spare me the conspiracy theories about the oil companies colluding or the evil “speculators” doing whatever they supposedly are doing). So, can somebody please explain to me exactly what the president’s supposed to do about any of this in the short run, given that about his only lever is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is ONLY supposed to be used in the even of a severe oil supply disruption (which we do NOT have now)? Uhhhhhhhhh.