|Gas prices are artificial and not based on normal supply/demand law
Actually part of the gas prices being so high (I forgot I got these emails) are due to a lot of things happening in Nigeria.
This is one example:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18564428/
In addition because of the U.S. economy outsourcing their industries (i.e. technical support, customer support, etc) more people have jobs that they have to drive to. So this rise in cost is partly due to higher need of oil.
I won't argue though that some execs decided that they needed an extra bonus this year though