cause of higher prices at the pump! So said a lady interviewed on TV the other night. She said they should lower their prices! Well for that simpleton lady and the rest of you that don't comprehend what makes up the cost of a gallon of gas here is a graphic that might help! Almost 2/3 or 65% is the cost of the crude oil. To you simpletons.. tell me how the "oil companies" can lower what their suppliers charge? The next highest is 15% for the cost of refining. Now for all you so concerned about the environment.. YOU can be thanked for this higher cost. The actual number of blends is somewhere above 45, though hard to pin down exactly, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). It might even be closer to 70. Thirty-four states use specially blended gasoline, usually during the summer, which is one reason gasoline prices always rise during the “driving season.” So 80% of the cost is due to crude and refining. Then we have TAXES!!! 12% are in taxes! That leaves 8% that is actually the "big Oil" companies that you and other simpletons blame for high prices! Of that 8% half or more goes for trucks,people,computers, facilities,etc. In fact according to one of those slimy evil BIG OIL companies Exxon.. “For every gallon of gasoline, diesel or finished products we manufactured and sold in the United States in the last three months of 2010, we earned a little more than 2 cents per gallon. That’s not a typo. Two cents.” folks on a $3.44/gallon at the pump price that works out to 1/2 of one percent (0.5%) profit per gallon. Gasoline Taxes Vs. Exxon Profit, Per Gallon http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/gasdiesel/ So those of you that want to "BLAME BIG OIL" that worn out idiotic cliche... FACTS show you are IDIOTS!!! Oh and let me save you IDiOTS that can't REFUTE the facts but like little grade schoolers that resort to name calling... A) I am NOT a Paid shill for the oil industry! B) I AM though obviously more interested in the truth then evidently MOST of you are that call me names for presenting FACTS!