Thumbing their nose at the laws of economics and free markets oil speculators continue to violate the laws of supply and demand. They use every trick they can find whether it be associated with logic or not (most often not) to drive up the price, gouging us all and the poor in particular. We have never had so many petroleum products in stock and they are rising daily. Gas should be about a buck a gal right now. Who's pocketing the difference? False markets led to the current recession and continued false markets thwart its recovery.