Oil and pricing
Maybe someone with a better understanding of oil pricing can help me out with this.
For starters, I have never really worried too much about what the gas prices are. I fill my car up every 7-10 days, so the difference of a few dollars doesn't really matter too much.
What irks me is how much gas prices fluctuate from station to station around town. Exxon, Sam's, and Albertson's were all below $2.00 for regular unleaded last time I checked. But other gas stations like Allsup's, Texaco, and Fina were all above $2.10 within a couple of square miles.
Why can't the government come up with some way to regulate gas prices? Why can't they be consistent across the country every day instead of $2.00 in some states and $2.50 in others? The other day I was talking to my great grandmother who lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and she was complaining about how regular unleaded gas was still above $2.50. She got mad at ME because I paid $2.18 for premium on base the other day. I realize gas will cost more in places like Hawaii because of import costs, etc; but what is preventing the government from just making a flat price range from day to day?