This is a picture of John D. Rockefeller, taken in 1910. JD is the man on the right, and the younger man by his side is his son. Rockefeller founded Standard Oil, and at the time this picture was taken, he was probably the richest man in the world. It was on this day in 1911 that the Supreme Court decided Standard Oil was a monopoly and ordered that it be broken up.
I am probably the only person that thinks this way, but I don't think it is the oil companies' fault that gas is so high these days. I think it is our own fault gas it too high. I think to get cheaper prices we have to do three things:
1) Use Less - Which we are not. We are still driving SUVs, we don't carpool, we don't use mass transportation, and we don't reduce non-essential travel.
2) Find More- Which we are not, (Anwar, etc.)
3) Develop Alternatives- Which we are not doing. No one wants wind turbines off the coast in their area. No one wants new nuclear plants.
So, I am afraid that high prices are here to stay, and I don't think we have the stomach to do what needs to be done to fix the problem.