Sorry I misunderstood your post.<quoted text>
The price of oil represents about 2% of the oil sold on the spot market. All of the rest is sold in long term contracts between the producers and the refiners. In the case of the OPEC countries, they can raise or lower their price at will. The cost of gasoline does not always reflect the price of oil. Sometimes, as in the refinery explosion example, the scarcity of gasoline on the market causes the price to rise.
So, if refiners balk at high oil prices and a natural disaster hits (BP) and they lower their output, gas skyrockets. The price of gas always rises in the summer time. That is when the demand is greatest and the supply the leanest.
Oil companies are in business for a profit. Not to provide jobs, not to pay taxes, not to provide employees with benefits, not to ensure there is gas in your tank, not to fight social causes.
I must have drank the Obama koolaide for a second there.
Sorry about that.