Fellow Americans, keep some perspective. We're beginning to sound like a bunch of spoiled brats.
The U.S. and Canada have some of the cheapest-priced gas in most of the western world. Hong Kong gasoline sells for $5.34; in London, England, $4.55; and in Paris, France, $4.41. Be thankful we're not even close to those numbers yet.
There are many reasons for the hike in price, but mostly it's because of demand. We are flying less and driving more while at the same time, we are drilling and refining oil less, therefore we have less gas. We are, on the average, also paying around 50 cents per gallon on state and federal taxes.
Shortages and rising prices are our fault, not anyone else's.