May 19, 2011 @ 10:52 pm
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Good news for all of the commuters out there! Gas prices have fallen ever so slightly and the scientists in charge of tracking this data are predicting as much as a 50 cent per gallon drop. But the good news is temporary.

Phil Embry, a gas tax consultant with the Georgia Oilmen’s Association, believes the fluctuations are in part an effort to acclimate drivers to higher prices to come.

“It’s kind of like training the market to get used to $4-a-gallon,” he said.

Adds Jessica Brady, spokeswoman for the AAA Auto Club South: “We’re probably not going to see the $2 mark for quite awhile, if we ever see it again.”

If all the up-and-down seems confusing, that’s because it is. Your pump price is an ever-shifting reflection of world demand, geopolitical events, weather and other factors — what Rozell calls “voodoo petronomics.” [Source]

Here’s hoping for a gas price miracle over the next few years!

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