Why have gas prices risen so dramatically over the past couple of years?

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Why have gas prices risen so dramatically over the past couple of years?

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A Recent History of Gas Price Increases and Their Causes Gas prices are impacted by a number of factors, each individually placing its own pressure on our overall energy system. Some affect the price of crude oil and others affect the cost of producing and marketing gasoline, but combined, these factors greatly impact the fluctuation of gas prices that we experience on a daily basis. Changes in crude oil prices – Crude oil prices are determined by worldwide supply and demand, with significant influence by the Oil Producing and Exporting Countries (OPEC) as they determine how much oil to produce and sell to other countries. The more crude oil OPEC chooses to produce and release, the lower the price. Additionally, because oil is traded in a world market, events in remote areas affect the price of crude oil for almost everyone. In recent years, worldwide events that have impacted gas prices include: Decisions by the OPEC cartel to raise production quotas slowly and reluctantly after havin

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