The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Gas Prices Soar—Yet Again

Mar 5, 2007

The price of a gallon of regular gas jumped 30 cents on average across the country in just a month. In Detroit, the average price went from $1.90 on January 21 to $2.50 on March 3–a 32% increase!

The “relief” people felt when the price went down was obviously not a permanent state of affairs.

This time around, there has been little or no information about the price increases. The news media has barely mentioned it. And the oil companies have not even bothered to give their usual excuses–no hurricanes, no broken pipelines, no new war in the Middle East.

Maybe the oil companies are just having a harder time convincing people they were somehow forced to raise their prices, especially since they made record profits yet again last year–72 billion dollars just for the three biggest companies.

So higher gas prices mean everything costs more. It costs more to get to work or to take the kids to school. Stores charge more for groceries and other products when their transportation costs go up.

So long as the oil companies can get away with it, the thieves will take everything they can put their hands on.