At lunch today I waited in line with about 70 other people for gas at Costco, at $2.99 the cheapest in the area by about 15-40 cents a gallon.
I don't want to complain too much about this, because I have been reading about the horrific humanitarian crisis occurring in New Orleans, and $3 gas is not a physical hardship in comparison. Unless you have to choose between filling your tank and getting lunch. Or school supplies. There are probably a lot of people who are having to make that trade-off now, or more difficult ones. Our homes did not just get washed away though, so our collective burden is a lot less right now.
That said, does it seem as though that the producers and the retailers are taking advantage of the war and this natural disaster? I will be genuinely surprised if the shareholders reports next year do not reflect new record profits for the oil companies, despite alleged fuel shortages we are undergoing currently.