Without getting too political (difficult/impossible, because the issue seems to be a political football), isn't it possibly just a problem with the Administration not wanting to alienate one of their largest 2008 voter bases? Some have written that they are trying to stick to an agenda that is trying to steer you all to rely less on cars and gasoline/oil, by allowing it to become so expensive as to price it out of the equation for many people and pushing them towards greener alternatives in the middle of a recession? I guess I'm thinking that blaming big oil may be kind of silly when you think about it, considering the prices have only really risen since Mr. Obama took over. They were more reasonable under all his predecessors, except possibly Jimmy Carter.
No offense intended, just some opinions and conclusions I've drawn over the last 4 years.
btw, I paid $0.99 litre in Michigan yesterday. Happy days are here again.