The most prominent scapegoats for gas prices are oil executives and speculators. Why? What makes them the equilibrium whipping boys?
Why does the Iraq War seem to receive no prominent blame in the media for the rising oil prices? Unlike executives and speculators, there is a lot of truth to it here. Diminished production, increased consumption, and more tension in the middle east certainly must be applying upward pressure on oil prices. Why don't Democrats feel the political opportunity here to blame oil prices on a war championed by Republicans? Why not use it to garner more support to withdraw from Iraq?