Corruption Accounts For As Much As 14 Dollars Out Of Every Tank Of GasQuicklink submitted by Amanda Lang Permalink
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|You pay a hidden premium every time they fill up your gas tank. The prices are high at the gas station, but part of the price you pay is directly caused by commodity speculators. And you can thank lobbyists for why the government has been unable to do anything to solve the problem. Over the years, Wall Street speculators have taken advantage of significant loopholes in commodity trading law -- loopholes often written by industry lobbyists -- to buy up oil delivery contracts and boost the price of oil. While excessive speculation results in lots of money for investors, it also means that Americans are forced to pay more at the pump. How much money? Bart Chilton, a commissioner with the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, explained to ABC News how oil reckless oil speculation is rapidly raising the price at the pump for all drivers: By Chilton's calculation, if you drive...|
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