I wanted some additional information on what I have already ... is there more reasoning to why the prices are rising? Could the hurricane Katrina have resulted in this?
How can the economic reasoning be explained more. .. I have the added information that was provided but I need additional economic reasoning.
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First, in general, the price of a commodity, such as gasoline, reflects producers' costs and consumers' willingness to pay. Gasoline prices rise if it costs more to produce and supply gasoline, or if people wish to buy more gasoline at the current price - that is, when demand is greater than supply. Gasoline prices fall if it costs less to ...
Economic Reasons for Gasoline Price Fluctuation