Gas prices up, but not as much as oil prices

By Megan McArdle

The Economist had a chart a few days ago showing that oil prices have roughly doubled since early 2005, when I was writing stories about the scary possibility of $60 a barrel oil.

But here's another interesting chart from the Energy Information Administration:

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The doubling of oil prices has increased the retail price of gasoline by less than 50% since early 2005. This helps explain why demand diminution has so far been less than economists were expecting.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2007/09/gas-prices-up-but-not-as-much-as-oil-prices/2016/