Shutdown Drives Down Oil Prices

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 22: Gas pumps are seen at a Chevron gas station on July 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California. According to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline rose to $3.67 as prices have surged 12 cents in the past week due in part to the unrest in Egypt and production disruptions at US refineries. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) (National Journal)

On speculation that partisan infighting would spark a government shutdown Tuesday, the price of Brent crude fell to less than $108 a barrel, Reuters reports.

Analysts attribute the decline in prices to industry concerns that a shutdown would depress consumer demand.

Oil prices are not in free fall, however. "The U.S. government shutdown has affected all markets, including crude, but it's a slow burner in terms of overall impact," Simon Wardell of IHS told Reuters.

The best way to stop the price drop? End the shutdown.