posted on Jan, 23 2007 @ 01:03 AM
Since we are a Capitalistic economy, The Publicly held Oil companies have to show nice profits for their shareholders, then you have speculators who
control the price of oil on the Commodities exchanges, then you have the refiners, then you have the delivery agents, and finally the retailers (Gas
stations) and each one throws on a little extra for themselves.
In countries like Iran, Iraq, Venezuela, the oil companies are state run for the citizens and they are in effect the shareholders of the corporation
and the extremely cheap prices are their dividends so to speak which they get in lieu of payment for their share of the profits.