The following is from a good friend of mine who is a staff writer for one of the largest newspapers in the US. (NOT a liberal or conservative newspaper)
The observation made seems reasonable to me.
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2008 11:09 AM
Subject: re "president" item
The other night I watched some very smug OPEC types being asked if they would increase oil production. When they answered in the affirmative, the reporter next asked if they would bring down the prices and they laughted as if to say surely you jest.
I think they are doing this to ensure a certain person will be in the white house next year and after he's been elected they will lower the cost and all will go back to normal with "their man" leading the USA.