ACC 202-02 Managerial Accounting
Professor Jackie Lewis
North Carolina Wesleyan University
High Fuel Prices and its Effect on the U.S. Economy
The United States economy as a whole has been rapidly dwindling down of late, from its all time high marks in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Many Americans believe that the cause for this large downswing in the economy is due to the fact of the cost that the United States is putting into the War in Iraq. The war has caused some economic inflation over the past couple of years however; there are other factors that tie into the economic problem of America. One key factor that many people are surely aware of is the high and outrageous gas and fuel prices across the country. Though many Americans are aware of the extremely high gas prices, they don’t fully understand how fuel prices have a monopoly effect on the country and how the U.S. economy is greatly affected because of this. (How Gas Prices Affect Our Economy) Over the past few years gas and fuel prices always seem to be in the news. At first, prices seemed to be high one week and low the next. Now, it just seems that the prices are extremely high and won’t go down. Many times you hear big time politicians say the reasoning for these high prices is due to shortages of oil. This is not the case, for there is no shortage at all. Gasoline reserves on hand are at the highest levels they have been since the early 1990s and the oil deposits under ground aren’t running out either. (There Is No Gas Shortage – BusinessWeek ) So why are politicians saying there is a shortage of there really isn’t? The answer to high prices is simple the supply and demand by other countries. The increasing demand for oil in the large populated countries of India and China has put a major cause to the rise of prices in America. The increase of technology and the rise of...