Why Isn’t the Price I Pay For Gas Falling Very Much?

If crude oil prices have dropped almost 25% per barrel since June, why haven’t gas prices at the pump decreased a similar amount?  At the end of June a barrel of crude oil on the NYMEX exchange was selling for over $103.  This morning (Oct. 16th) the price was below $80 a barrel.  At the end of June the average gas station in the USA was selling a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline for $3.70.  The government shows today that the average price is $3.21, a drop of only 13%.  Why has the price at the pump fallen by roughly half as much as crude oil prices? Continue reading