AAA hints at 'gouging'

Unsound interpretation makes a mess out of numbers. The American Automobile Association comprehensively reports gasoline prices in the US. But its interpretive skill doesn't measure up to the richness of the data it provides. Its interpretation, in fact, is messy.The oil industry has reason to regret this deficiency. Because AAA has become an authority on gasoline prices, general news organizations naturally ask the group for explanations when prices rise. Here's a sample of what they get:"This looks uncomfortably close to price gouging."A Feb. 11 Reuters report attributed that observation to a spokesman of AAA. "The fundamentals," the spokesman went on, "do not justify US drivers...

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