Gasoline price spikes spark US political firestorm

This is the first of two articles focusing on the controversy surrounding gasoline price spikes in the US. This week's article updates that controversy and features the latest studies and congressional testimony. Next week, Petroleum Industry Research Foundation Inc. offers an in-depth analysis of the causes of this dilemma and how they point to more trouble ahead.The sharp rise in US gasoline prices this year has ignited a political firestorm during a presidential election year.While the petroleum industry attempts to offer explanations for the gasoline price increase-notably an especially steep spike in gasoline prices in the upper Midwest-the administration of Pres. Bill Clinton ha...

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