Everyone is complaining about high gas prices, but what is the real cause of the rise? I am not 100% sure but I can name several factors that I believe are related to it.
-Endless money printing by the FED is bound to devalue the dollar, and elevate real assets (gas) against it. This is probably the number 1 cause.
-Talk of war with Iran, civil war in Lybia, and unrest in other areas is probably affecting production, thus reducing supply.
-Speculators affected the price of gas the last time it shot up, and I would not be too surprised if they are also playing a role this time around.
-Peak Oil may be involved. With less oil available prices go up.