First off it is to be expected that gas/petrol prices will raise year on year it has done for the past decade and will continue to do so. Was it really such a big surprise to find out that 2012 was the most expensive year for petrol in the USA? Secondly, this highly USA-centric story doesn't compare to the UK, Europe and other regions of the planet. All stories like this do is make some people want to slap Americans for whining about the cost of petrol when in Europe we are more often than not paying double for petrol as referenced in this map. How this made it to the front page I don't know, it's common sense and does not require a notice to the people who actually drive cars as well as being incredibly whiny to the rest of the world.
Well said! In my area of Scotland petrol (gas) averages the equivalent of USD 8.10 per US gallon for unleaded or USD 8.75 for less refined Diesel - and we are supposed to be an oil producing nation. Unfortunately, in the 1970s our wonderful government in London sold off the rights to extract the oil to mostly American oil companies who now sell it back to us at a premium while our government then then taxes it punitively on top.