Despite my lack of faith in the "peak oil" theory, it's quite possible that oil and gas prices will continue the rest of the year. Perhaps they'll peak (as it were) on January 20, 2009. The reason I see higher oil prices in our future is because of the interview I heard last night on the Terry Gross "Fresh Air" show on US National Public Radio: Seymour Hersch, usually a very reliable source, talked about the Cheney-initiated and --led (and Congressionally-approved) covert US operations in Iran, clearly aimed at provoking a response by their government. The special forces are going, with CIA help, to provoke discontent among the ethnic minorities. It may not lead to an actual war (which I see as more likely after the November election) but it will definitely raise oil prices.
I wonder if members of the Cheney gang are buying oil long, hoping to profit from their policies? I wonder if their general attitude that high oil prices are okay (if not excellent) is one small piece of their bellicosity concerning Middle East issues?
(In the recent B movie "Get Smart," by the way, it should be noted that the spies
(CONTROL) report to the Vice President, not to the Prez.)