Velshi: Gas and Oil Price Relationship Hard to Understand
For a business reporter, you would think CNN‚Äôs Ali Velshi would have a grasp of market trends ‚Äď especially with oil and gasoline prices.
However, on ‚ÄúAmerican Morning,‚ÄĚ a show that claims to have the ‚Äúmost news in the morning every weekday,‚ÄĚ Velshi plead ignorance when it came to the relationship between oil prices and pump prices.
‚ÄúA lot of folks are saying, ‚ÄėWhy have my gas prices come down 17 or 18 cents in the last couple of weeks when oil prices are going up?‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Velshi on the August 1 ‚ÄúAmerican Morning.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWell, I hope we‚Äôve all figured out there‚Äôs no way, there‚Äôs no mathematician in the world who can figure out the relationship between gas and oil prices, but you can expect with oil up at 78 bucks a barrel, gas prices will soon follow and that takes things‚ÄĒthat takes money out of the pockets of consumers who keep this economy going,‚ÄĚ he continued.
But, some experts would disagree with Velshi‚Äôs prognostication ‚Äď at least in the short term. The July 31 USA Today reported gasoline prices were expected to go even lower as more refineries come back online, despite the rise in oil prices.
USA Today‚Äôs Barbara Hagenbaugh wrote, ‚ÄúNow, with those same refineries coming back into full swing, supplies are anticipated to be healthy, leading to lower prices at the pump.‚ÄĚ
But Velshi‚Äôs statement that the economics of oil and gasoline prices are difficult to ‚Äúfigure out‚ÄĚ doesn‚Äôt line up with his previous reports. In the past, Velshi recognized that refineries are a variable in the gasoline price equation. ‚ÄúWe got to use less gasoline or build more refineries,‚ÄĚ he said on the April 11 ‚ÄúAmerican Morning.‚ÄĚ