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Pat Sullivan | published: April 5, 2011

In this March 30, 2011 file photo, a Houston gas station displays its prices with a refinery stack in the background. Quick: What do these things have in common? Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. The Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Wall Street volatility. A cranky, even angry American populace. Answer: They all have something to do with gasoline. No matter what happens in the world today, just about everything seems to point back to fuel and the tricky politics that emerge when prices spike.



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