Fuel cost As the country gets bigger and more people make their residency here the demand for fuel increases, thus, causing higher prices for fuel. Gas prices have been increasing at alarming rates over the last five years. As long as our fossil fuel supplies continue to vanish, the price for gas will climb. Fossil fuel supplies are decreasing everyday. The United States is responsible for nearly one third of the world’s fossil fuel consumption every year. Millions of gallons of gasoline are burned every day. In today’s society combustion engines are relied on for the majority of our transportation needs. Some people might blame the Gulf War for a loss of fuel supplies. The truth is that we just use too much of natures precious resources. There are several reasons for the increased gas prices. One reason is the cut back on the refining of crude oil. The major oil companies regulate the output of oil to drive the price either up or down. Another reason the gas prices have stayed so high is the fact that times are good, and people have the extra money to burn. Further more, it doesn’t help that the federal EPA took back the regulations on big city gas, which now allows big cities to purchase the same gas as small cities. When thought about cars really haven’t been around for that long and scientist are already talking about fossil fuel depleting very rapidly. Folks need to learn how to be conservative and use only what they need and recycle what they don’t use. Instead of driving everywhere, try to use other means of transportation when possible. Just remember the more fuels that are used, the less there are and the less there are the more that they cost. Gas prices are going to continue to rise unless the people and the government do something about the problem. The government needs to reinstate the gas regulations, because an illegal cash pay off is not an acceptable reason for destroying our ecosystem. The American people need to stop paying at the pump and boycott the oil companies. As long as our supplies of fossil fuels continues to deplete prices will go up. People can do many things that will help to keep the supplies from decreasing so fast. But as long as things continue to go the way that they are it is sad to say that it is looking pretty smoggy in the future.