The Prognosis for Pain at the Pump

The bad news: Oil prices won't fall anytime soon. The good news: Eventually market forces will kick in

Oil prices continue to climb. On Aug. 11, the price broke the $65-per-barrel barrier. At the pump, the average American is shelling out about $2.40 per gallon. And there's no relief in sight. Why not? Here are some answers from BusinessWeek Senior Writer John Carey, who covers energy policy from Washington:

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