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Obama Orders Atty. Gen. Holder to Investigate Oil Price Speculation

Pres. Obama at state of the union/white house photo

By Jon Perkins
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Tuesday at a press conference that Attorney General Eric Holder will reconstitute the Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group to probe the rising prices at the gas pumps around the nation.

The move comes amid a consensus that speculation is what has driven the cost of a gallon of gasoline  up 42 cents from the beginning of January to the end of February when the average retail price per gallon of gasoline jumped  from $3.30 to $3.72.

Obama did not detail when the group will report its findings or just what the panel would do. The group was created in 2011 to root out speculators who buy and sell oil futures based on the predicted price of oil. The task force, which has met bout a half dozen times,  has been helping the Federal Trade Commission investigate  gas prices since June 2011.

Oil speculation is generally legal unless the investor has relied on insider information.

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