There are those conspiracy theorists out there who think gas prices are tied into the presidential election. But the truth is politicians and the government for the most part has very little control over gas prices.
The price we pay at the pump is tied to the crude oil market, a global system largely beyond the reach of Washington.
The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is one tool the president has at his disposal. But analysts say the reserve should only be used in case of an actual shortage of oil, not to lower prices.
Fox 13's Alcides Segui explains more in the video.
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