I have to agree. I said it long before we ever had to ponder this that they can charge $50 for a gallon of gas and we will pay it; gas has what economists call "inelastic demand." We simply have to buy it, and NOTHING will lower the price of it, if they don't want to lower it.
Our current patterns prove this. We are still buying as much gas as we were before we went into Iraq and these prices started their climb.