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Blogger Conference Call - Gas Prices

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted March 17, 2011

API recently hosted a conference call for bloggers about gas prices. John Felmy, API's chief economist, took questions from the bloggers and discussed the many factors that can influence gasoline prices.

Topics discussed included the relationship between crude oil prices and retail gas prices, the ethanol blend and its effects on gas prices, and the impact oil prices could have on the trade deficit. In addition to these topics, John discussed the supply and demand for oil, and addressed both the turmoil in the Middle East and statements that President Obama made during his press conference about energy policy.

In regards to the impact that oil prices could have on the trade deficit, John explained that, "...We have the power to reduce that [the trade deficit]. We can do it by improving our fuel economies, by improving our efficiencies, but also [by] producing more oil here."

The bloggers on the call included:

For more information about gas prices, I encourage you to listen to the audio recording of the call using the player and follow along with the full transcript below.


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.