The next time you fuel up your car or truck you may be heartened to know that the rising prices we’re all paying for gasoline have caught the attention of the folks in the White House. You may think the concerns expressed by administrations officials yesterday nearly 8 months in to the Joe Biden presidency may be a little late in coming, but we were assured that every possible step will be taken to convince OPEC oil producing countries to increase the amount of oil they put on to the world market. There weren’t any specifics about what those steps might be and there is skepticism as to the likelihood of a successful outcome. The average price for a gallon of gasoline around the country is pegged this week at $3.18. That’s a full dollar more than we were paying just a year ago. We’re told there are a number of causes for the higher prices at the pump and one of them is a reduced supply of oil on the international market. Those Americans who have the most difficulty dealing with the higher costs of living we’re seeing today are those least able to afford higher gasoline prices, but we’re all feeling their impacts every time we fill up. That’s the way I see it.