Suddenly, even for people who don't follow oil futures and Saudi production estimates, the lid seems to have blown off energy prices.
For the first time, oil prices barreled past the $135 dollar mark, double those of a year ago and still soaring. Some now predict $200 dollars a barrel. Many Americans remember when it was twenty.
Gas prices keep pumping higher and higher, heading over the four-dollar-a-gallon mark. Some are talking six dollars a gallon.
Congress wants to know why and hauled oil executives in yesterday to explain but didn't get much.
Meanwhile, American families want to know how they're going to deal with the surge while their budgets are reeling.
Listen to an On Point discussion about the oil and gas prices surge and where the story keeps going.
Are you already feeling the pinch? What cutbacks have you made and will make down the road if prices keep going up? Who do you blame? Congress? Oil companies? All of us who haven't reduced our dependence?