According to Bloomberg, fuel prices in parts of the US could be set to plunge even further than they already have, hitting numbers that haven't been seen since the global economy began it's slow trudge out of the Great Recession, back in 2009. That could mean gas going for $2 a gallon. In fact, some fueling stations in the south and Midwest are already shilling dino juice for just $2.20 a gallon.
"We could see the cheapest one percent of stations get within a few pennies of $1.99 over the next two weeks," Patrick DeHaan, an analyst at GasBuddy, told Bloomberg. "We'll see at least one station in the nation at $2 by Christmas. And that's not really a prediction at all. That's more like a certainty."
Why the big plunge? Well, the usual suspects – winter fuel and falling demand – are being accompanied by OPEC's curious decision to maintain its production pace of 30 million barrels per day.
"Given that OPEC has decided not to cut production and, for all intents and purposes, are entering into a market share war with the rest of the world, $2 a gallon could be in the cards," Andy Lipow, the president of Lipow Oil Associates, told Bloomberg.
Provided OPEC continues fighting for market share and ignoring the laws of supply and demand, things should continue being easy going for American consumers at the pump.