geez cactus, you just don't get it do'yah. demand remains constant, all one has to do is cut the supply, price goes up and up. there is nothing illegal about this. but it is the direct result of deregulation and corporate mergers which have eliminated all competition. FYI, nuclear plants are refueled on about a 14 month rotation. that refueling always occurs in either the spring or fall when demand for electricity is low. what the gas and oil industry are doing is simply restricting the supply of refined products thereby driving the price up and up.