Yeah…about that t-shirt. Blaming OPEC for the high gasoline prices kind of misplaces, or at least greatly oversimplifies, the problem. Right now, the U.S. doesn’t even import most of its oil from OPEC countries.
OK, that chart is a little old but the percentages haven’t changed that much.
Additionally, OPEC members aren’t really restricting the flow of oil. In fact, many, including myself, think they can’t increase production much if any at all (see Peak Oil). And what excess production capacity OPEC nations do have is often tied up in political and military turmoil (see Iraq and Nigeria).
The problem is really more of a supply and demand thing with speculators making things even worse. You can throw in oil company profits and our own massive consumption as adding to the problem as well. So where can I get an “Up Yours, SUV Driver” (or pick-up truck driver like me) t-shirt? But, hey, if you can blame foreigners for your problems, I’m sure it’ll at least make you feel better.