What's Driving Oil Prices? By ANTHONY BRINO • April 6, 2011 Tweet Share Google+ Email We've all noticed gasoline getting more expensive, largely due to the turmoil in Libya and the earthquake in Japan. With summer on its way, analysts are expecting prices to climb Anastasia V. Shcherbakova, Assistant Professor of Energy Economics, Risk, and Policy. U.S. Energy Information Administration: What we pay for a gallon of gas. U.S. Energy Information Administration: Short-term Energy Outlook.