The Anti-Ignorance is a way of helping you to pretend to be liberal-smart, conservative-smart, or funny-smart. If you're talking to your rich girlfriend's father who you once heard say "the Enron execs got framed", then you should probably go for conservative-smart. If you're talking to your Econ professor who has a "There's a village in Texas missing it's idiot" bumper sticker on his Prius, go for liberal-smart. As for funny-smart, you can figure that one out on your own.
The Republicans caused this problem by allowing the oil and gas company lobbyists to control Bush's energy bill. The Democrats have tried to pass laws concerning price-gouging but the Republicans shot it down, because they don't want to piss off their oil company supporters and donators. The fact that two Republicans, the House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader, wrote a letter to Bush asking for an investigation into price-gouging is simply rhetoric to garner support in the coming elections.
A recent study by the American Council for Capital Formation found that price-gouging legislation will simply cause gas shortages and unnecessary difficulties for gas station owners. Federal control over gas prices will end up causing foreign suppliers to seek other markets, thus hurting the American consumer and business owner. The real answer is legislation that will naturally lower gas prices, and the Democrats have voted against every Republican-led effort to pass such legislation for the past ten years.
"Screw it, let's just be like the Chinese and ride fucking bikes everywhere."
"The Republicans want Bush to investigate the possibility of price-gouging, but obviously the results of investigation will be kept top-secret forever."
"Why do the Democrats care about gas prices? Don't they all drive cooking-oil powered Volkswagen buses?"