The demand isn't really more or less than what it's been in the past ten years. And ten years ago gas cost around $1.20 per gallon. Fiat currency is a major cause. I don't think you understand how big of an impact that has on the price of not just gas but all goods especially considering the amount of money that was printed and then pumped into our country via the bankster bailout. Fiat currency is paper currency backed by nothing btw and when more of it is created it becomes less valuable and thus has less purchasing power. Now taxes also play a part because the taxes on gas have also increased over the past ten years whether directly on gas itself or on those who make profit on the gas. The third, peak oil, is just starting to come into effect. Peak oil I'm not going to get to far into but essentially what you have is a product that is a finite resource meaning you cannot simply grow or make more oil once it is gone. It's a process that occurs naturally over thousands of years. Peak oil specically is the point in which oil production reaches is maximum extraction rate and then begins to decline. As a world we are coming to that point in which oil is reaching it's maximum extraction rate. This has been talked about since oil became such a major commodity. If you sit and just think about the amount of oil that used everyday to power peoples cars, to make millions plastic based products that come wrapped in plastic, to heat homes, to cook food, to ship the plastic products around not just our country but around the world.
Now I'm not going to get into it much more than because honestly this should be common sense by now but it obviously isn't. I can send you my economics paper if you'd like which talks specifically about the issue of gas prices. It's not naive at all, those are the major causes. It's naive to sit and think,"oh man, people just want more gas"(demand).