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Gas Prices Linked To Cost Of Food, Shipping

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 03/ 3/2012 9:05 am Updated: 03/ 5/2012 9:20 am

When oil prices rise, we all start paying attention to prices at the pump. But gas prices are just the beginning.

Perhaps you noticed the "fuel surcharge" added to the last package you shipped. Plane tickets have also already seen a hike, as airlines brace for higher fuel costs.

Here are 10 things that may get more expensive as oil prices rise:

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About 40 percent of an oil barrel yields gasoline; the rest generates a variety of other petroleum-based products, according to the Department of Energy. Anything made out of plastic is derived from petrochemicals--chemical products made from petroleum--and therefore, its production depends on the price of that barrel.
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