Crude oil is now trading at $40 per barrel, but weren’t we told that the unrelenting greed of speculators and Big Oil were to blame for higher oil prices? What happened to the Congressional show trials of Big Oil executives by Big Government inquisitors and the calls for more regulation of speculators and windfall profit taxes on oil companies? How can prices go down and why don’t speculators just make prices go up again? What was the result of the various “investigations” undertaken by government committees? What happened? If speculators have "caused" prices to go down, should Congress give them an award?