This week’s questions:
How can oil go up in cost by a factor of five and the cost of gasoline go up by a factor of two? We can only get so much gasoline out of a barrel of oil and our refining efficiency has not improved significantly. The math just does not make sense.
This week’s questions were answered by Brian Murphy, John Wilen, Debbie Newby, Mike Glover and Ralph Russo of the AP. Questions can be submitted to email@example.com for your bar trivia entertainment and edification.
Official press release after the jump.
AP Press Release
Jan. 18, 2008
The Associated Press launches a Q&A initiative, called ‘Ask AP’
NEW YORK — The Associated Press today launched a new Q&A initiative, called “Ask AP,” where journalists from the world’s largest newsgathering organization will answer written questions from the public about the news. Topics covered in the first column range from college football eligibility to the mechanics of the U.S. presidential primary season.
Readers are invited to send questions to the e-mail address newsquestions(at)ap.org, with “Ask AP” in the subject line. The answers will appear in periodic installments of the new Q&A column, both online and in newspapers. Each column will end with a call for additional questions AP journalists should pursue.
For the first column, the AP received questions from around the United States on a wide variety of topics. Eric Carvin, a supervisor in the news department who is overseeing the initiative along with Deputy Managing Editor Tom Kent, assigned reporters and editors to answer questions that fell within their areas of expertise. The column was made available today, for use by AP members both online and in print.
“No matter how thorough a news story might be, there will always be readers who want to know more,” said Carvin. “With ‘Ask AP,’ they’ll be able to ask those follow-up questions — and get answers from AP journalists who cover the very topics that inspired their curiosity.”
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