Who do you think controls and influences the government, it's not their professional thoughts, feelings, trends or laws in what they want to do is right, it's lobbyists and how much money goes into their pockets from the lobbyists that influences them?The feds have little impact on fuel prices beyond the federal fuel tax, which hasn't changed since '97(?). Fuel prices go up when supply is low and demand is high. Currently, supply is low (cold weather shutting down refineries, cartels keeping production low) while demand is high as we climb out of covid and start traveling more. If someone is telling you "it's the government", they're trying to play you for a fool.
If they want to "regulate" something, then the both of them raise prices on the specific product to achieve the market/consumers from purchasing it because it would cost too much money to be worth purchasing it and they have put the new product into production. Therefore the product can be elimanted.
Just like to "Texas freeze" fuel prices have already been increased and will continue to rise because the refineries had to shut down. I'm sure that you are right and the petroleum companies will reduce the prices once they begin refining oil/fuel again to reduce their profits.