"The sharp rise in oil prices is a major concern for economists. In a recent survey by CNNMoney, economists identified the oil spike as the biggest headwind facing the nation's economic recovery. And some fear that unlike previous scares, higher prices could hit consumers. "The big difference today relative to the 2008 commodity rise is that underlying demand is significantly more robust. This means that price gains are more likely to stick," said a note from Joseph LaVorgna, chief U.S. economist for Deutsche Bank." Read more. "Rising Wholesale Prices Ring Inflation Alarm Bells" Chris Isidore CNNMoney, March 16, 2011. Image by luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.