You are correct about the control of oil prices but the people who own us have influences. For example, we won't push to end your loopholes if you don't get lost in the pricing moment. Gas prices can be affected by refinery output for example.
$40-billion is just chump change to Dear Leaders and won't have an immediate inflationary impact (I think, not know). Long term, well, so far it seems that you can flood the world wit dollars and then purportedly you don't get an inflationary result. Why is that? Maybe because the overall negatives of the economy keep prices moderated. From the first money printing approach started by Bush and embraced by Obusha, trillions have been created and the dollar should be worthless. But the money goes inevitably to very few people and lurks in private accounts. If that money ever got out to the gen-pop, a cup of coffee would be $5.00.
I don't think it's just the China-robot problem. America manufactures big ticket items like planes and cars and these are perfect candidates for automated procedures.