Our intrusive federal government has regulated the gas can. In its unbounded wisdom it decided that American citizens to unable to use a vented gas can. Thus we cannot have a gas can that works.
This article explains this and includes the following quote “[The EPA] is always looking for new and innovative ways to spread as much human misery as possible.”
Because a vent is necessary to evenly and reliably pour gas from a can, old, but now-outlawed, vented cans are selling for 2-5x their original cost on Ebay. Or as the article points out, one can just by a 5-gallon, vented, water can, wink-wink.
UPDATE: Here’s another solution