B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 17 hours ago) and read 5750 times:
The two biggest problems are lack of refining capacity and the necessity for the refineries we do have to produce multiple formulas of gasoline since the requirements vary state to state and even city to city.
Maybe if we could get the environmental whackos to STFU and allow the building of new refineries, expansion of existing ones, and drilling in ANWR, we could bring down the price of gas.
One of the more interesting points is that we complain so much about the cost of gasoline, even though we always know how much it costs. You know the price per gallon of gas, but how much is a gallon of milk this week at your grocery store??? I bet you the gas is still cheaper.
The beauty of the free market is that we do have choice. You can drive less, you can carpool, you can take advantage of public transit where it exists, you can buy a more fuel efficient vehicle.
And in the grand scheme of things gasoline, when kept in constant dollars adjusted for inflation, still remains pretty damn cheap in the US.
Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8912 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 5732 times:
"Maybe if we could get the environmental whackos to STFU and allow the building of new refineries, expansion of existing ones, and drilling in ANWR, we could bring down the price of gas."
Maybe if you could get the macho "dork"heads to buy soemthing else than SUVs and heavy trucks for daily commuting and stimulate the manufacturing of efficient engines, expansion of public transport, and improving the overall use of petroluem products in the United States, you could bring down the price of gas.
It's not about "environmental whackos" (read conservationists), it's about a free market: You folks want your Excursions and Hummers to get to work, you end up needing much more gas, so you end up paying the price for a vastly increased demand opposed to a decreasing or steady supply. It's the economy, stupid!
On a side note, gas prices in the US are still heaven for any European.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
Sebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3708 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 5710 times:
Oh dear Americans, the gas is high ?
Don't you think if the demand was lower the prices would be lower too ? And why is the demand so high ?
I'll tell you: because so many very smart Americans decided to drive SUVs and other horrible and inefficient vehicles.
I'm actually very happy that these guys have to pay now, and I hope the prices will continue to climb to reach the same level as in Europe. Then we'll see if it was so smart to buy a ridiculous big block for small dicked guys.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 16 hours ago) and read 5681 times:
Gas is in the $2.00 range in the Chicago area, altough there are a couple of stations that are selling it at $1.66 in the suburb I live in. Granted the place was packed last night when I went to fuel up my car. It wasn't fun having to circle three times in a car running on fumes.
Thanks for the kind sentiments. However if only "small dick guys" buy big trucks, wouldn't France be littered with them?
Wn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 11 months 15 hours ago) and read 5635 times:
I'm actually very happy that these guys have to pay now, and I hope the prices will continue to climb to reach the same level as in Europe.
For the record, I do not drive an SUV or other type of fuel inefficient vehicle. So I should pay for those who do? What an f'in communist logic. Now I remember why I moved away from you our god-forsakened piss-hole continent. Get it through your thick heads. My money is not yours!
We'll remember your sentiments the next time you get taken over by the fascisti, pal.
Aerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4690 posts, RR: 45
Reply 21, posted (10 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 5623 times:
Yes, as an American I have been 'conditioned' to our relatively low price of gasoline as compared to the rest of the world .
But what chaps my A$$ is the percentage increase that has been 'passed along' to me, the consumer.... from $1.49 in January '04 to $2.19 (today, unleaded), that's a 47% increase in price! Yikes!! I'm interested to know what percentage increases in gas prices have been experienced by other countries as compared to us here in USA.
Edited to note that the price of unleaded petrol in Corona, Ca. went from $2.05/gal on 5/2/04 to $2.19/gal on 5/03/04. Only because the price of crude oil hit an alltime high of $38/barrel. Just got news today that it jumped to $38.75/barrel!! Price of gas should jump to $2.29 by the time I get home tonight!!!!!! This is so f**ked.
Danny From Poland, joined Apr 2002, 3524 posts, RR: 3
Reply 23, posted (10 years 11 months 14 hours ago) and read 5612 times:
Gas prices in Europe are higher not only due to taxes but also because of better quality. In the US the cheapest is usually 87 octans (but I saw 85 as well) and the best 93-94. In Europe its usually 95 for the worst and 99 for the best.