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Saw this on thr BBC news site this lunch time:
My favourite paragraph:
Americans are not aware of what the rest of the world pays for gas. We are a very big, inward-looking domestic market. We don't watch soccer, we don't watch French movies and we don't really care what the Europeans pay for their gas.
"It's a very big country and the entire infrastructure is predicated on scandalously cheap energy. Everything we do is big - business, agriculture, entertainment.
Says it all really - 4% of the global population generating 25% of the pollution - how do you stand a chance of changing the habits of a nation like the USA?
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A lot of Americans can't see past their own borders. How many Americans own a passport and have been abroad? Not to be controversial, but it was 9-11 that opened the eyes of the American public to terrorism. Terrorism that places like the UK had suffered for years from the hands of people like the IRA (Sinn fein was mainly funded from the USA aswell!).
Until the USA is directly affected by matters like this, they wont see it. I know recycling is now growing in the USA but until they start to pay high prices for petrol/ 'gas' (our average in the UK for today is £1:37 a litre/ $2:26 for unleaded) they wont really care and would we if the shoe was on the other foot?
Totally right Andy - oil is never going to get any cheaper in the long term. Because of the cheap petrol, they run big cars with fuel efficiencies that would make us in the UK bankrupt in a month!
With such a huge variety of landscapes in the States, I suppose its little wonder many don't have passports - fair play to them. They can jump in their V8 SUV and drive there!!!!!
Most things are bigger in the USA, however, the US Gallon (3.785L) is smaller than UK Imperial Gallon (4.546L).
Having lived in the States until very recently I can understand the UK's attitudes to the way Americans use (& abuse) gas. But, most cars over there are now getting more economical, although there's a long way to go to achieve European style gas economics. But having said that, our Toyota Camry 2.8L got around 30-38 miles to the US gallon on a good run, but did drop to 28 MPG(US) on town or local runs.
The problem is most of the US populous appears to be rural or semi-rural based. Where I lived in Virginia any city of over 40,000 (which were both almost 40 miles away) were 150 miles to the north, 105 miles to the east, 180 miles to the south & to the west 200 miles. The railroad around where I used to live is often sparse or primarily designed for goods movement (coal, aggregates, etc) which are slow moving, very long, & the railroad (which has probably not been updated for decades) itself often had to negotiate & circumnavigate heavy mountainous regions.
As I said most of the area was rural & mountainous requiring 4x4 SUVs & pick-up trucks especially to get through the often heavy winter weather.
So, in many ways I can see both sides to the story.
That comparison was based upon US gallons. Our prices are currently about £1.40/litre, which is £6.39 per UK gallon or £5.30 per US gallon, compared with £2.40 per US gallon in the good ole US of A
Of course we can't blame them for keeping their prices down, after all if we were big oil producers that is exactly what we would expect our government to do. Whether they would do it is a different matter!
I dont know what their government takes per litre, but UK takes about 80p a litre in duty and VAT.
We pay $137.00 per litre for regular grade gas right now. Not much different than your price, and Alberta is a huge producer of oil and gas. We don't get any breaks.
Quote: We pay $137.00 per litre for regular grade gas right now. Not much different than your price, and Alberta is a huge producer of oil and gas. We don't get any breaks.
Denny, I'm afraid our £1.34 per litre for petrol is actually $2.10 Canadian dollars, so quite a difference.
Quote: We pay $137.00 per litre for regular grade gas right now. Not much different than your price
A little problem with the decimal point there Denny I think!
No Rog, that's what we pay. Seriously, thanks. Did I ever tell you what an E2 membership costs in Canada; $70,000.00.
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