By on May 4, 2018

global fuel prices 2018

You’ve no doubt noticed that gas prices have been creeping up while 2018 progresses. But North America still has it pretty good, especially the United States. Despite fuel prices creeping up to almost $3.00 per gallon, the U.S. still enjoys cheaper gasoline than most of the Western world. Even Canada, which is currently coasting around $4.45 per gallon, manages to undercut the nightmare that is Europe by a wide margin.

North America as a whole spends more on gas per person then practically everywhere else on the globe, though. An affinity for larger vehicles, combined with more time spent behind the wheel, translates into burning more fuel overall. I suppose one could make the argument that we need cheaper petroleum since we use so much of it — just be ready to have someone call you selfish.

For example, the United Kingdom has prices set around $6.59 for a gallon of that good stuff but the average citizen only uses 69.67 gallons a year. However, the average American turns 429 gallons of gasoline into forward motion. 

Bloomberg recently ran a study in which it compared average fuel prices between 61 countries, looking specifically at the per-gallon prices, how that price compares to wages in each country, and how much of it each citizen is burning in a standard year.

The results are fascinating, at least until you start looking at Iran and realize the country sells fuel for less than a dollar per gallon. Then you’re forced to take a momentary break to come to grips with your anger.

Gas prices were sourced by GlobalPetrolPrices.com to determine fuel pricing, which is useful but imperfect since gas isn’t the same around the world. The outlet also said it used U.N. data for motor gasoline by road in 2015 to determine average fuel consumption per annum. Again, imperfect for a 2018 analysis, but it’s probably still the most comprehensive collection of prices and what they mean in a broader context that we’ve come across. Check it out for yourself if you want to see where individual nations stack up.

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57 Comments on “Global Gas Prices: Where Do We Fit?...”


  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Gas prices always go up in the runup to Memorial Day. Refiners switch from winter blend to summer blend gasoline, and take refineries offline to perform maintenance and repairs, reducing refining capacity, hence supplies, pushing prices up. I expect they’ll go back down after Memorial Day, but to where? OPEC cut supplies at the start of the year, so it may not return to last year’s prices, unless US production increases.

    I remember when Venezuela used to have the cheapest gas prices (17 cents a gallon, when the US was over a dollar). My how times have changed.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Gas prices would be lower if (1) there hadn’t been refinery consolidation (larger refiners bought out smaller ones and closed them down – limiting competition) and (2) US oil producers still were not able to export to other markets (previously got around the ban on oil exports by exporting refined fuels).

      • 0 avatar
        Lorenzo

        There was a ban on export of crude oil, but refiners have been happily exporting refined products like gasoline all along.

        The US just exported 7.3 million BPD of crude in April, and that stuff is ideal for gasoline refining. That will reduce the market for gasoline exports, putting downward pressure on prices as the domestic supply increases.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    “For example, the United Kingdom has prices set around $6.59 for a gallon of that good stuff but the average citizen only uses 69.67 gallons a year. However, the average American turns 429 gallons of gasoline into forward motion.”

    The UK is a much smaller country, small enough that a train ride is no big deal.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      And they probably have great public transportation system

      • 0 avatar
        piro

        I’ve moved out of the country now (the UK), but I barely bothered with public transport. Screw that, better to have your own car.
        Now I’ve moved to a country that has an eye-watering tax on cars, I take the bus… hahaha, no, 180% tax be damned, I drive a new car.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          180%??

          Can you get a link showing that.

          Denmark is one the highest taxing in the EU and 150% is what they pay.

          The UK is one of the lowest car taxing countries in the EU.

    • 0 avatar
      MrIcky

      Even with public transportation, London is still considered one of the most congested cities in the world (#7 per the magic of google). They are specifically trying to tax people onto public transportation.

      Whether it’s for better or worse, we set up this country to be on the suburbs model of housing with a culture that values land ownership as a core American Value. Because of the way suburbs have developed, in much of the nation the homeowners with less money or larger families live the furthest away (at least in the west).

      Taxing gas ends up disproportionately effecting people with less. We don’t compare well against European Countries because of the way this country grew up over a relatively short period of time. We definitely need to find some revenue streams for infrastructure- but gas tax may be the worst way to do it.

      • 0 avatar
        Arthur Dailey

        Agree. One aspect that we dance around on TTAC is that in the major cities of Canada and perhaps also in the USA, the downtown core is now largely populated by young professionals or older couples with considerable money/disposable income. Many of whom don’t own vehicles or own only one per family. Public transit is generally much more reliable, faster and easier to get to in the downtown.

        Meanwhile the ‘working poor’are now living in the suburbs and either having to spend extensive time/money commuting due to poor public transit or having to spend excessive time riding buses.

        In rural areas, many of which are also low income areas, there is no public transit so they are dependent on private vehicles.

        And those with lower incomes generally drive older, less fuel efficient vehicles.

        Therefore gas taxes and increased fuel costs impact those with less money and less ability to reduce their fuel costs.

        Therefore a move to the older European practice of imposing surcharges based on engine size and horsepower might be the best option?

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          Arthur Dailey,
          I see it this way, for every upside there are downsides.

          Home ownership gives an individual ways to increase wealth, which is good or better than not doing so.

          The problem is people, many people go out and buy a non investment like a car, pumping fuel in it so they can drive to work to pay down your investment, increasing wealth.

          I think most should look at vehicles as if they were buying for a business and one of your staff is using the vehicle.

          What would you buy?

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        MrIcky,
        It was actually Great Brittan, back in the 19th Century that started with urban sprawl, not the US.

        Back when Brittania ruled the waves and the US was a “second rate” country the UK started developing a comprehensive urban rail network.

        This was the beginning of urban sprawl. Cars added to that in the 20th Century, particulary after WWII.

        • 0 avatar
          MrIcky

          Dear Big Al from Oz: I won’t get into a history debate, so just a couple quick notes and I’m off this topic:

          Whereever theres a city, theres going to be urban sprawl. That’s the nature of cities. I don’t care if the UK “started it”.

          Urban sprawl looks much different in the US than it does in the UK just because of the amount of land here, relatively low population density, and the history of how America filled the land with people (homestead act, etc- relatively egalitarian land ownership history). Also the cultural roots of land ownership is VERY ingrained in American culture (part of why people colonized in the first place- a chance to own land that they’d never get in the UK).

          • 0 avatar
            DenverMike

            Once they let the Genie out of the bottle… First it was the dang Highway Act of the 1920’s (Route 66 is one) then the incipid Interstate Act of the mid 1950’s and then it was all over..

            Urban sprawl everywhere! It’s one of the great things about America. But the transportation infrastructure framework was mostly about “national security”, mobilizing troops, deploying the National Guard fast and whatnot.

            But combined with cheap gas, what’s an American to do? Live where they have to work? Yikes! That crime ridden, cockroach infected, human storage facility is no place to raise a family.

            You can still Homestead in a way. You can get a bare acre of land/dirt about an hour from Los Angeles (inland) for around $2,995. Clean air, wide open spaces, stars at night, coyotes howling, etc.

            There’s something similar around most big US cites, but mostly you can call it “Yourown”.

            If you can handle it of course, no Starbucks a block away either. You gotta have a good vehicle though, a pickup would be nice.

            Can you do that an hour outside of Paris or London? How easy? The point is the America we know was built around the promise of cheap fuel.

            Either way it’s too late to turn the US into a Europe style clusterfuk.

  • avatar
    incautious

    Having spent time in the UK some time ago I can say the the reason for less consumption of gasoline and diesel is that mass transit is much better there. Almost every one commuted by train to work at least in the area where I was(Chester). Also most families usually had just one vehicle. Look at California, it’s mass transit is sparse at best.

  • avatar
    Menar Fromarz

    Hmmmm, the gas rice at many stations in Vancouver ($160.9/l) makes it north of $6.00 per gal. And most folks seem to love their Bro-Dozers. So, the map should be the same color as the UK on the Red Coast of BC.

    • 0 avatar

      Off the scale here in Montreal, too. $1.45/l which is near an all-time record for us. It makes Ford’s no-car future look especially poorly-timed, but who’s to say how long this continues.

  • avatar
    S197GT

    not only is the mass transit better in europe… it is in some cases essentially free. spent 10 days touring italy in my 20s and used the municipal bus often, never bothered to pay the fare, not many people riding it did. that may have changed as it was over a decade ago.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      S197GT,
      I can tell you Paris it’s very easy to travel with the Metro and quite cheap. I go to Europe every year and spend a fair bit of time in Paris and I bought a “stif” tap and go pass. It costs around 68 Euros for a month out to Zone 5, which is around 100-120km from Chatelet. It covers, buses, trams, metro, RER and bateau.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    People in small dense countries with high gas taxes use less gas than people in countries which are large and less densely populated, with lower fuel taxes.

    Is this news?

    • 0 avatar

      I think this is too general of a take. The more interesting comparison would be suburban North American vs. suburban Europe. Public transit use vs. gas use. I think that would be more interesting and more effectively highlight the issues we have here in NA.

    • 0 avatar
      brn

      It’s not news. It’s headline bait.

      It takes very little research to do a comparison, without applying tax. No one does that. You’re paying for more than just gasoline. You’re also paying for government services through the tax. If you eliminate the government services fee, you’d find the US pays about the SAME for gas as Europe does.

      I’ve done the math several times myself. Sometimes it’s a little higher. Sometimes it’s a little lower.

  • avatar
    mikey

    Here in the G.T.A gas is sitting around $1.35 -$1.45 a litre for 87 octane ..If you include exchange, rough math gives me $4.15 -$4.25 USD to a US gallon.

    On Tuesday Costco had 91 Octane at $1.40. The price was on its way up on Wednesday. I waited in line and poured $51.00 in to my not empty EB Mustang (daily driver) . I’ve owned that car for three years. I can’t recall the last time it took $50 to fill. Thats life , I adjust my budget accordingly

    If I want to take the 05 GT out for a cruise, the money comes from my entertainment budget.

    I’m retired, and can minimize my driving. My heart goes out to the folks that don’t have that option. The money has to come from somewhere.

    • 0 avatar
      conundrum

      I paid C$1.378/l today in Halifax NS for 91 octane at Petrocan. US $4.07 per gallon for 91; 87 goes for US $3.79 a gallon. (3.785 litres to US gallon, 78 cent Cdn dollar)

      Due to the insane way we get gasoline supplied, mostly by tanker from Texas Gulf coast (some by Irving from New Brunswick), there is no biojuice corn syrup fermented extract in it except for Irving. Every other brand gets supplied from the still operating tank farm at the otherwise defunct Imperial refinery marine terminal. Yup, same gas for everyone barring company-secret hooch/extra additives added to road tanker loads (if it actually occurs)

      Summer of 2015, two sea tanker gasoline loads in a row were rejected for import by Industry Canada as unacceptable quality. Additives had to be sent from Texas. Pumps ran dry as the chickens ran around in a clucking circle. Shows how little reserve Imperial (Exxon,Esso, Standard Oil) are holding here.

      Yessir, we operate on a wing and a prayer down here. But cheaper, apparently. And when we say all gas is the same, we really mean it!

      Story here:
      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/nova-scotia-fuel-shortage-review-1.3356738

      • 0 avatar
        Lou_BC

        GasBuddy shows GVRD i.e. BC lower Mainland currently at 152.9 to 156.9/litre. My town is 129.9 – 133.9/litre. The “greens” want to kill KinderMorgan expansion. It makes zero sense since we are still highly dependent upon fuel.

  • avatar
    cicero1

    This is more a chart and analysis of how much taxes are paid/charged, not the price of gas, which, comes from crude oil, that is traded in dollars and sold at or near the same price. (there are sometimes several dollars difference between WTI and Brent, but that is not the majority of the cost of gas.) Also, there is refining regulations like the 27 different blends the SSC (socialist state of california) mandates.

    • 0 avatar
      volvo

      @ Cicero1

      You have cut to the chase. Oil/Gas price is pretty much level globally except for transportation and refining costs which, at large volumes, add minimally to wellhead prices.

      So what we are really looking at is taxes at the high end (say above $2.25 USD/gal) and government subsidised prices at the low end. Low end example would be Ecuador where diesel is about $1.10 USD/gallon currently.

      And as you say right now in California the price is hovering between $3.75-$4.50/gal for 87 octane. Higher than most of the rest of the country because of taxes at state and local levels and numerous microblends dictated at the local levels.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        Volvo,
        It isn’t. TAPIS out of Singapore is what our prices are based on and it’s consistently more than 10% dearer than Brent or WTI. Supply and demand. SE and South Asia is booming.

  • avatar
    LDeaton

    Would like to see the amount of tax per gallon per country. That may tell a better story. Also read a couple years ago that the real cost of getting oil out of the ground in Saudi Arabia has not increased since about 1950.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      LDeaton,
      The amount of tax you pay is not a better indicator as tax doesn’t take into account your earnings. Say, You earn $5ph and pay 10% on a gallon of gas, or you earn $10ph and pay 30% tax on gas. The person earning $10ph is better off. How much of your expenses is gasoline?

      You have a similar argument when attempting to base a country’s performance purely on GDP. A high GDP usally indicates a better standard of living. But, as GDP becomes within 10 or even 20% of each other using GDP as a gauge become less accurate.

      Say, comparing the US to Australia. The US has a slightly higher GDP, but GDP is production, (which includes all the money Wall St turns over) all government taxes and only tradables. What I’m stating is how much money filters down? Australia doesn’t have a Wall St and how billions are turned over in Wall St that the average American never sees?

      With the US’es GDP you also factor in $12 000 per year for health, the next most expensive country for health is Australia at around $7 000 per person. So the US has inflated it’s GDP already, not counting your higher insurance costs etc. So, you might pay less tax, but you get hit in other ways.

      The best way to determine the price of fuel is the use of median income, not average. I think you’ll find the US will drop a wrung or two. Fuel isn’t as affordable to as many in the US as in some other countries, even if it’s taxed higher.

      I believe using median income as the gauge for the affordability of fuel will provide the most accurate assessment.

      It’s about how much you earn versus outgoings.

  • avatar
    turbo_awd

    Not sure why we should feel anger at Iran for charging less than $1/gallon? I mean, they pump (and refine, I assume) the stuff right there.. Just glad we’re not at European levels yet..

    • 0 avatar
      redrum

      Yeah, caring (let alone being angry) about the price of gas in Iran makes about as much sense as caring about the cost of soda at someplace you don’t work (I heard it’s free at Microsoft….HULK SMASH!).

      I live on the west coast where everything (not just gas) is 15-20% more than the rest of the country anyway. Combine that with skyrocketing housing costs and gas prices are the least of my worries.

  • avatar
    Add Lightness

    Why has nobody mentioned that it costs less to feed the typical car in Europe than Canada?
    Most cars there use less than 5 or 6 L/100km.
    North America is more like 10 or 12.

  • avatar
    George B

    How do European countries prevent drivers from substituting fuel with lower taxes? For example, using heating oil or propane. The motor fuel taxes in the US aren’t high enough cause much fuel substitution, but that would change at European tax levels.

    • 0 avatar
      Big Al from Oz

      George B,
      Heating oil, is very NE America.

      Also, why would you? Fuel is cheap enough for them to exist.

      Economies set themselves up for energy pricing. If the US added a 50c a gallon fuel tax and used the money for paying down US debt the country would benefit. People would adjust their vehicle buying habits and the end result would be little change in lifestyle.

      Maybe, there would be enough money so all could have health cover in the US.

      At the end of the day, if the US is using more energy to do the same how is it cheaper and/or better for business in reality?

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @George B – Home heating oil or propane in Canada is pretty much confined to very remote communities. Even smaller towns in my part of British Columbia have natural gas piped to virtually every home.
      The USA obviously needs more infrastructure development and this is where government needs to get involved. Private enterprise sees no profit in infrastructure to less dense populations.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    1. “North America as a whole spends more on gas per person then practically everywhere else on the globe, though.”

    So, is this a brag? If it is how smart are you? Wouldn’t it be better to have money to spend on other activities than sitting in traffic jams?

    2. “manages to undercut the nightmare that is Europe by a wide margin.”

    Can you please explain why it’s a nightmare in the EU?

    To the author, This article is a bit of a spank and wank on your part.

    • 0 avatar
      road_pizza

      Ignorance is bliss and you’re in heaven. The vast majority of Americans do NOT sit around all day stuck in traffic, stop getting your info from American sit-coms. My commute is a whopping 5 miles each way on a mostly empty suburban parkway, VERY relaxing. So all that money I’m NOT giving to a greedy government in taxes goes right into my bank account. I know, what a concept! For the life of me I don’t understand you people that enjoy turning over a=the vast majority of you wages to a greedy and irresponsible government, wouldn’t you actually like to KEEP more of what you earn???

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        road_pizza,
        That is you for starters and from what you stated you are not an average or even median measure as compared to the real average.

        https://www.indexmundi.com/facts/united-states/quick-facts/all-states/average-commute-time#map

        • 0 avatar
          joeaverage

          A person makes their choices. My wife and I made choices so we could commute about 7 miles together. I really don’t care what gasoline costs within reason b/c we don’t use enough to worry about it.

          People we know want to make small talk about how they saved a nickel or how they drove a few extra miles to go over the state line to buy gas a few cents cheaper. Its a non-issue.

          If gasoline went back north of $4.50 and stayed there then we’d buy something more efficient the next time we needed a car. Probably an EV.

          • 0 avatar
            Big Al from Oz

            Joe,
            I think the US is no different than any region on the planet. You liver where you can best afford. Sometimes its far from you place of work.

            Some of us are fortunate enough to have the means to live close to work. I my case if I rent roughly 50% of my rent is paid for by the organisation I work for. Not many people have those kinds of opportunities.

            I read a great article on the breakdown of employment. It stated that you can never have more than 70% of all jobs middle class and above. That leaves nearly a third living near the threshold of poverty. That’s why I think the US needs to lift the minimum wage.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        I’d say it becomes obvious when you look at a global happiness index and where the US sits relative to other countries with higher levels of taxation (per the WHR 2018 ranking the US sits 18th on the list). Especially when they get more in return for the taxes they pay across a broader spectrum of income levels.

        The US is a fine place to live if you have access to decent wages but for most people in the US low levels of taxation don’t really work to thier advantage when you look at the crippling cost of healthcare, education, and adequate retirement planning.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Agree 5 minutes is below normal commute. I wouldn’t mind paying an extra 10 to 25 cents a gallon fuel tax if that tax is designated for road and bridge repair and replacement. There is a lot of talk about crumbling infrastructure but nothing is ever done about it. Start with the Brent Spence bridge over the Ohio River between Kentucky and Ohio there have been studies and talk about replacing a 54 year old bridge for the past 20 years with no action on a bridge that was designed for a third of the traffic and that is literally crumbling.

    My driving has gone done considerably since I work telework (work at home) 4 out of 5 days and I take the bus the day that I go into downtown Cincinnati.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    I meant 5 miles. I drive 6 miles round trip when I take the park and ride. Gas would have to be at least double and rationed before it would really effect the amount of driving that I do which is below normal.

  • avatar
    AoLetsGo

    429 gallons – what a puny plan. I easily triple that consumption and see that as a win win for me and USA Big Oil and Detroit.

  • avatar
    B_C_R

    Europeans typically pay less per gallon (or liter) of fuel than North Americans do, but it’s the taxes that makes the price per so much higher.

  • avatar
    Occam

    You know, I don’t really notice gas prices until someone posts an article or I talk to my Dad and he starts complaining and asks how much they are by me.

    They go up, they go down, I fill the tank either way. Over the past 10 years, I’ve paid anywhere between about $1.80 and $4.60. I’m not going to give much thought to it going from $2.30 to $3. Anyone who is that price sensitive has had since what, 2007 to see that prices can spike in a hurry – that’s plenty of time to pick a car that insulates you from such things. Caveat emptor.

    • 0 avatar
      SaulTigh

      This. I bought the Mrs. a crew cab F150 back in May of 2014 and regular here at the time was $3.05 a gallon. I briefly wondered if I was making a good decision and what it would be like if it went to $5. However, it started dropping after Memorial day that year and hasn’t been that high since.

      I’ve always believed in living close to work if you can, so that was a consideration when we bought our place and we were fortunate to make it happen. Also, in the past 4 years our income has doubled, so gas prices don’t have any impact anymore on our lives. Just fill er up and swipe the credit card.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Agree, anyone that concerned about gas prices has plenty of time and enough choice in vehicles to buy a more efficient vehicle. I usually buy a vehicle the is mid range in fuel efficiency and keep it for the long run. Not financially prudent to get rid of a vehicle because of the price of gas rising. Even after Ford discontinues most of their cars there are still a lot of choices in fuel efficient cars from the Japanese, South Koreans, and Chevrolets. There are many late model used fuel efficient vehicles that can be bought at very affordable prices. If you want a larger vehicle like a full size truck then just buy it and enjoy it without worrying about the price of fuel.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Jeff S, you’re right in your assessment.

      The majority of Americans don’t care about the price of gas because their lives pivot around the availability of gasoline and diesel for their transportation needs.

      Whenever the price of fuel rises, more extractors jump into the fray to bring more oil to market, in turn driving the price of oil down again.

      This cycle has been going on since drilling for oil began. It was only when the US gov’t started meddling in the supply/demand model that oil prices were kept artificially high.

      For the duration of the current administration I believe that we’ll see only minor fluctuations in fuel prices in MOST states, with the exception of CA, NY, NJ and other predominantly Blue states where excessive taxation is norm.

      Because of my car experiences during my youth, I subscribe to the motto of “There is no replacement for displacement” and try to buy vehicles with V8 power.

      I just love a great V8, like the Tundra/Sequoia 5.7L!

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    @highdesertcat–Agree. If you buy a vehicle just on the basis of fuel costs and you really don’t like it you are more inclined to trade it and then take a huge cost in depreciation that negates any savings that you obtain from fuel savings. If on the other hand you have an older vehicle that you have had for years and you want a smaller more efficient vehicle that is another thing entirely but having said that choose something that you like and want to keep. Also if you plan on giving your older vehicle to a family member as I know you have done then that is different as well. You might have planned to buy a vehicle for a family member or know that they need one. My wife and I have gone to smaller vehicles because we wanted something easier to drive, easier to park, and with more fuel efficiency but fuel efficiency was not the only and not the major reason for getting a smaller vehicle. By smaller I do not mean a Ford Fiesta or Chevy Sonic but a Honda CRV with all wheel drive, heated leather seats, moon roof, and GPS. There are many of retirees that want smaller crossovers with the luxuries and that is one reason why cars are not selling as well–easier ingress and egress, more utility, and sitting a little higher.

    I plan on giving my nephew my 99 S-10 which I have had for almost 20 years. My nephew is retired from the Coast Guard and his kids are grown. He has a 2014 Ram diesel which he uses on the farm but he wants the S-10 as a toy. He likes it the way it is and likes the 5 speed manual. I will keep my crew cab Isuzu and CRV and plan on retiring in a few years and moving to a warmer climate (been getting rid of stuff and downsizing).

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      “moving to a warmer climate”

      Great! Check out the Great Desert Southwest and places like West Texas (El Paso), Las Cruces, NM, any place in Southern AZ like Benson, Willcox, Yuma, Tucson and maybe even Tempe/Phoenix.

      If a more prestigious area is to your liking there are Las Vegas, NV, Henderson, Boulder, Reno, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville NV, all with no or very low taxes.

      Lots of people moving from the East Coast High Tax states to these areas to enjoy the excellent warm weather and very low cost of living.

      Stay away from Southern CA. Many of those Californians are voting with their feet in droves and moving inland, away from CA, mostly to CO, AZ and TX, to enjoy a better quality of life with low or no taxes.

      And your cars will last forever out here — no rust!

  • avatar

    Well over $7 per gallon here in the Netherlands, creeping towards the $7.50.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      My wife’s sister and her husband (retired American citizens) live in Hatert (bij Nijmegen) with his parents and own a 4dr F150 and a Camry they bought used from an American GI formerly stationed at Brunssum/Maastricht.

      Even at $7.50 a gallon, they don’t use very much gas because the distances in Holland are so short and there exists an outstanding nationwide system of public transportation.

  • avatar
    Trail Rated

    A One Dollar per Gallon Federal Deficit Tax will not cover half of the interest due on 20 Trillion.

  • avatar
    WildcatMatt

    “The results are fascinating, at least until you start looking at Iran and realize the country sells fuel for less than a dollar per gallon. Then you’re forced to take a momentary break to come to grips with your anger.”

    What, exactly, am I supposed to be angry about? That an oil-rich country is able to provide low-cost gas to its domestic market? Sure, some of that is political but some of it is also lower overhead since it’s not being shipped thousands of miles before being refined and then hundreds of miles before being sold to the customer.

    When I lived in upstate NY farm country, things like milk, butter, and eggs were cheaper for the same reasons.

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