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Filling Up Overseas Can Be An Adventure

 
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Filling Up Overseas Can Be An Adventure
Why Gas in the U.S. Is So Cheap
by Steve Hargreaves
Friday, May 2, 2008

Relatively low taxes have kept pump prices far below most other developed nations, which some say is precisely why the current runup is so painful.


Despite daily headlines bemoaning record gas prices, the U.S. is actually one of the cheaper places to fill up in the world.

Out of 155 countries surveyed, U.S. gas prices were the 45th cheapest, according to a recent study from AIRINC, a research firm that tracks cost of living data.

The difference is staggering. As of late March, U.S. gas prices averaged $3.45 a gallon. That compares to over $8 a gallon across much of Europe.

The U.S. has always fought to keep gas prices low, and the current debate among presidential candidates on how to keep them that way has been fierce.

[link to finance.yahoo.com]

Everyone is writing about this but I found this interesting article on CNN Money about the cost of gas worldwide and why gas is so cheap in the United States. It really threw me for a loop in terms of how good we have it here. The cost of gas in Europe averages over 8 dollars a gallon. Here are some most expensive and least expensive cities on the list.

Bosnia-Herzegovina:
$10.86 as gallon. This is of course if you are fortunate to survive one fill-up to the next. You can reload your AKA-47 for a 5 dollar surcharge…..

Caracas, Venezuela:
Not overseas but worthy of note at 12 cents a gallon. The only catch is that you have to live under a dictatorship and will probably be executed when you complain when it rises to 15 cents a gallon.

Moscow, Russia:
.45 a gallon if and only if you run into one of the black market gasoline trucks that lurk in every dark underpass and pay a 100 dollar surcharge not to be mugged beaten and extorted.

Shanghai, China:
1.48 a gallon, you won’t be executed for complaining of that rise to 1.49 but you and your entire family will be sent off to gasoline”re-education” camps and you’ll will certainly never gripe again no matter how high it goes. They are into the “long term” objectives

North Korea:
Don’t know-It’s a state secret. They are still fueling their missiles with unleaded fuel and don’t want us to figure out how much it costs for them to fire one at us.

Nigeria:
.38 cents a gallon. I did note that in addition to the 38 cents there is an optional 1000.00 dollar surcharge per gallon that goes to the deposed ruler of Zamunda who has One Million Dollars in a safe deposit box. He needs your grand to get the money out and will give you half if you immediately send him a money order. In the alternative you can leave your email address and it will be forwarded to all deposed Nigerian rulers who have secret money stashed away and need your grand to help them get it

If you don’t want to travel to Nigeria you can call the U.S State Departments Nigeria 911 task force to get a list of deposed rulers who will take your grand to help them get their hidden millions….. In exchange for choosing a deposed ruler and sending him the money, in addition to your half of the millions you will get a 10 dollar free Nigerian gas voucher…

Saudi Arabia:
91 cents gallon-Women can only fill up on Mondays when there is a full moon between 1 and 1:30 am. If you’re caught filling up after that, its 5 dollars a gallon and 20 lashes with the gas hose…. There is however a free cup of Starbucks coffee with every fill-up to be drank with the unrelated female of your choice at any participating Saudi Starbucks

Netherlands:
6.48 a gallon but you get a free hash pipe and ten dollars off your next hooker.

France:
5.54 a gallon. It is10 dollars a gallon if you’re American just because they can

[link to www.briancuban.com]

Bogged Down
Most expensive places to buy gas

Rank Country Price/gal
1. Bosnia-Herzegovina $10.86
2. Eritrea $9.58
3. Norway $8.73
4. United Kingdom $8.38
5. Netherlands $8.37
6. Monaco $8.31
7. Iceland $8.28
8. Belgium $8.22
9. France $8.07
10. Germany $7.86
111. United States $3.45


Source: AIRINC


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Where gasoline is cheapest
Rank Country Price/gal

1. Venezuela 12 cents
2. Iran 40 cents
3. Saudi Arabia 45 cents
4. Libya 50 cents
5. Swaziland 54 cents
6. Qatar 73 cents
7. Bahrain 81 cents
8. Egypt 89 cents
9. Kuwait 90 cents
10. Seychelles 98 cents
45. United States $3.45


155 countries surveyed between March 17 and April 1, 2008. Prices not adjusted for cost of living or exchange rates.
Source: AIRINC

Price comparisons are not all created equal.

Comparing gas prices across nations is always difficult. For starters, the AIRINC numbers don't take into account different salaries in different countries, or the different exchange rates. The dollar has lost considerable ground to the euro recently. Because oil is priced in dollars, rising oil prices aren't as hard on people paying with currencies which are stronger than the dollar, as they can essentially buy more oil with their money as the dollar falls in value.


And then there's the varying distances people drive, the public transportation options available, and the different services people get in exchange for high gas prices. For example, Europe's stronger social safety net, including cheaper health care and higher education, is paid for partly through gas taxes.

Gas price: It's all about government policy.

Gasoline costs roughly the same to make no matter where in the world it's produced, according to John Felmy, chief economist for the American Petroleum Institute. The difference in retail costs, he said, is that some governments subsidize gas while others tax it heavily.

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With so many people predicting $200-400 oil prices in the future, if that would happen.. then that is obviously peak oil. IMHO.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

Gas prices around the world
Think you pay a lot for gas? Perhaps you'd prefer to live in Venezuela.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – Gasoline prices in the United States, which have recently hit record highs, are actually much lower than in many countries. Drivers in some European cities, like Amsterdam and Oslo, are paying nearly 3 times more than those in the U.S.

The main factor in price disparities between countries is government policy, according to AirInc, a company that tracks the cost of living in various places around the world. Many European nations tax gasoline heavily, with taxes making up as much as 75 percent of the cost of a gallon of gasoline, said a spokesperson for AirInc.

In a few Latin America and Middle-East nations, such as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, oil is produced by a government-owned company and local gasoline prices are kept low as a benefit to the nation's citizens, he said. All prices updated March, 2005.

Nation City Price in USD Regular/Gallon
Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48
Norway Oslo $6.27
Italy Milan $5.96
Denmark Copenhagen $5.93
Belgium Brussels $5.91
Sweden Stockholm $5.80
United Kingdom London $5.79
Germany Frankfurt $5.57
France Paris $5.54
Portugal Lisbon $5.35
Hungary Budapest $4.94
Luxembourg $4.82
Croatia Zagreb $4.81
Ireland Dublin $4.78
Switzerland Geneva $4.74
Spain Madrid $4.55
Japan Tokyo $4.24
Czech Republic Prague $4.19
Romania Bucharest $4.09
Andorra $4.08
Estonia Tallinn $3.62
Bulgaria Sofia $3.52
Brazil Brasilia $3.12
Cuba Havana $3.03
Taiwan Taipei $2.84
Lebanon Beirut $2.63
South Africa Johannesburg $2.62
Nicaragua Managua $2.61
Panama Panama City $2.19
Russia Moscow $2.10
Puerto Rico San Juan $1.74
Saudi Arabia Riyadh $0.91
Kuwait Kuwait City $0.78
Egypt Cairo $0.65
Nigeria Lagos $0.38
Venezuela Caracas $0.12

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THE USA is a huge market, we should be paying less, just like you always do when you buy in bulk.
I dont complain about gas prices, they are not far off from the early eighties.
I AM GOING TO WAIT UNTIL THEY GET really high, then I probably still wont complain, if I had something everybody wanted I WOULD PROBABLY BE CHARGING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
myself.
I will just start riding a bike, no worries.
When the other white people moved outta town(I see BLACK people) I stayed, I live 1 to 3 miles from everything,
3 miles from work.
You live fifty miles from work and drive an suv every day?
Thats what the bible calls "building a house on sand"
and you will get the shafting you DESERVE
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If this was an enlightened society we live in the cost of living would be cheap !
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If this was an enlightened society we live in the cost of living would be cheap !
 Quoting: Hi Viz 456672

Yeah, I agree.

But for an enlightened society to even exist, this corrupt government that continues to exist needs to be rid of, in my opinion of course.

Oh, and hi. stoner

Btw, I think they should focus more on gas prices in huge metropolitan cities. Over here in NYC, it's way above average in most places. Diesel is around $1-2 more expensive than fucking premium.
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vishuz!]

If this was an enlightened society we live in the cost of living would be cheap !

Yeah, I agree.

But for an enlightened society to even exist, this corrupt government that continues to exist needs to be rid of, in my opinion of course.

Oh, and hi. stoner

Btw, I think they should focus more on gas prices in huge metropolitan cities. Over here in NYC, it's way above average in most places. Diesel is around $1-2 more expensive than fucking premium.
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What a way to control people eh! (((through the gas tank)))
we are being stretched over a barrel.

Freeway ---- should read more like ---- payway
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Here in NZ its up to $2.13 a LITRE !

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