Another Rant: Gas Prices
Posted by tim in Pissed on May 18, 2008

Before I go to bed, I feel the need to rant about something else: Gas prices.

I don't get what's driving the price of a gallon of gas up so much. I went to see my parents for the weekend, but had to put gas in my car before I left town. What used to be a $20 tank of gas just a few months ago is now a $40 tank of gas. Why? Can anyone explain it?

I've heard the following used as excuses:

  • Hurricanes: Okay, so a hurricane hit the middle of the Saudi desert...
  • Domestic Wildfires: ...but don't we get our oil from other countries?
  • Increased Transportation Expenses: o_O Okay, so we're applying recursion to life. Great.
  • Political Turmoil: Yeah, so President Bush had a bowl movement and we're not speaking with {Insert oil producing country here}. Let's turn to the reserves.

In short, someone needs to figure out how to fix this problem and actually do something about it. I'm inches from using public transit and my bicycle in place of my car.

At this point you're probably wondering how much gas costs now: About $4.00 per gallon.


Tell me about it man, because of the "environmental impact" of people using their cars, driving is now the most expensive thing you can do in England.

Prices are now 115.9p a litre, meaning what used to cost 40 to fill an entire tank now costs 52. The budget saw my car tax rise 100 and apparently in two years it will go upto 900 for a year. There will be a 2p rise in October for fuel, regardless of it's pricing.

I read this article:

America is a massive consumer and drives the pricing throughout the world, now China is on the act, it will never cease to stop rising.

I saw a while back a diagram on the consumption of oil by the major countries, showing the economy of US cars. The amount of fuel people use on their SUV's in America is nothing short of ludicrous (the UK isn't as bad but ranks in high btw).

  • Posted by Matt (Guest) on May 19, 2008 at 02:55:37AM

So the solution there would be to penalize anyone who drives an SUV? I mean, there is a specific "Gas Guzzler" tax that owners of certain high-end sports cars, like the Dodge Viper, have to pay. Why not apply the same to these big trucks and SUVs that people drive as a family car rather than a work vehicle as they're intended? It would surely lessen the strain on those of us who drive more efficient vehicles.

  • Posted by tim (Guest) on May 19, 2008 at 07:37:25AM

They have done that here in London. You have to pay a surcharge if your car is of high emissions. In future they will stipulate that your car cannot be more than 6 years old, I mean WTF is that all about?!

  • Posted by Matt (Guest) on May 20, 2008 at 07:07:03AM
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