Friday, 27 June 2008

You think that's expensive?

Pemit me a little rant here. I have been reading my blogroll this evening (I know it's Friday night, but I don't have a life at the moment, just a glass of Merlot). Anyway, I know we are all fed up with the high prices of petrol (gas), but let's look at the facts.

US $5 per gallon

UK £1.20 per litre

Now, I've been on a converter website. I've done the maths. Let's look at that again:

US $5 per gallon

UK $9 per gallon


14 comments:

Reluctant Housewife said...

Ouch! That's crazy!

Gas is about $1.34/litre here. Which, I guess is around $6.36 per UK gallon. And $5.15 per US gallon.

gigi said...

Oh, My GOSH!! That can't be?? This is just not right. This is such crazy times that we are going through right now. I don't even know what to say!! Sorry :(

Sass E-mum said...

Gah. I know. And US biofuel tax laws are completely nuts too.

scrappysue said...

it's the same the world over. outrageous petrol prices - rant away lol

Suzysoo said...

It's absurd, isn't it? I'm doing £45 per week on the school run alone!

Robyn said...

Not trying to defend anything here, but Europe has trains. I wish the US had been so much smarter in setting up transportation to incorporate trains like Europe does. You can go practically any where. I don't know if I'd even own a car if I lived overseas. Now, no the gas prices are not fair but we do produce a lot of oil, we just don't talk about it, but the fact that the dollar sucks so bad I cannot come over and visit, is really not fair.

The Over-Medicated Housewife said...

I know, Americans are so spoiled. You should see the big trucks here in Texas! You won't ever see a cowboy riding a bike though, they might have to resort to their horses!

lisa marie said...

Oh Ouch!

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

oh, we are not quite up to $5 a gallon yet - more like $4.25 - $4.35 in the highest areas. BUT I agree with you, what the heck can we complain about. The USA has had the lowest fuel costs for years! I used to travel to Europe extensively and always freaked over the price of fuel! We are just now starting to catch up

Casdok said...

Scary.

Peter Dyrholm said...

Being out of Denmark I know the European prices are higher than here in the US. However my driving in DK was way less than here in the states.
At the moment I have to fill up once every 5-6 days whereas in DK it was more like once every two weeks.
Maybe because I got 30 miles to work and the same back home. But that's the commuting many people are facing in the states. Which mean that even though prices are lower it still hurts pretty good.

Working mum said...

Didn't realise this would cause such a stir.

Yes, Europe has a good train system (not so much in the UK, though; husband considered flying to London last week - it is cheaper and more reliable than train). We have a tram system in Manchester which I try to use, but it is expensive, unreliable and inadequate (also not policed so not so safe at night).

If only the government would give us an integrated, reliable public transport system, we would use it!

Admitedly we do travel smaller distances than people in the US, but I do feel sorry for people in rural areas in UK who have no choice but to drive (woefully inadequate public transport).

I guess we're all feeling the pinch in one way or another.

Now, shall I mention the cost of a loaf of bread?!

Jacki said...

Yeah, as my husband Peter said, we have family in Denmark and keep tabs on everything going on over in Europe. The prices are terrible!!! But like he said, over here in the US everything is spread out more, and we do much more driving since there isn't good public transportation. Actually, there isn't any where we live at all.

When I lived in Denmark I didn't have a car, and the buses and trains took me everywhere I needed to go. Here, there isn't a bus that will take me from my house to the grocery store, so I must drive.

Killlashandra said...

I know it's crazy, but the US and EU gas prices will soon be closer, more expensive, and just as frustrating. It's so sad.