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Old 05-06-2008, 03:31 PM   #76
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In the Uk our petrol amounts to roughly $8.50 per gallon.

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Old 05-06-2008, 03:44 PM   #77
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Whodathunk that California is actually a red state?

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Old 05-06-2008, 04:03 PM   #78
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I'm riding my bike to work, if I can afford t get it fixed after paying for gas yesterday...
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:07 PM   #79
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I wish our petrol was as cheap as it is in the US

I pay about £40 to fill up my little 1.3 Mazda. And it's getting more expensive every day. I paid £1.09 per litre today
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$1.29 per litre here

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Old 05-06-2008, 04:16 PM   #81
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:27 PM   #82
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having lived and paid for petrol in both europe and north america, it's interesting how north americans feel hard done by.
at least by comparison to europe, north american petrol is cheap.

the one good thing about high prices is hopefully this increase the demand for cleaner energy alternatives. mass produce a fucking electric car already. mankind put someone on the mood decades ago and we're still putting the same shit in our cars to make them run as we did 70 years ago.
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:42 PM   #83
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having lived and paid for petrol in both europe and north america, it's interesting how north americans feel hard done by.
at least by comparison to europe, north american petrol is cheap.
Not excusing Americans (hey I'm not complaining, I purposely moved 3 blocks from my office!), but I think the standard of living as a whole is higher in many western European countries. For example, Ireland's minimum wage is $13.38 (just Googled the first country I thought of ) and the US' is $7.25 which just came into effect.

Michigan may not have the highest gas prices, but we have the worst economy and worst unemployment. So yeah, when you're making about half of what people in Europe are making, plus often driving hours a day to/from work as many do, the gas prices hurt.

I'm lucky I can afford to chose where I rent, so we are both close to work/school and can drop other activities farther away if we need to.
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Old 05-06-2008, 06:35 PM   #84
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Britains minimum wage is £5.52. Irelands equivelent in pounds is £6.53, so thats £1 higher anyway. Things are quite pricey over there I believe so its not really as if you're earning more money.
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Public transportation in Southern California is pitiful, but I don't think that's the main reason why so many people drive and use so much gas, I think it's housing. Even with the current crash, many people (myself included) can't afford to live near where they work, whether buying or renting.
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Britains minimum wage is £5.52. Irelands equivelent in pounds is £6.53, so thats £1 higher anyway. Things are quite pricey over there I believe so its not really as if you're earning more money.
That's exactly the point, it all evens out. We can't really compare prices in the US vs. prices in Europe, we should compare prices against the work wages in the same country. Things cost a lot less here....we make a lot less here.
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Europe doesn't have the level of suburban sprawl that exists in the US - it's much more dense, walkable, and mass transit-oriented. Most European cities were built before cars were invented, and the car ownership rate is lower and commutes are shorter.
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The highest gas price I've seen is so far is $3.94.
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Yeah, I have to say that it rubs me the wrong way a little bit when non-Americans chide us for complaining about gas prices.

I understand that we pay a lot less than other countries, but that doesn't mean a lot of Americans don't hurt when our prices rise little by little.

At work, I talk to employees who are working retail, trying to provide for a family on wages that are frankly, not nearly enough to do so. They struggle to make ends meet as it is, and rising gas prices mean something else has to not get paid to ensure they can get to work.

What a slap in the face to have imply they should suck it up and stop their bitching, because they're not really paying that much for gas in comparison.
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:44 PM   #90
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I drive an '05 Nissan Altima; I will usually fill when my gauge reads 1/4 tank left...kinda takes the sting outta paying the high price...and I've cut my trips to LA to twice every two weeks; the rest of So CA is fair-game as its not STOP and NO-GO!

Plus, I get reimbursed for mileage at .55 a mile so that helps a lot...
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