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Old 05-06-2008, 11:17 PM   #91
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we fill our gas tanks with erm.. like 3 $

At least something good comes from living in my country



FYK a 2L bottle of coca cola costs 2 $ and a 1L bottle of water costs 1 $
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Old 05-07-2008, 01:08 AM   #92
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Why lookie there, who's almost the greenest state? Freakin' Texas.


yes, I AM reaping the benefits of this...but soon and very soon I will be returning to reddish orange Chicagoland where I can feel less guilty about it.
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:34 AM   #93
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Gas prices are astronomical. I swear prices go up on average 2 cents per day. When is it going to stop?
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:39 AM   #94
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Gas prices are astronomical. I swear prices go up on average 2 cents per day. When is it going to stop?
Probably not anytime soon since some analysts are now saying that oil is headed for $200 per barrel. Let the good times roll!
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:46 AM   #95
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Old 05-07-2008, 02:02 PM   #96
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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.
bingo.

if i could take mass transit to work, i would. but my job is just far enough away from any train station to be walkable, and the LIRR won't allow bikes on peak (rush) hour trains.

i am looking into moving closer to work to offsent prices. hopefully by july.
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Old 05-07-2008, 06:48 PM   #97
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I just paid $3.91/gal for reg unleaded.
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:06 PM   #98
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I'm in Scotland, never had a car (never been able to afford or have one) but i do notice the prices of petrol and like a few people here have mentioned, i can't believe it when i read of people in the US complaining about the price of petrol (or gas as you call it there!) when i know how much more expensive it costs here!! It seems like it's around 4 times cheaper over there - though admittedley, the UK does have the NHS! (we have that benefit!)


Though i do realise that the UK is not as much of a car-centric country as the US is (for example, as Q1! said, it would be unimaginable for us NOT to have sidewalks - pavements, as their proper name is! -, as we do have a pretty good public transport system here (despite some expensive prices) and we're a much smaller place, so it's a whole different thing going on culturally really!
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Old 05-07-2008, 07:43 PM   #99
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You are right Susan, petrol is more expensive than what we pay here in the US. Having a car is a priviledge and expensive. I only know the difficulty of trying to keep up with auto expense as an American car owner. Add to that along with daily rising gas prices the fact that food prices, prices for other services and goods also rise as transportation costs rise and so does everything else. When does it end?
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Old 05-07-2008, 08:31 PM   #100
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Hey the real tragedy here is Canada, which is more vast than the US, has more oil than the US and our prices are at $4.70ish/gallon....
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paid $4 per gallon today.
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:46 AM   #102
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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.
and europeans don't have this problem?

i'm well aware that public transport is a lot better in europe than north america, which affords europeans to travel around easier without their cars, but there are many, many areas outside the berlins, romes, londons, and viennas, where public transport isn't much of a possibility either.
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^public transport is much better here, but more expensive than using the car.
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where do you live? and what do you mean by public transport?

i find that incredibly hard to believe. if one lives in a city and relies on public transport (assuming they have all or a combination of underground, tram, and bus systems), you would spend FAR less than if you had a car.
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^ Yeah, say the average person spends about $100/mo on insurance, $300/mo on the car payment, and who knows, like $100/mo on gas? How can public transport be more than $500/mo?

I think ours is $1 per bus ride, so $2/day if you are going to/from work, and I think students can get cheaper packages. However the buses don't run 24/7 and they cover a limited area. Chicago was $2.50 a ride I think? But their buses come by every few minutes and go all over, I'd definitely be on the bus if I lived there!
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