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June 2nd, 2004


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03:34 pm - Petrol prices and perspective
My Mum points out that British petrol prices are now hovering around £0.99/liter. There are 3.79 liters to a US gallon, and the pound is currently worth $1.83, so in US terms this would be:
(£0.99/liter) × (3.79 liters/gallon) × ($1.83/pound) = $6.86/gallon.
Gaah.
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From:z_gryphon
Date:June 2nd, 2004 12:40 pm (UTC)
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Which goes a long way toward explaining why British cars are generally about the size of an ampersand (a bold ampersand if you pop for the luxury model) and so hilariously underpowered that guys on ten-speeds routinely smoke them at traffic lights. :)
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From:quietlyurban
Date:June 2nd, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Yep, there's a reason driving over here is expensive. People whine about road users in 4x4's (our equivalent of SUVs) because innately they're jealous that someone can actually afford to do more than let it sit on the driveway looking good.

Most of that cost in petrol is due to the government putting massive tax on it. No prizes for guessing who I'm NOT voting for anytime soon.....
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From:z_gryphon
Date:June 2nd, 2004 01:12 pm (UTC)
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Of course we would. We're Americans. We don't find better ways of doing things when the bad ways become impossible; we find new bad ways. We'd still drive SUVs, we'd just shoot each other for gas money a lot more often.
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From:sauergeek
Date:June 2nd, 2004 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Would that US gas prices were even half that. (With the extra going toward gas tax to fix up our completely-for-shit roads, our completely-for-shit public transit system, and our completely-for-shit national debt.)

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