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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: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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