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That's it, I'm walking. gas up 33 cents since Monday,

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#1 of 2225 OFFLINE   James L White

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Posted August 13 2005 - 10:27 AM

Posted Image ''so how much is it where you live and how much has it changed this week?

Monday 2.169
Tuesday 2.259
Today 2.499

those are regualr unleaded pricesPosted Image
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#2 of 2225 OFFLINE   Jay H

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Posted August 13 2005 - 11:03 AM

No need to walk, just get a good bike, a helmet and a rack and panniers and you're good to go.

I've been commuting since 2001 and I couldn't care less how much gas goes up. Seriously... When you need milk at the grocery store, just bike there, you'll be amazed how easy and fun it actually is, when you need to go to the bank, just get on the bike and go...

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#3 of 2225 OFFLINE   Claudia P

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Posted August 13 2005 - 11:04 AM

Spare a thought for our Southern Hemisphere friends: I hear it's $1.49 per litre in NZ this week. 4.54 litres to the gallon, that makes it $6.76 per gallon. Wow.

#4 of 2225 OFFLINE   Kyle McKnight

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Posted August 13 2005 - 11:08 AM

There are only 3.78L per gallon.

We're paying $2.49 at Racetrack now
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#5 of 2225 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted August 13 2005 - 11:40 AM

Friday $2.39
Saturday $2.65

Vulcan800 gas mileage: 45-50/gallon.

I'm safe for now.
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#6 of 2225 OFFLINE   BrettB



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Posted August 13 2005 - 11:42 AM

I filled up and the value of my car doubled.

Thank you. I'm here all week.

Seriously though, gas prices be sucking big time.

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Posted August 13 2005 - 11:50 AM

2.59 in Madison, Wisconsin. And the worst part? I'm moving to Pennsylvania on Tuesday. Great. I pick the year that we have record-high gas prices to rent a u-haul and move.

#8 of 2225 OFFLINE   Claudia P

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Posted August 13 2005 - 12:15 PM

Kyle - UK conversion 4.54 litres to gallon, US conversion 3.78 litres to gallon. Whatever conversion you use, kiwis are paying through the nose for fuel. Or is it that americans are spoiled by subsidies and don't realise just how lucky they are?

#9 of 2225 OFFLINE   Pamela


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Posted August 13 2005 - 12:17 PM

Today I filled up the car at $2.76 per gallon (in Burbank, CA). I've seen it over $2.80 per gallon at some places.

#10 of 2225 OFFLINE   Greg Morse

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Posted August 13 2005 - 02:10 PM

Or is it that americans are spoiled by subsidies and don't realise just how lucky they are?

It's not that it's subsidized in the States, but that gas is so heavily taxed elsewhere (universal health care and all that).

There's an 18.4 cent federal tax per gallon and then the state tax, which is 23.5 cents per gallon in Mass (or 18 in New Hampshire). So about 40 cents per gallon in taxes for both federal and local in the US. The UK on the other hand charges about 80 cents per LITER with France and Germany only slightly behind. You're basically paying 3.00 a gallon before even paying for the product in Europe.

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Posted August 13 2005 - 02:15 PM

Man, if the prices here in Sweden were as low as yours. Over here the fuel costs $6 per gallon, now that's expensive!

Some of the difference in price can be explained with our higher octane fuel (our regular unleaded is 95 octane and our premium is 98 octane), but mostly it's because of the extreme taxes.

70% of the price for fuel is taxes, some taxes are even added on top of others (ie we are getting taxed on our taxes).

For reference: fuel price + energy tax + carbon monoxide tax = fuel price excluding VAT, a VAT of 25% is then added on top of this.
That means that over half of the VAT is pure "tax on tax" and has nothing whatsoever to do with the fuel price.

#12 of 2225 OFFLINE   Greg Morse

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Posted August 13 2005 - 02:21 PM

Magnus, check out this link


Scroll down to Table 1 and check out the price per gallon in Venezuela if you really want to see cheap gas.

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Posted August 13 2005 - 02:54 PM

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#14 of 2225 OFFLINE   Micah Cohen

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Posted August 13 2005 - 03:57 PM

What I don't understand is this: The gas station gets a delivery of 80,000 gallons of gas on Monday, and the price on the sign is, say, $2.25 (the bastards). On Wednesday, same gas, the price goes up to $2.45. No new delivery, same gas, already paid for (I'm assuming), and the price goes up? Wait a second... How did that happen? Who's profiting here?

I have this sneaking suspicion that the price at the pump really is not as dependent on the "price of a barrel of oil" as news reports might like us to think.

When can we start drilling for oil ourselves? When can we start having reasonably priced, truly "hybrid" cars? WHEN WHEN WHEN?


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#15 of 2225 OFFLINE   Mark Philp

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Posted August 13 2005 - 05:21 PM

Claudia P- I do know how bad the prices are over there. I was in Northern Ireland in the spring and if my math was right it came to over $6.00 a gallon and it was over $5.00 in the Republic of Ireland. It's all the taxes that get you. Our prices aren't subsidized, I wish they were. The price in this area broke the $2.50 mark on thursday and by friday it was $2.59. I hate paying it, but I realize how lucky we are compared to other countries.

It's too bad we don't have the public transport systems like in the UK and Ireland. On my several visits, I never found anywhere that I just had to have a car to get to. I always took the bus or in London the tube. Over here, it takes me about 12 minutes to drive to work on the expressway. To take a bus, I have to go into the center of the city, transfer to another line for a total of about an hour and a half, then walk about half a mile. Since I get out of work at Midnight, the buses have stopped running. If I could find a way other than driving I'd do it in a minute.

#16 of 2225 OFFLINE   Claudia P

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Posted August 13 2005 - 07:07 PM

I understand the Chinese are the ones driving the market. With their economy & industry booming the demand for fuel has increased exponentially; where once they had sufficient reserves they are now buying up arab oil. Anyone got any thoughts on this?

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Posted August 13 2005 - 07:18 PM

One item to factor in is the driving habits of Americans vs. Euros. I'm betting the average American drives 3x as much as the average European. My college was 30 miles away, my last job in DC was 35 miles away and the nearest metro station is a PITA to get to when you factor in traffic and parking fees. And these are places I had to go to everyday. I remember the hellish days on I-95 when it took me two hours to get home. Posted Image

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Posted August 14 2005 - 12:02 AM

Gas to 94.5 cents a litre in Edmonton Alberta

#19 of 2225 OFFLINE   Julian Reville

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Posted August 14 2005 - 12:39 AM

I understand the Chinese are the ones driving the market

That's a part of it, but it's used as a MAJOR reason; most of the recent price increase of both crude and distillate is pure greed and speculation.

Any more comments would be political, but IMHO if this increase continues, a certain party's pachyderm is cooked.

The oil companies have got us by the short hairs; what else can you burn in your car?

The local newspaper had a poll: Are you price shopping for gasoline? I laughed; what difference does 2 cents a gallon make?

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Posted August 14 2005 - 12:39 AM

I just paid $2.60 per gallon for 87 octane at the
local Super Wawa (a chain of stores in this area that
usually have the cheapest gas around). I like to put
the mid-grade in my car, but now I'm going to the cheaper
stuff. IIRC, the price of 87 octane at the beginning of
the month was about $2.33, so gas has gone up about $.27
per gallon in just 2 weeks time. I still say that supply
and world barrell prices aren't the biggest factor in
what we pay- demand is the biggest factor. We drive alot
more during the summer, so we get raped at the gas pumps.
Can anyone here say "gouge"?
Pretty please, with sugar on top,
clean the f**king car.

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