September 10 2005

Fuel Prices and What To Do

Gas prices are high,no question about it. Here’s a wild idea though, how about we quit whining about it? In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, aren’t there more important things to be concerning ourselves with?

The thing I find most amusing about most, not all, complainers is I don’t see them taking any steps to lower their fuel consumption. Do you car pool? If you live in a major city, are you taking mass transit? Have you considered a bike? A scooter? A moped? A hyrbrid car? Some parts of california now have hydrogen stations, have you looked into a hydrogen vehicle? Heck, even a Segway!

There are a number of ways for you to cut your gas consumption, but to think we have it bad is just silly. This list hasn’t been updated since March sadly, but it gives you a good idea of just how cushy we have it:

Netherlands Amsterdam $6.48
Norway Oslo $6.27
Italy Milan $5.96
Denmark Copenhagen $5.93
Belgium Brussels $5.91
Sweden Stockholm $5.80
United Kingdom London $5.79 (this one I know is now closer to $7.00)
Germany Frankfurt $5.57
France Paris $5.54
Portugal Lisbon $5.35
Hungary Budapest $4.94
Luxembourg $4.82
Croatia Zagreb $4.81
Ireland Dublin $4.78
Switzerland Geneva $4.74
Spain Madrid $4.55
Japan Tokyo $4.24
Czech Republic Prague $4.19
Romania Bucharest $4.09
Andorra $4.08
Estonia Tallinn $3.62
Bulgaria Sofia $3.52
Brazil Brasilia $3.12
Cuba Havana $3.03
Taiwan Taipei $2.84
Lebanon Beirut $2.63
South Africa Johannesburg $2.62
Nicaragua Managua $2.61
Panama Panama City $2.19
Russia Moscow $2.10
Puerto Rico San Juan $1.74
Saudi Arabia Riyadh $0.91
Kuwait Kuwait City $0.78
Egypt Cairo $0.65
Nigeria Lagos $0.38
Venezuela Caracas $0.12

So, next time you are gassing up the car and feel the need to complain about the price, remember this list….and remember at least you have a car…a home…a job….yeah, I think you get the point.

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