Thursday, June 12, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Gasp and cry
In Canada, gas is $5.40 a gallon. That’s according to “Val,” one of the members of my Dear Jane quilting list.
I think many of the overseas members of that list have suffered with horrendous gas prices much longer than we have here in the USA.
After a flurry of conversation on the list Monday about gas prices, I Googled “gas prices,” came up with “worldwide gas prices” on CNN and was shocked.
Guess how much gas costs in Caracas, Venezuela (this is all per gallon) -- go ahead, guess.
Give up? -- 12¢! Twelve cents!
In Lagos, Nigeria -- 38¢; Cairo, Egypt - 65¢. In Moscow, Russia, it’s a bit higher -- $2.10. It’s under $3 in Taiwan, Lebanon, South Africa, Nicaragua and Panama.
Make you want to move? How about these prices -- in Amsterdam, Netherlands gas is $6.48 per gallon. Oslo, Noway gas is going for $6.27. It’s $5.50+ in Italy, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden, London, Germany and France. Portugal is a hair better at $5.35 per gallon.
Among those in the $4.50+ range are Hungary, Luxembourg, Croatia, Ireland, Switzerland and Spain.
Japan, the Czech Republic, Romania and Andorra are all in the $4+ range.
Sharing the boat with the USA in the $3+ range are Estonia, Bulgaria, Brazil, and Cuba. Although to be strictly fair, in Cuba gas is priced at $3.03 a gallon. The rest of those listed are $3.50+.
And do we even want to think about diesel?
My daughter drives a Volkswagen Beetle and has always gloated over her 55 mpg (diesel, with a stick). She doesn’t say much about gas prices anymore though.
Diesel is made from the same stuff as heating oil, which has been in high demand. The price of diesel has nearly tripled since 2004, jumping 22 percent in the last two months. The nationwide price for a gallon of diesel is $4.03, according to “CNN Money.”
This morning, as I drove in to work and spotted the gas station signs on Hwy. 7, I gasped out loud -- $3.97 per gallon! Fortunately, I had a full tank of gas and didn’t have to stop.
Monday, Pop drove the Binkster to Camp Lake Stephens near Oxford. Someone will have to pick her up on Saturday.
Wednesday, Dana and I took Gremlin and “ran away” to the museums in Jackson, in lieu of her going to camp.
Filling my tank up Wednesday made me do more than gasp -- I nearly cried -- and my little Toyota gets 35 mpg.
Gas is supposed to be $5+ by the end of either this summer or this month, depending on who you listen to.
I’m going to stop driving as much and start crying more...
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