Scott Hanselman

Gas Prices around the world

September 02, 2005 Comment on this post [10] Posted in Africa
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In this time of higher gas prices, I would remind those who are frustrated and complaining (like the woman on NPR just now who found it “horrifying” that she might need to carpool or pay $40 to fill up) that there are those in Zimbabwe who have queued for petrol for as long as 4 days (96 hours) to pay the equivalent of $5 a gallon, or nearly 30% of their monthly salary.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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September 02, 2005 5:46
Also, the average price for a gallon of petrol in the UK (when you convert pounds to dollars and litres to gallons) is $6.22
September 02, 2005 6:41

You need to turn off your "Now Playing", Will Smith?????

How about some New Orleans gangsta rap?
September 02, 2005 8:33
But in other countries where gas is more expensive, have the prices risen gradually to reach that point or do they also jump $0.60+ (or ~21%) in 3 days? Gas prices will always rise (that's a given), but when the rate is more than gradual, that's when it becomes a factor. Rate increases like this eat into your budget and it's not always easy to update accordingly.
September 02, 2005 9:17
Richard, it seems reasonable to be that prices would jump 22% when six oil refineries are suddenly offline after a natural disaster. I'm pointing out that we're STILL paying less than half the rest of the planet pays, and 10x less as a percentage of income.
September 02, 2005 9:34
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September 02, 2005 12:34
Currently, the average price for a gallon of regular is $5.50 in Switzerland - premium is about $5.65 or more. The price has jumped quite a bit (40-45 cents) in the past 2 days or so.
September 02, 2005 16:39
Yes, yes. Americans are stupid and uncaring. Everyone else is worse off, how can we complain. Blah, blah. We've heard it before.

Surely you know that everything is relative?
September 02, 2005 17:06
-->who found it “horrifying” that she might need to carpool or pay $40 to fill up)

$40 sounds like a deal, it's $80 to fill my tank up.
September 02, 2005 17:35
Or we could be in Venezuela, paying only $0.12 a gallon.
September 02, 2005 20:47

It is sad though that where I live (not stating country I live in, but it's obvious), it now costs the same to fill my 4 gallon motorcycle (25 - 30mpg) as it did my 14 gallon car last year.

As far as Venezuela goes, how may people drive down there? And who owns their refineries? We SHOULD follow through with Pat Robertson's idea if we can't get our refinery situation straightened out.

A friend of mine pointed out what one of the problems we are having. It's not how much oil we have or can get. It's how much we can process. In that respect, why is that we haven't built a new refinery since the 1970's to compensate for the greater need? And now that prices are climbing with no end in sight, (I'm not comparing country to country here) what are we going to do about it? Alternative fuel sources are still a dream. Why not build another refinery?


Sure, greenhouse gases are a problem. But until a real, viable and cost effective solution to reduce these gases form fossil fuels is found, we have to continue as we are doing RIGHT NOW.

One funny thing I have noticed is these environmentalists are driving cars too. They have to go to work too. I have even seen bumper stickers that state things like "Save the Rain Forest" on the back of a Hummer!?! Come on!?! (Others include slams against Bush and the Iraq war on the same kind of vehicles. Hypocrites?)

If you wnat to do anything good right now, help out in Biloxi and New Orleans (etc).

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