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Chart: Why $4-Per-Gallon Gas Is Damn Cheap (Compared to what the rest of the world pays)
Good Environment ^ | 03/21/2011

Posted on 04/05/2011 12:45:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Inspired by Cord's thought-provoking post on the per gallon prices of various liquids, and by Sarah Palin's ill-informed Facebook rant on the "$4-Per-Gallon President," I decided to take a closer look at gasoline prices around the world. Mrs. Palin might be interested to learn, that the world already has quite a few $4-Per-Gallon Presidents. In fact, the world already has $6-Per-Gallon Parliaments, $7-Per-Gallon Prime Ministers, and $8-Per-Gallon Presidents!

We've collected a broad sample of gas prices from throughout the industrialized Western world in the chart below. Important to note: this chart includes only official data from throughout the European Union and North America. I've included some self-reported gas prices from a handful of relevant nations below the chart.

gas prices, gasoline, petroleum, oil,

All of the European data comes from the E.U.'s European Energy Portal website. U.S. and Canadian data come from the respective Automobile Associations.

Here are a few others countries that I thought were interesting, but for which I couldn't find official data. All of these numbers are self-reported within the past six months (unless otherwise noted) through the Gasoline-Germany website, a popular energy and petroleum forum.

An odd trend seems to be that the most of countries that have gas prices under our own, are those same countries that so many politicians routinely cite as "evil" or "undemocratic."  Does Sarah Palin want our oil economy to be more like Iran and Venezuela?

From this recent chart in the Economist, you can see that the bulk of the premium costs in most European nations is due to higher taxes and duties on crude and gasoline. Many nations recognize oil as a finite resource, and are utilizing gasoline taxes to reduce oil imports, create a more efficient transportation system, and better prepare for longer-term oil price volatility.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: ecoweenies; energypolicy; eurosocialism; euroweenies; gasoline; gasolineprices; gasprices; gloriesofsocialism; leftuniverse; petrol; taxes; taxpolicy; waronsarah
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1 posted on 04/05/2011 12:45:52 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Kiss the rod, peon Americans. You deserve to be as miserable as the rest of the world.


2 posted on 04/05/2011 12:47:21 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t give a flying f what the rest of the world pays.


3 posted on 04/05/2011 12:47:59 PM PDT by Grunthor (The man or woman who doesn't forgive has forgotten the price that Christ paid for them on the Cross.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Europe has a condensed population.


4 posted on 04/05/2011 12:49:18 PM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: La Lydia

the rest of the world doesn’t have its own oil, we do


5 posted on 04/05/2011 12:49:18 PM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: SeekAndFind

you ain’t seen nothing yet!
I suspect the Saudi announcement about trouble there would bring about $200 to $300/bl was made for a reason. Russia would really make a killing!


6 posted on 04/05/2011 12:49:23 PM PDT by griswold3 (Character is destiny)
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To: SeekAndFind

If I want to live
In a high-tax Euro-state,
I will move to one.


7 posted on 04/05/2011 12:49:50 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He mentions that higher taxes and duties play a role in the costs, but never mentions how much those countries buy, compared to the US.


8 posted on 04/05/2011 12:51:31 PM PDT by AnglePark
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To: SeekAndFind
Socialists don't want to raise individuals up, they want to smash them all down to the same level.
9 posted on 04/05/2011 12:51:52 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who gives a rip what the rest of the world pays? That’s a feeble argument in overcharging Americans for gasoline. What we care is what we pay and we’re paying way too much. Time to get the speculators out of the oil business, and time to drill here, drill now.


10 posted on 04/05/2011 12:52:30 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Grunthor

And the best part is,
The cattle-car ride is FREE!
Only one-way, though...


11 posted on 04/05/2011 12:52:30 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you can read this / (To paraphrase on old line) / Thank a TAXPAYER!.)
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To: Haiku Guy

O’boy, o’boy.... I wanna be like everybody else.


12 posted on 04/05/2011 12:52:30 PM PDT by donhunt (I am sick and tired of those bastards insulting and lying to me.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What the “other countries” pay for gasoline should have absolutely NOTHING to do with what we in the USA pay for gasoline. Arghhhh.


13 posted on 04/05/2011 12:53:07 PM PDT by DigitalVideoDude (It's amazing what you can accomplish when you don't care who gets the credit. -Ronald Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind
B.S. We should be closer to Iran and Iraq.

IF the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA would embrace oil and natural gas exploration and production, we could power our economy for the next hundred years and cripple the economies of those who wish to enslave us.

DRILL BABY DRILL!


14 posted on 04/05/2011 12:53:31 PM PDT by Envisioning ( Call me a racist................, one more time......................)
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t the whole point about loving being an American about not *wanting* to be like the rest of the world???


15 posted on 04/05/2011 12:53:44 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands
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To: SF_Redux

Exactly. There is no reason, except for BO and his troglodyte enablers in Congress, to make ourselves as miserable as, say, the Netherlands, which has no oil of its own. A more honest comparison would be the cost of gasoline in oil-producing countries. The UK continues to screw itself despite the riches of the North Sea. I continue to be surprised that the British public puts up with it.


16 posted on 04/05/2011 12:54:13 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: SeekAndFind

Who gives a damn what the rest of the world pays? They’ve been using that nonsense argument to push all kinds of nonsense (health care, global warming, etc).


17 posted on 04/05/2011 12:54:34 PM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The United States of America is the BEST COUNTRY in the history of the World.

We should NEVER be compared to any other country. Who cares what they pay, we need not pay as much as the others.


18 posted on 04/05/2011 12:54:48 PM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a condescending twit! He bashes Palin for daring to suggest that $4/gallon is too high. I think $1.50/gallon is too high!

How about this clown pays for his $4/gallon gas and then send me $4 for every gallon he buys so he can pay $8/gallon right now. Why wait on the rest of America?


19 posted on 04/05/2011 12:55:22 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Grunthor

When G. W. was in office, all you heard from the Media and the RATs was Bush/Oil Prices - strangely, the media and the RATs are now silent about the skyrocketing price of oil and gasoline since Hussein Obama is in the Oval Office.


20 posted on 04/05/2011 12:56:23 PM PDT by Mr. Wright
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To: SeekAndFind

“utilizing gasoline taxes to reduce oil imports, create a more efficient transportation system, and better prepare for longer-term oil price volatility.”

And helping to pay unemployment and welfare benefits to a large section of their population.

So the author should move to one of these reasonable countries, rather than stay here and force the rest of us to accept her values.


21 posted on 04/05/2011 12:57:09 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: SeekAndFind
In addition to expensive gasoline, the rest of the world also has death camps, female circumcision, slavery, monkey brains for dinner, female armpit hair, soccer, sewage for drinking water, wide-spread tuberculosis, six teeth, starvation, dysentery, scurvy, Eurovision, and haggis.
22 posted on 04/05/2011 12:58:45 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Grunthor

AMEN!!!!!


23 posted on 04/05/2011 12:59:11 PM PDT by hflynn
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To: SeekAndFind
**Does Sarah Palin want our oil economy to be more like Iran and Venezuela?**

TROLL!!!


24 posted on 04/05/2011 12:59:41 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (islam ... church of the Perpetually Offended!)
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To: La Lydia; SeekAndFind

There used to be a saying “An American thinks 100 years is a long time and Englishman thinks 100 mile is long way”.

Well, If lived in Amsterdam or Paris or London I really don’t need a car. I do agree however, that we should consider ourselves lucky.


25 posted on 04/05/2011 1:01:34 PM PDT by Perdogg (What Would Aqua Buddha do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t care what anyone but us pays for gas.
What these “Everyone else but us pay more” clowns don’t tell you is the amount that fuel is taxed by the govt in those countries. The other thing they refuse to put in their snarky little articles is the fact that we have enough oil reserves right here in the US to get us off the tit of OPEC.


26 posted on 04/05/2011 1:02:33 PM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: Haiku Guy

At this rate, I’m afraid we won’t have to move ...


27 posted on 04/05/2011 1:02:42 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: Mr. Wright

“When G. W. was in office, all you heard from the Media and the RATs was Bush/Oil Prices - strangely, the media and the RATs are now silent about the skyrocketing price of oil and gasoline since Hussein Obama is in the Oval Office.”

And do you remember how he (Bush) made them drop? He announced that he was opening up the coasts for offshore drilling. Oil prices fell of the cliff.

O’Dumbo wants high oil prices, I swear.


28 posted on 04/05/2011 1:03:57 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: AnglePark

We grow the bulk of the world’s food for a reason, fuel is a large component of the cost of food.

Our low fuel prices are needed to keep the cost of the world’s food low. If they think there is global chaos right now, let the fuel price in the US get to 6 dollars a gallon.

Obama is going to have civil wars on every continent.


29 posted on 04/05/2011 1:03:57 PM PDT by dila813
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To: SeekAndFind
"Many nations recognize oil as a finite resource, and are utilizing gasoline taxes to reduce oil imports, create a more efficient transportation system, and better prepare for longer-term oil price volatility."

Can I have some of what the author is smoking? It must be something potent ....

"reduce oil imports" - if that were true, then the monies collected would be used to fund alternative types of energy instead of filling gaps in the budget.

"create a more efficient transportation system" - oh please - Public Transportation has about the same priority as any other socialist utopian promise.

"better prepare for longer-term oil price volatility" - right - artificially jack the prices via taxes and blame the evil oil companies, in good times as in bad ....

30 posted on 04/05/2011 1:06:03 PM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Your charts don’t mean squat unless you take out the taxes paid on gas in each country.

What is the raw cost of gas in each country - without government added taxes.


31 posted on 04/05/2011 1:10:27 PM PDT by PeteB570 (Islam is the sea in which the terrorist shark swims. It aids & comforts the shark on it's journey.)
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To: dead
...female armpit hair,...

That gave me chills !

32 posted on 04/05/2011 1:12:13 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: SeekAndFind

This message brought to you by your local communist ELF network. Let’s all go back to the stone age and wash oil off shore birds. Remember! No wearing anything leather, strict vegan (I wonder how the plants feel about that after all they are living organisms!) and tune up that bike for your 40 mile commute. Suck it up for ELF while they burn out car dealers and bomb research labs! All us rich guys should support these shiftless bastards who have never worked a job in their miserable lives, never paid taxes, have outstanding warrants for arrest, and live off the public dole!


33 posted on 04/05/2011 1:13:18 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: SeekAndFind

This ain’t Hungary, Bozo!


34 posted on 04/05/2011 1:17:04 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: SeekAndFind
As much as the Democrats would love to see Americans pay European style taxes, we don't. Not yet. So I don't give a rat's ass what they pay over in Europe.

Sarah Palin's ill-informed Facebook rant

And why was this dolt claiming that Sarah Palin's Facebook post was "ill-informed"?

35 posted on 04/05/2011 1:17:14 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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Well said, sir.
36 posted on 04/05/2011 1:19:16 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Inspired by Cord's thought-provoking post

Start your argument with a lie, you lose the debate.

There was not a single thought in this whole waste of bandwidth.

This whole article is pure emotion based drivel.

If the author had bother to THINK, for even a heartbeat, he would of realized the sheer idiocy of comparing the USA to countries that are smaller then many of our individual states.

37 posted on 04/05/2011 1:22:46 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (The problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people's money. Lady Thatcher)
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Personally, I'm not one to wallow in guilt trips, and I really don't give a damn how high gas is in whereever...I give a damn how high gas is in America. That's where I live. That's where I was born over 65 years ago and I've seen it rise from 17-cents a gallon to over $4, with monumental jumps everytime the democrat party gets into power.

Those other countries have had over 200 years to look and see what we were doing and give it a try, but they sat back, hands out for foreign aide, and cow-towing to their leaders and government.

When I was in Germany from '65 to '68 as was outrageously expensive then, something like $2.50 a liter...that's a LITER. So it hasn't risen that much in over 40 years.

I don't subscribe to the "be Europe first" crowd, we periled life and limb hundreds of years ago to flee those oppressive governments, and I see no reason to hop back in their wagon because someone feels "guilty".

If we tap our own reserves, we would have plenty of gasoline for a long, long, long time and it would be cheap.

Let's start in 2012 by getting rid of the kenyan, and as many democrats as possible and try to remember for the next 100 years to leave the democrats out of the equation...they mean destruction to the United States.


38 posted on 04/05/2011 1:22:59 PM PDT by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: SeekAndFind
An odd trend seems to be that the most of countries that have gas prices under our own, are those same countries that so many politicians routinely cite as "evil" or "undemocratic."  Does Sarah Palin want our oil economy to be more like Iran and Venezuela?

Savor trhe most moronic piece of text you will encounter for quite a while. Let's see. Iran and Venezuela are despotic states with cheap gasoline. What else do they have in common? Something having to do with gasoline. Hmmm.

39 posted on 04/05/2011 1:26:15 PM PDT by Minn
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Just taking Netherlands for example, the total tax on gasoline is about 69% of the price, making the price without taxes about $2.83 per gallon.

In the USA, the average amount of tax on gasoline is about $.52 per gallon. That makes the average cost of gasoline per gallon in the USA a little over $3.00, using the figure in the chart.

That throws a pretty mean curve ball to the chart, doesn’t it?


40 posted on 04/05/2011 1:30:48 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: MNJohnnie
If the author had bother to THINK, for even a heartbeat, he would of realized the sheer idiocy of comparing the USA to countries that are smaller then many of our individual states.

Exactly, he cites the Netherlands for the glory of their cheap gasoline.

We have forty states that are each bigger than the entire country. You could bike across the Netherlands in a day.

41 posted on 04/05/2011 1:32:01 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: savedbygrace

RE: Just taking Netherlands for example, the total tax on gasoline is about 69% of the price, making the price without taxes about $2.83 per gallon.


Now why would the Dutch government put in that high a tax on gasoline unless their purpose is to DISCOURAGE DRIVING?

In fact, I think that’s the rationale behind what they do. Holland however, is a geographically small country that makes public transportation viable throughout. You will kill the US economy if you impose that kind of tax on gasoline.


42 posted on 04/05/2011 1:34:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well well well..Lets talk about the Euro and how well their VAT tax is. And that, is why they pay so high in prices.

This is the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. I dont care what the “F” they pay. That. is. their. problem.


43 posted on 04/05/2011 1:35:05 PM PDT by crz
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To: SeekAndFind

If the rest of the world started jumping off cliffs, there’s a certain part of the population that’d tell us to do it too.


44 posted on 04/05/2011 1:36:55 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: SeekAndFind
OMG, you are comparing our gas prices with their bits of tax to Socialist who have both tax and the cost of their free health care added to their gas price.

Not a rational comparison.

45 posted on 04/05/2011 1:37:28 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's disgusting and if gas prices had doubled under Bush/Chenny the media screaming would be unbelievable.

But here's another way to look at it.

Gas is less than 20 cents a gallon... if you pay in silver coin. Actually two Roosvelt dimes should get you a gallon of gas and about a buck fifty in change!

Silver Coin Calculator

Very eye opening if you look at the prices of goods and services in terms of the value of traditional US silver coin. Really drives home what the Fed has done to us. Interesting times indeed.

46 posted on 04/05/2011 1:49:43 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We can find sources of cheap energy and fuel or we can sit in the dark and huddle together in cities near our work, and abandon our cherished way of life.

What Europe does and what dictators do are their business.


47 posted on 04/05/2011 1:50:54 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: SeekAndFind

So because the rest of the worls taxes the living crap out of gas, we should be on our knees thanking our benevolent government masters?
That sound about right?


48 posted on 04/05/2011 1:51:19 PM PDT by vpintheak (Democrats: Robbing humans of their dignity 1 law at a time)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t give a crap about what other countries pay for gas. Get a life.


49 posted on 04/05/2011 1:51:59 PM PDT by Cannon6
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To: SeekAndFind

The whole world pays the same freaking amount for fuel. It’s the taxes that make the difference.


50 posted on 04/05/2011 2:06:03 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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