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Have Gas prices affected you (probably U.S. specific)?

I realized this weekend that gas prices have finally affected me. There was a user group meeting on Saturday in downtown, and I chose not to go because I wanted to make it more days without having to fill up.

I know that other countries pay much higher gas prices, and would probably love to pay what we are paying here. But for me, who was paying $1.70 a gallon not even a year ago, it's a bit of a shock.
Permalink Cory Foy 
August 18th, 2005
I'm a pretty heavy commuter at times, compared to the average, and honestly compared to all of the other costs gas really doesn't seem that significant, and really I think people (and the media) are over-dramatizing the impact, and it is more psychological (coupled with a perverse denial about how expensive cars really are before you even factor in gas).

e.g. I drive on a toll highway which costs me from $3.00 to $5.00 per way, get a coffee that costs from $1.55 - $3.00, depreciate the vehicle who knows how many dollars (probably about $0.20 a kilometer), bring myself that much closer to the next service appointment, wear down the tires, and pay enough auto insurance that it costs about $0.25 a kilometer. Couple in the huge taxes needed to cover the transportation infrastructure, and the unaccounted cost of pollution.

By comparison, gas in my vehicle costs around $0.10 per kilometer. I still find it remarkable that pushing some heated water through some virtually limitless quantities coffee grounds costs far more than a limited and huge demand resource explored and sucked out of the ground.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
August 18th, 2005
Hell yes it affects me - I pay US$4 per gallon.
Permalink Flasher T 
August 18th, 2005
I'll continue to drive to work as long as there's a net gain for doing so.

I get 25mpg (US gallons) currently, but I'm not going to trade in for a 40mpg+ hybrid -- all my miles are highway miles, and hybrids don't do that well at 80mph (they run on the gas motor at those speeds, negating any improvements).
Permalink example 
August 18th, 2005
Probably US specific???

Yeah, cos the rest of the world isn't bothered by petrol prices. Which are currently topping $6 a US gallon over here.

And the power company has written to us saying that they have to put their prices up by another 15%...


I just love the way Americans think high oil prices are a US problem.
Permalink Katie Lucas 
August 18th, 2005
Neat how we get such high oil prices in an oil president's second term...

It certainly has an effect on other people, but I would sure maintain that it is a U.S. problem, in so much as the cause is concerned.
Permalink I am Jack's infinite id 
August 18th, 2005
"I just love the way Americans think high oil prices are a US problem."

Ermmm, the world portrays Americans as gas pigs, driving their mega vehicles and commuting massive distances. Of course that's pretty much true. I presume this was the foundation of the OPs subject line, given that we're constantly schooled about how Europe is so amazingly considerate with resource usage, carefully sipping a teaspoon of gas for their motorized bicycle.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
August 18th, 2005
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