Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Last night I saw an advert for GMC, and it's offering a 3 year fixed gas price of $2.99 for every SUV sold. Pretty amazing what they'll do isn't it. It's not that I agree gas prices should be high (I am a fan of low cost of driving), there has to be a cost for the environmental impact of cars out there, and this is one way to make people really think about whether they need to drive - but this post is more about wishing the US would see itself in more of a global context.
Gas prices aren't high in the US, they're not at the bottom of the scale either, but they're closer to the bottom than top by far...........just a couple of examples from countries with similar (and lower) wage levels than the US.........
UK (Devon) - $9.15 per gallon
France - $8.30 per gallon (april price)
Slovenia - $6.42 per gallon (april price)
Greece - $6.38 per gallon (april price)
Chile - $4.80 per gallon
Hawaii - $4.18 per gallon
It's not like the other countries here don't complain about gas prices, they most certainly do, but there isn't the national hysteria there seems to be in some places here. Every news round I see has to mention how bad gas prices are, and I appreciate that it makes a big impact to families and people on a budget, i'm just getting a little tired of hearing "how bad it is" 24/7, when it isn't 'that' bad at all......