Saturday, August 20, 2005

Kuwait, Egypt or Venezuela -- which one do you prefer?

For those people who are complaining high and low about gas prices in the United States, I have tried to explain to these people about how the prices are still well below what citizens of some other countries (including poor and developing ones) are paying for a gallon of gas.

Finally, I have some credible evidence that I can point to, and you can choose to drive in any of the three places listed above in the title. They have gas that is way cheaper per gallon than the United States. Gas in Moscow is also cheaper but not by enough to merit a move from the US to Moscow. Other places might seem enticing for these V-8 SUV driving gas-price complainers.
I also tried to explain the whole demand-supply logic but people seem to only care about gas price going back to $1.50 per gallon for their beloved behemoth SUV. People in America need to cut demands by driving smaller vehicles and owning fewer vehicles per family. They also need to stop driving to a store that they can walk to. They need to learn the benefits of car pooling and public transportation so that fewer vehicles are on the street and lesser gas is consumed overall. It's not that the price of gas is high. The reason it hurts us is because we go through that many gallons of it. Compare it to buying milk. Today milk is $2.49 a gallon at my grocery store. But I don't go through one gallon of it per person per day. However, had I owned an SUV that ran on milk and so did Noddy, we would get 20 miles per milk gallon and that would mean going through 2 milk gallons if we drove nowhere except to work and back. At that point, milk is unbearably expensive too .. just like gas is today. So it's not whether or not gas is expensive. It's whether or not we're spending a lot on gas and THAT needs to be curtailed. You cannot control global gas prices but you can control your usage amounts so that your monthly petroleum bill can shrink.

A) Car pool -- even with one other person, it helps. The more the better but coordination can be an issue.

B) Use public transport -- in bigger cities this might be very convenient but in smaller cities it might get to be a problem depending on routes, frequencies and safety.

C) Do you really need a V8? -- If you have to have a large vehicle, at least offset it by making the second vehicle a small one. Husbands of minivan moms can live with driving just a reliable Honda Civic to work and back. Maybe an SUV is a better idea than a minivan so that you can tow stuff, haul stuff and stuff kids and their accessories in it. But offset it with a car that demands very little gasoline and will definitely not be the first off the block at a red light.

D) Do you need two cars? -- Surely don't inconvenience yourself or your spouse by dealing with problems that come when a couple shares one car. But for some families, this is a very affordable and often the only least until the children arrive.

And if you're one of the people who doesn't get bothered by gas prices .... enjoy yourself and skip this post in it's entirety!!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one of the those V-8 SUV's and am NOT complaining. Yes the prices are up, however my family will be very safe within the SUV that we own. My family is the most important aspect of my life, not the cost of gas.

I prefer the United States of America.

How about Hydrogen, hybrids are only solving part of the solution. IMHO

10:39 AM  
Blogger Sheeshers said...

Good deal then ... the last line of the blog applies to you. Ignore the rest of it. The rest applies to people who DO complain, which is obviously not you.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, fine. :-)

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Do you include the V-8 sports cars too?

8:39 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

Great point! Egypt's gas prices are wonderful!! If you figure that since the price per litre there is 90 piastres, you take that times four, (to get apx. one gallon), then divide that number by 6 (360 divided by 6) which is the apx ratio of Egyptian pounds to the American Dollar, and you come up with a whopping 60 cents per gallon. Having lived in Egypt, I don't mind it so much. It's tempting. And we walked a lot more

1:45 PM  

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