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How Americans Really React to High Gas Prices


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Agnes
- 2390 days ago - theatlanticcities.com
Americans love to gripe about high gas prices, but they actually pay some of the lowest fuel costs in the world [PDF]. Part of the reason for this hidden discount is that lawmakers have refused to raise the federal gasoline tax since 1993. In fact the



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wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Saturday December 3, 2011, 7:38 pm
> Americans love to gripe about high gas prices
same idiocy here, EU, AT (much fueled by the mass (stupidification) media)

I'm old enough to remember times when a bus or tram ticket cost about half the price of a liter of gas.
NOW, a ticket is more than twice the price of 1 l.

And if some alien would believe the griping, it'd think that this was exactly the other way round !

 

Wioletta S (69)
Sunday December 4, 2011, 11:18 pm
let's change gas for electric
 

Carol H (229)
Monday December 5, 2011, 11:33 am
and look at all those SUVs out there!!!
 

Erin R (181)
Monday December 5, 2011, 11:39 am
Thank you, Agnes!
 

Holly Lawrence (430)
Monday December 5, 2011, 12:46 pm
I don't care about the gas prices in other parts of the World ,, I care about what I pay for gas here in California!
 

Robert O (12)
Monday December 5, 2011, 12:51 pm
Thanks Agnes.
 

TERRY R (268)
Monday December 5, 2011, 12:53 pm
FUEL PRICES IN THE UK ARE TOO HIGH ALSO.
 

Vallee R (280)
Monday December 5, 2011, 2:03 pm
Thanks Agnes - seems lots to us - but we have bigger problems now.
 

Rita White (55)
Monday December 5, 2011, 3:22 pm
Noted, thanks
 

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 10:36 am
People get fooled by current gas prices because the fact is the TRENDS continually go up. If you paid a certain amount 2 years ago, and it went up last year, then all it has to do is go down a bit below last year's price and people think they're getting a good deal---when in reality it's still more than 2 years ago, and the TREND is a steady uphill curve with simply little meaningless dips and rises WITHIN the trend.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 12:46 pm
Thanks Agnes! I'm with Kenneth on this, anyone hear remember under a $1/gallon gas? I do and miss it, but it was because of that low cost that we got where we are right now. Without the monetary incentive to develop alternate energy we languished, enjoying our relationship (imagined) with oil and forgot that it has a shelf life, and a penalty for use...
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 2:39 pm
My reaction was to be rid of the car and use a bicycle. I've been disgusted by the prices of fuel here in the USA and over in Europe and other places in the world since the 70s and 80s; a gallon of gas is worth about 75 at most and $3 is just as wrong as $7 for it. The excess prices of fuel and modern car 'accessories and options' has turned me permanently away from ever again considering driving anything more than a 120 mile per gallon plus assist-motor equipped bicycle. No licensing hassles, no racketeering insurance scam, no huge maintenance bills.
 

Glenville J Owen (0)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 2:48 pm
Oops, when I read the story headline I thought that Americans were having the same problem as people over here in the UK, high gas prices, but of course, the story referred to gas, as in petrol, an easy mistake to make and I must say, made me chuckle somewhat.
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 3:09 pm
I drive as little as I can and that is pretty little. I just combine errands to one trip. If I forget something-too bad, so sad-I wait until I have several more errands before I drive again.
 

Alicia N (87)
Tuesday December 6, 2011, 7:48 pm
noted-thanks
 

Deborah L (70)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 2:52 am
I remember when I bought gas for about 20 to 30 cents a gallon, late 60's-early 70's. I earned $1.60 hour and worked 48 hours every week .I even paid more money to the federal government one year than Pres. Richard Nixon did, according to his tax records he let out to the press and even though he claimed he made 20 times as much money as I did, I paid more taxes.
On my job we were told that after 40/wk we would get overtime but we never did. Thing was, I could pay rent on an apartment, it took 3 1/2 weeks working after taxes to do so, food was a lot cheaper then, bought a used car and a new 350cc Super Sport Honda motorcycle,which I paid cash for the day I bought it, gasoline,insurance and a few utility bills, had a puppy and still could buy a few other things. And I was able to save a little each week, not much more than 5-maybe 10 dollars, but we had better buying power that we don't have today. I was even able to buy a house, it was much cheaper to buy then to rent at that time, so I bought a furnished 1 bedroom home about 1 1/2 miles from work. You cannot do that today because by the time you pay taxes and maybe a roof over your head, the money is gone. I don't know what is going to happen, but I fear it is not good for the majority of us.
When there are still a few of Americans that have a job and no one else is doing well I wonder what the rich people will do when no one can afford their products anymore. Once I can no longer afford something, i learn to live without it and I am certain many other people do also.
Noted.
 

Kristen H (25)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 6:03 am
thanks for the article. Lots of math. And, cities like mine where things are very spread out and the public transit is not so spread out and only runs the routes once every 30 minutes, as opposed to once every 10 or 15 minutes - it is not nearly as efficient to ride a bus as it is to drive. Add in factors such as taking children to daycare and picking them up, going to the bank or grocery store, and bus changes in downtown depots to catch connectors to neighboring cities - and you're talking at least a 2 hour delay getting to work - when, on the contrary, you could get there in an hour if you drove.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 7, 2011, 7:20 am
Noted.
 

Terri Hughes (416)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 12:05 pm
There is no reason for gas prices to go up because there is not a gas shortage. It's just the big oil companies that are being GREEDY. And with so many people out of work, this should not be happening.
 

Douglas K (134)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 2:22 pm
Oil dependency is unacceptable. The auto companies have sold out America by not getting off of foreign oil. They must be seized and dictated to as to what sort of propulsion/fuel system U.S. consumer cars can have. This is a national security matter and there is an addiction to oil that must be effectively addressed and entirely ended.
 
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