When will it stop?

gas prices

When is this going to stop? Prices went down for a little while, but they are definitely on the rise again.

Back in the mid-to-late 80’s I worked at a gas station in Tempe, Arizona. Believe it or not, for a time, Leaded, Unleaded, and Premium were 39¢, 49¢, and 59¢ per gallon. Most people don’t believe me when I say that, but it’s true. I miss the good-old days. These days even my little Toyota Echo takes over $30 to fill. What’s up with that?

7 thoughts on “When will it stop?”

  1. You should feel lucky, in ireland last week I filled up my car with 1.11€ per Liter, which works out to $4.20. If you you include the fact that the Euro it about equal to 1.25$ that makes what I put into the car $5.25 per gallion.

    Thank you lucky stars gas in the U.S. is subsidized

  2. The US prices aren’t high at all :P

    It’s roughly equal to about $7/8 a gallon here in the UK.. though I think I’ve done that calculation wrong and it’s probably a lot more.

  3. Have to agree with Sencer and Branedy. I have no sympathy at all for fuel prices over yonder. I live in the UKand have a small sporty car which does 30 ish mpg which for the UK is pretty low. My boss’ car did 52 mpg cruising on the motorway a couple months back. From what I can tell some US vehicles (4x4s SUVs, abominations to this planet in my eyes) should be measured in gallons to the mile not mpg. So next time time you fill up, even a small sized car in the States, think about us over the Pond. Take your fuel bill, multiply it by 1.5 and change the $ for a £ sign. Now take into account the exchange rate and youll see how much we fork out. So please stop complaining about a few cents rise. Although if it goes high enough perhaps you might look into more economical cars.

  4. I totally agree about SUVs. Way too many people buy them… people who will never go off-road in their lives.

    In our defense, we don’t all drive SUVs. I drive a Toyota Echo. My mpg is 31 city and 38 highway.

    I suppose if you really wanted to do a fair comparison, you would have to look at more factors. What are the differences in wages? How far does the average person have to drive? What public transportation options are available? etc…

    I’m very lucky here in San Francisco, public transportation is awesome! I hardly ever have to drive. We really only use the car for going out of town, and grocery shopping on weekends.

    So you’re probably saying… he has a fuel efficient car, and he primarily rides public transportation… what the hell is he bitching about?

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