Skip to main content

Gas prices too high? Revisiting an old post

Back in April 2006 I wrote a bit of sensationalist tripe about how much more awful the price of a gallon of gas in England was compared to the US. With the recent relentless rise in prices, gas in Orlando now hovers between $3.50/gallon unleaded and $3.60/gallon unleaded; at the time I wrote the 2006 article it had not yet broken the $3/gallon mark.

Gas Prices, Live Oak, Florida
Gas prices, Live Oak, Florida - 4 March 2011

Recently, whilst cruising the BBC website, I came across an article where the English are concerned about petrol hitting 130p (£1.30)/liter. A quick bit of math (1 US gallon = 3.785 liters) and an equivalent US gallon costs 492p, or $7.90 based on today's exchange rates. A gallon of petrol in England is now a $1 more/gallon than it was in 2006.

I feel sorry for the English, especially the regular working types. I can't imagine the kinds of pressures such prices are putting on budgets. I'd also like to apologize to any English readers who come across that old post; I made it sound like it was some terrible place to live, and it's not. If anything, we Americans owe what we are to the English (most notably the Scots), and from a personal perspective my wife and I would love to visit England, Scotland, and Wales to experience first hand the historical and cultural treasures of that part of the world.

High petroleum prices here, in England, and in many other places around the world, go to underscore how desperately we need a better way to power our civilization in a sustainable way. We need to collectively overcome this challenge, or it will slowly grind us all down.


  1. Hi

    don't feel bad, I've visited the UK and have friends working there ... it is a very hard place to live in. But then if you've only lived there you just don't know that.

  2. New Zealand $2.15.9 (so it may as well be $2.16) per litre, except in Christchurch which is still recovering from the earthquake and its $2.10

  3. In Denmark it's the equivalent of USD 2.23 per litre. You americans have it good still, even if it doesn't feel like it. Stupidly enough though the most expensive cars here to buy are the ones that do not guzzle gas. You would think the danish government would give some sort of incentive to buy eco-friendly cars, but no...they just want to get as much taxes in as possible!


Post a Comment

All comments are checked. Comment SPAM will be blocked and deleted.

Popular posts from this blog

A Decade Long Religious Con Job

I rarely write inflammatory (what some might call trolling) titles to a post, but this building you see before you deserves it. I've been seeing this building next to I-4 just east of Altamonte/436 and Crane's Roost for nearly 12 years, and never knew who owned it. Today on a trip up to Lake Mary with my wife I saw it yet again. That's when I told her I wanted to stop by on the way back and poke around the property, and photograph any parts of it if I could.

What I discovered was this still unfinished eighteen story (I counted) white elephant, overgrown with weeds and yet still under slow-motion construction. It looks impressive with its exterior glass curtain walls, but that impression is quickly lost when you see the unfinished lower stories and look inside to the unfinished interior spaces.

A quick check via Google leads to an article written in 2010 by the Orlando Sentinel about the Majesty Tower. Based on what I read in the article it's owned by SuperChannel 55 WA…

Be Careful of Capital One Mailings

Capitol One ("What's in your wallet?") sent me a bit of deceptive snail mail today. I felt sure it was a credit card offer, and sure enough, it was. I open all credit card offers and shred them before putting them in the trash. Normally I just scan the front to make sure I don't miss anything; the Capital One offer made me stop for a moment and strike a bit of fear into my heart.

The letter's opening sentence read:
Our records as of December 30, 2009 indicate your Capital One Platinum MasterCard offer is currently valid and active.Not paying close attention during the first reading, I quickly developed this irrational worry that I was actually on the hook for something important, but I wasn't quite sure what. The letter listed "three ways to reply" at the bottom; via phone, the internet, and regular snail mail. I elected to call.

Once I reached the automated phone response system, the first entry offered was '1', to "activate my Capital …

cat-in-a-box channels greta garbo

So I'm sitting at my computer, when I start to notice a racket in back. I ignore it for a while until I hear a load "thump!", as if something had been dropped on the floor, followed by a lot of loud rattling. I turn around and see Lucy in the box just having a grand old time, rolling around and rattling that box a good one. I grab the GX1 and snap a few shots before she notices me and the camera, then leaps out and back into her chair (which used to be my chair before she decided it was her chair).

Just like caring for Katie my black Lab taught me about dogs, caring for Lucy is teaching me about cats. She finds me fascinating, as I do her. And she expresses great affection and love toward me without coaxing. I try to return the affection and love, but she is a cat, and she takes a bat at me on occasion, although I think that's just her being playful. She always has her claws in when she does that.

She sits next to me during the evening in her chair while I sit in mi…