|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.