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Re: a dumb query? pls humor me

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Roberto C. Sanchez wrote:
> On Sun, Feb 25, 2007 at 08:52:27AM +0100, Joe Hart wrote:
>> Please don't start talking about gas prices.  It makes me think about
>> how much we get ripped off at the pumps.  Current price is 1.40 Euro per
>> liter.  Do the math:  1.3 Euro = 1 Dollar.  3.8 liter = 1 US Gallon.
>> It's not much better anywhere in Europe.  That's why most people drive
>> small cars.
> I would think that like most places, Europe's gas prices are primarily
> taxes and not the actual cost of oil.  Besides, population densities in
> European cities tends to be higher than in US cities, so higher prices
> are a way of discouraging ownership/operation of personal motor vehicles
> and use of public transit (which is much more reliable/available in most
> European cities).
> Now, what I would be interested to know is how gas prices in Canada
> compare to those in the US and Europe.  I know that when I visited
> Puerto Rico a few years ago, gas prices there were comparable to Europe,
> even though most of their taxes were comparatively quite low.  This may
> have to do with the large number of automobiles on such a small island
> prompting the government there to heavily tax gasoline because the
> "audience" is captive and as a discouragement against driving too much.
> Of course, you can drive from one end of the island to the other in just
> a few hours.
> Regards,
> -Roberto

The taxes are quite high, but they are also high inside the U.S. (each
state sets it's own tax).  However, for this country, one of the reasons
that the price is so high is that we import everything.  We have no
refineries.  We export flowers and cheese though.  Oh, and dope, but
that's not official.

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