I was reading an article about oil prices and how they affect European
people and politics (full article at
So I have a question, this guy Albrect, who is an "analyst with the German
Automobile Club" said:
"People are reacting very emotionally now because for us, gas is like the
bread in other countries," Albrecht said. "Gasoline is a major factor in
most family budgets."
now, they just got through saying that American's gasoline consumption is
50% than some european average (not sure what that is? 1000 gal/year?), and
that gasoline in Germany recently went above 2 DM/litre, which is supposed
to convert to $3.80 / gallon.
So do you think that Albrect's statement is true? (in general, not for
Dear L Danish
Using Dept. of Transport, Environment and Regions (interesting
juxtaposition of conflicting? interests here) data here in the UK, a
typical nuclear (ahem) family could be spending around 3000 UK
pounds (4500 US dollars) so this could form a significant fraction of
income (esp after tax) I think median earnings are around 20000
UK pounds before tax and deductions, but both adults may not be
full earners in the above scenario. Of course, the mean annual
mileage is significantly inflated by ludicrous commuting distances
and the driving of children to school etc. Apparently this latter
journey frequently results in a drive straight back home again -
there is a limit to the number of shopping/recycling (ha) trips which
can be coordinated into the school-run. More seriously, the
massive commercial mileages undertaken for goods production and
distribution which I assume are partially affected by rising petrol
prices, result in higher prices for all the contents of the consumer
basket. As an example, I heard of pasta produced in Italy being
driven to Scotland for sauce and packaging to be added before
being redistributed (by road of course) to places like Cornwall...
Whatever happenned to haggis and pasties...