2008-06-22

SEK 14, so what?

The price of petrol goes up, like any summer. So what? It's not high enough. Take a drive at rush hour, just look at all those cars and see what kind of effect this price has. None whatsoever. Watch how people drive on a highway. Their speed, their distance to the vehicle in front of them, watch those red tail lights flickering. Most drivers could easily reduce their petrol consumption by 10-20 percent by driving smoothly. Why don't they? Because they don't care. Apparently, petrol is still way too cheap.

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4 comments:

Pia K said...

Like oh too often it's way easier to complain, than see taxes and high prices as a way of actually paying for research into ecofriendly alternatives and so forth. Etc etc.

Per Stromsjo said...

Yep. Twenty years ago I was convinced that the streets would be half deserted when the petrol reached SEK 10. Nowadays, I think maybe at 20. Maybe.

Elizabeth said...

I'm with you on this one!
In the US -where we are now - it is way too cheap.
My other thought is that if we just use all the petrol up in our nasty SUV's then we will have to start again with something cleaner and better......
ps we do not own a car and rely on public transportation.

Per Stromsjo said...

Due to differences in taxation petrol is of course a lot cheaper in the US, a fact which certainly doesn't help in fighting climate change. It might help in fighting elections though, I bet you won't hear a lot about gas taxes during the next few months...

I'm driving a hybrid myself but having no car at all is of course even better. Stockholm happens to have excellent public transportation although we might be looking at a bus drivers' strike starting tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth.

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