I second that. All over Europe the gas cost so much more because higher government and local taxes, but they all buy it for about the same $110/barrel as the US. UK TAX: “…the combined tax at 65.24p/litre, or approximately USD $5.00 per gallon. (Thus without tax, the retail price would be 34.76p per litre, making a combined tax rate of 188%…” US TAX: Together Federal and State excise taxes on fuel account for an average cost of approximately (ranges from state to state) 62 cents per gallon for California and 27 cents per gallon for Alaska. Out of the now $3.50 a gallon, which is interestingly enough about the same average price for California and Alaska. (1 us gallon = 3.785liter) But driving distances differ. On West coast of US. for example… having no real option for public transportation, and spread out city planning, you must drive… and far usually.
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