Rokman’s Hideaway

High Pricing for Fuel.
March 3, 2007, 3:52 am
Filed under: Pet Peeves

Gas prices are incredibly high in Canada.  Why are we paying double the cost for gas over the U.S.? Isn’t Canada supposed to the the “have” country in regards to oil and the US a “have not”?

I was talking to an American client the other day and listened to her complain about the price of gas. She said she pulled into her local service station and gasped when she saw that the price was “$2.29 a gallon/US, that’s outrageous”, she complained. She was completely unimpressed with the sky rocketing gas prices in the US.

I replied, that she should be thankful that she was not living in that Great Canadian land mass just North of her where we are paying 102.9/litre these days (there are approximately 4 liters to a gallon). She quickly realized how much better off they are in the States in regards to gasoline prices.

Why do we pay double for fuel in comparision to what Americans are paying? Aren’t we supposed to be the ones with all the Oil? Don’t we sit on some of the largest supplies of Oil in the entire world? If the concern is the enviroment and the price of gas is high to disuade us from using more fuel, why aren’t American’s not experiencing the same kind of pain we Canadians do? Considering our resources, shouldn’t the cost be either lower or at least equal for both countries? Shouldn’t Americans be paying at least the same to encourage their citizens to conserve their fuel consumption.

Higher costs for fuel are the fastest way to encourage people not to use so much of it. The extra money American’s could pay for fuel could be used towards developing green technologies and encouraging mass transit in their country.


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