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American Pain at the Gas Pump is Self-Inflicted

Bloomberg -- American drivers feel less “pain at the pump” than all but a handful of other nations – most of which major oil producers that heavily subsidize fuel prices. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg.com’s quarterly gasoline price ranking, and one that’s at odds with the experience of many Americans.

If filling the tank in the U.S. is as relatively painless as the ranking shows, why do many Americans say it hurts so much?

The gas ranking first ran in May, when U.S. gasoline prices spiked, to put some of the campaign-season economic and political debate into perspective. The pain factor is calculated by dividing a nation’s average price per gallon of gasoline by its average daily income. In other words, it’s the share of a person’s wallet needed to buy a gallon of gasoline in each country.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 12:10:05 AM

some of us remember, LEC.
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 4:03:27 AM

Drive smart or don't drive at all
CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2012 12:25:00 AM

Another thing to think about; in Europe, people may not have to travel long distances to see friends, relatives or commute to work. Many Europeans find going 30-50 Km. is beyond any comprehension; 50 km. may take them through many countries. In N. America friends and relatives may live hundreds of miles or kilometres away; equivalent to going through 10 countries in Europe.
Yes, maybe I'm exaggerating, but you get my drift, N. Americans are driving greater distances as compared to Europeans.
This is not self-inflicted "per se"; N. American, social conventions due to greater distances demands that we continue to drive greater distances, to meet our obligations.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 11:44:56 PM


I think perhaps Deg wasn't alive when Bush was president, as he doesn't know how high fuel was during his term!
GasGirl1971
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 6:18:22 PM

Higher prices are higher prices and hurts no matter where you live if the prices shouldn't be as high as they are!!
JamesCalvin
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 4:33:50 PM

now they are blaming us?!!!!?
clpassenubye
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:12:44 PM

I think not
WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:10:15 PM

Inflicted by Wall St.!
FunMyster
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:02:12 PM

Self inflicted?
PCWHIZ
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 11:55:50 AM

Self-inflicted?
remay
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 10:31:15 AM

".. pain factor is calculated by dividing a nation’s average price per gallon of gasoline by its average daily income ..."

More Bloooomerberg junk...

Might the PAIN have to do with how MUCH of the expensive stuff is purchased, not just ONE gallon?
rcornero
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 9:15:18 AM

Who the heck writes this stuff? If we had sane energy and Middle East policies, gas would be under $2 a gallon!
blupupher
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 8:14:47 AM

I don't care what gas prices are in socialistic or communist countries.
WalRus49
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 7:09:00 AM

Bunk!
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 1:39:29 AM

The truth is that Europe and much of the remaining civilized world is "washed up" and the last bastion of freedom yet unconquered is America. If America falls into complete subjugation along with the remainder of the world, there will be a dark age such as not been seen for a long time.

The only reason that Europe has been spared the "sooner" enslavement that is coming is that too many Americans (liberal, conservative, Democrats, Republicans, etc.) would possibly "wake up" and join the effort to stop it.
Tehbob
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 1:12:46 AM

K; How about one letter responses?
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:31:57 AM

I don't know which is worse, those who leave two letter comments or those who just copy and paste the same, lame, bumper sticker slogans on all of the forums.

At least attempt to think, fellas.
crreed1
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:27:25 AM

BS
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:25:05 AM

Pain is not as serious as the impact on the economy. I cut back purchases in other areas.
Goat2008
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:20:50 AM

Gasoline is cheap in the USA compared to most countries in the world.
carloco75
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:19:45 AM

One can lead to the other...doesn't change the legal rip at the pump..

[Edited by: carloco75 at 9/22/2012 12:23:39 AM EST]
WIPACKERFAN
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:15:53 AM

WHAT?
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:14:40 AM

Silly article.
Glock26
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:14:20 AM

Say's the man who's got a large chunk of his money tied up in the oil company's!!!
jkpsr
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:12:25 AM

Fuel is a bargain in the US!
farn1958
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:12:18 AM

bunch of BS.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:11:30 AM

LESS PAIN? Puh-lease.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:11:17 AM

I guess there is some modern benefit for having developed the petroleum industry ... we still enjoy mostly reduced prices ...

It's all about perspective ...
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:10:53 AM

Self-inflicted / elected because we elected Bozama.

If you still need a reason to defeat Obama then consider his administration’s intense effort to deprive America of the energy it needs to function and compete in the world.

If a foreign nation had launched an attack on America to destroy its coal-fired plants, to shut down its coal mines, and to thwart its ability to drill for oil and natural gas, we would be at war with it.

Obama is at war with America.
bugc
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:09:34 AM

I've seen others
rahcat
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:09:23 AM

Maybe someone should inflict some pain on Bloomberg.
quasar502
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:08:59 AM

It's pure speculative GREED is what it is.
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:08:43 AM

whatever
heartbroken2010
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:08:40 AM

it hurts anywhere.
wendy1john32
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We need a sane energy policy that recognizes that a healthy economy is tied to low energy prices.
CivicMA
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:05:59 AM

Right! It's all our fault that the big oil companies continually gouge us, pocket the proceeds, beg for and get gov't subsidies and cry poor-mouth!
7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:05:10 AM

Not!!!
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:03:27 AM

And how...
letterchunker
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:03:18 AM

American Pain at the Gas Pump is big oil-Inflicted. Prices don't have to be that high. Just look at all their excessive profits
yakstar
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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2012 12:03:11 AM

band-aid anyone?
wilbur_gas
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:59:53 PM

Define pain.
gasmack
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:58:32 PM

Hmmmm...
Bezalel
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:58:26 PM

How high are our prices if you factor in the SUBSIDIES to Big Oil? Stop subsidies until All refined product stays here!
Marson
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:56:36 PM

Interesting viewpoint.
Jeeputtputt
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:56:03 PM

WHAATTT?
Number43
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:50:11 PM

pain at the pump comes from speculators.It's ok if obummer taxes them to the foodstamp lines.
Is246
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:46:54 PM

This is just more propaganda to support high gas prices.
jrsva
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:41:49 PM


The US has had incredibly low fuel prices forever. We should be grateful that gasoline has remained cheap, not complaining about it. If it was $8 or $10 there would be reason for complaint.
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:41:41 PM

I think you may have missed the point of the article, @Ply440GTX. We have relatively low gas prices compared to the average salary but we make it up in the amount of gas we use and hence, there's the pain at the pump.
RomneySucks
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:40:07 PM

Right!
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2012 11:39:31 PM

Actually, @gsayeg1, pretty much all of those other countries pay a higher gas tax than we do here. Some countries pay up to a 50% tax on every gallon or liter of gas. Of course, they use that money to actually maintain the roads.

What a novel concept!
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