Can We Please Stop Complaining About Gas Prices?

Everywhere I turn, whether it be the television, a cafe on the corner or a phone conversation with a friend, everyone is complaining about the same thing…gas prices. “The price of gas is out of control!”…”I cannot believe the price of gas!”. Believe me, I don’t like paying for it either, but I try to keep a few things in mind when I get my gas receipt:

1. We pay less per gallon than most any other country on earth. Yep, that’s right.
2. It is not going to go down. Ever. Sure, it will drop two cents and everyone will feel better, but then it will go up 3 cents a week later, so you don’t notice the increase. And it is only going to go up.

The United States pays lower gas prices than 101 other countries…there are only 40 that pay less than we do. The UK pays the second highest, and Turkmenistan pays the least amount. Countries where people make way less money than we do here, have less choices in public transportation and get less assistance from their government have it way worse than we do.

Sure, it kind of sucks that you might have to spend $200 a month on gasoline. But imagine living in the UK and spending $800 per month for the same amount of driving. No wonder they all have small cars; I think that is what we all need here too. So please…can we stop complaining about the price of gas and find something worth complaining about?

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  1. Justin says:

    I agree; unfortunately many people feel it is their right to have cheap gasoline.

  2. david says:

    Glad to see others feel the same way!

  3. kevin says:

    The people who complain the loudest about gas prices are invariably the ones who drive the least fuel efficient vehicles, which I guess is an American birthright. If the government was really swrious bout fuel conservation, larger fuel inefficient vehicles would be taxed heavily, which is why you see so many small cars in Europe and Asia…their governments don’t subsidize the privelege of driving like we do in America.

  4. I drive a gas guzzler, but I don’t complain about gas prices. I am quite aware that I could drive a more fuel efficient car if I desired (Hubby does). That said… it’s not just smaller cars that we need. More $$ needs to go toward designing and developing cars that use alternative power sources. Then we won’t need gas!

  5. Matt says:

    I mentally grumble about increases in gas prices because I don’t really want to pay more. But with that said I know we’ve got low gas prices compared to the rest of the world and to top that off we’ve got lots of space and our cites are extremely spread out requiring lots of driving. Heck if we were to include the cost of cleaning up some of the pollution that all of our inefficient cars put into the atmosphere then we’d be paying even more.

    The price of gas was one of the main reasons I got a job where I could take transit… now my monthly fill ups don’t stress me out as much as th 3 fill ups a week I was doing before.

  6. Tim says:

    the data is pretty dated considering it was from 1999. Plus, it doesn’t take into account the percentage of cars to public transportation or other transportation modes used in many of those countries.

    i don’t think people who drive gass guzzlers are necessarily the ones grumbling the most. I grumble and I have a fuel efficient car. then again, i’m a tight arse.

    people in the u.s. aren’t grumbling too loudly, b/c i still see the vast majority driving alone in their cars to work. i think the media is loudest in advertising the high gas prices. people just aren’t concerned about it enough yet. there needs to be a few more years of sustained high gas prices to see the real impact. people obviously have enough money; otherwise, we would be back to the K cars and chrysler horizons that were so popular in the 80’s. we aren’t there yet.

    instead of grumbling about it, just buy more oil company stock.

  7. Brainy Smurf says:

    I’ve vented about this too…

    I think the best argument is that the bottled water you see so many people walking around with costs more than gasoline and you don’t see people moaning about the price of water…

  8. I hate paying this much for gas prices although I do know that many countries pay more. I also know that some countries pay less.

    Either way we need to fix our fuel dependency. We need to get more dependent on ourselves.

  9. David says:

    Thanks for all the comments everyone. Although getting into smaller cars and out of the giant SUV’s is one thing we need to do, reducing our consumption in general also needs to happen. So even if you can afford it, its not really the wisest thing for us to continue to burn the oil at the rate that we do. Hopefully one day technology will catch up with our needs and free us from oil altogether. Thanks!

  10. Baz L says:

    As to who complains, it’s going to be the folks with the big cars and cheapskates with small cars like myself. I don’t want to pay more for gas, simple.

    But there is something to be said for supply and demand. If we had a few less lil’ old ladies driving around Ford F250s (Yep, I’m in the great TX) we wouldn’t have that problem.

    Unless you need a truck, I don’t see why you’d ever want to own one. I can think of a total of 3 times in the past 4 years that I’ve ever needed a truck for anything. I think you can just rent one on those off occasions. Unless of course you have something to haul. But I really hate seeing those big empty trucks with the shiny empty beds.

    SUVs: The suburban. Wow, personally it’s an eyesore for me. But I know that some people have big families and whatever. What I am against is people who buy these huge SUVs and trucks because “they look cool”. There are soooo many other alternatives. But hey, everything’s supposed to be bigger in TX right?

    When hybrids get more affordable or I win the lottery, I’ll get one. Until then I’ll have to manage on 31 mpg in my compact.

    Baz L
    Day In The Life of Baz

  11. david says:

    31 MPG is nothing to sneeze at Baz! That’s better than most people get…

  12. Baz L says:

    Yeah, that was one of my main factors when searching for a new car. I could have gotten into a better loaded mid-sized car: rims, sunroof, all that good stuff.

    I guess some people think of $3.69 as nothing. “Shoot, that’s just a couple of bucks”, right? But they often forget the “per Gallon” that you need to tack onto that.

    Hey, I’m poor and proud of it.

    Baz L
    Day In The Life of Baz

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