On Jun 12, 1:09 am, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Fortunatley, it's not that easy to fool people with this lame
attempt. Let's look at the truth. Below is a recent NY Times
article that does a nice job of summarizing the European situation.
It states that in France, gasoline has gone up 8% in the last year.
Which actually doesn't sound too bad. But then you have to realize
that gasoline is far more heavily taxed in France than it is in the
USA, so a change in the price of the actual gasoline is diluted
percentage wise by the high taxes. If you exclude taxes, gasoline in
France actually went up 19% in a year.
That plus reactions to the soaring European prices, protests, etc are
very nicely covered in the NY Times piece. Long live the truth!
"Irate Europeans Protest the Soaring Price of Gasoline
European governments, already under pressure from slowing economic
growth and falling tax revenue, are increasingly concerned the anger
could grow. On Tuesday, faced with furious truckers, President Nicolas
Sarkozy of France called for the European Union to cap fuel taxes — a
proposal immediately rejected by other countries that count on the
income to bolster their budgets.
PARIS — Marie Schneberger has always been thrifty about gasoline. The
high price of filling up made it prohibitively expensive for Ms.
Schneberger, a middle-income airline employee, to own anything bigger
than a Fiat subcompact.
But with prices surging past 1.40 euro a liter in France (about $8.20
a gallon), Ms. Schneberger’s old economies have proved insufficient.
So, she recently started taking the Métro to work and splitting the
use of her car with two other women, to share fuel costs.
Truckers stopped traffic in London Tuesday to protest fuel costs and
to demand government fuel rebates.
For instance, the cost of a liter of unleaded gasoline surged 17
percent in the last 12 months in Britain, 15 percent in Austria and 8
percent in France.
Yet, the latest price shock has reignited the trend. Moshiur Rahman, a
28-year-old newspaper vendor in London, said higher fuel prices meant
that he could no longer afford to drive to work. He now travels more
than an hour by train every day.
In Warsaw, where gas prices are nearing 5 zloty ($2.31), a liter,
Leszek Tumkiewicz tries to leave his Polonez — a fuel-intensive
communist-era car — at home."
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