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Fuel prices

Truckers are blocking the border between Spain and France, Portuguese fishers have laid down their work, and today all Dutch truckdrivers will drive 50 km/h on the highway for a while. Everyone else who needs to use the road is complaining already, but I for one support the actions. Why? Check this:

Country / price of 1 liter Euro 95 / Price of 1 liter diesel (gasoline) - prices in Euro

Netherlands 1.627 1.439
Belgium 1.560 1.401
Finland 1.497 1.363
Italy 1.476 1.530
Portugal 1.474 1.389
Germany 1.455 1.382
France 1.416 1.348
Austria 1.290 1.308
Spain 1.250 1.323
Luxembourg 1.230 1.138
Ireland 1.207 1.246
Serbia 1.180 1.160
Greece 1.141 1.124
Slovenia 1.114 1.188

Our country has the most expensive fuel of all the countries with the Euro currency. Joe Average feels it in more ways than one. He has to pay more for his own fuel, but also all other prices are going up fast because stores and companies get charged more for their transported goods. It affects everything from the supermarket to a planeticket. In a lot of countries the labor unions are already negotiating with their governments for compensation. Over here, that's not the case. "There's simply no money to compensate you guys." is the message. The worst part is that the money made with the price increase is not going to pump-owners, or the government, but to the oilsheiks. It's all about supply and demand. Swell.

And on top of that, Dutch VAT (Dutch: BTW) is going up from 19 to 20 % next year. Health care is being stripped. Pensionfunds are losing money with bad stocks. I either need to emigrate or find peace with the fact that I'll be working until my 72nd birthday.


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Jun. 12th, 2008 08:27 am (UTC)
heh. Als de problemen die ontstaan door oprakende fossiele brandstoffen zich beperken tot steigende prijzen en onvrede in de portomonnee de komende 10-20 jaar dan zou dat uiterst positief wezen.

Heb je je ooit verdiept in piek olie? volgens pessimisten is de huidige brandstof crisis pas een onschuldig voorteken van een way-of-life gebouwd rondom goedkope eindige brandstof die op instorten staat. Emigreren heeft geen zin, we zitten wereldwijd in een zinkend ship.

Edited at 2008-06-12 08:42 am (UTC)
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:46 am (UTC)
So I'm thinking Belgium.
Jun. 12th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Country full of crazy drivers.
Jun. 12th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC)
I would suggest moving to Norway but it's like $12 USD/ gallon errr 2,5 something/ liter... Not better here. The only good news is if you live in Oslo, public transport costs seem rather fixed, so it's not fluctuating much. I understand your pain though, if this oil crisis is causing this much grief and transport issues, it seems like the only sustaining solution is to look for alternate renewable sources of energy (not biofuel!) like wind or solar...
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
Why aren't we panicking more about the fact that at the moment renewable energy sources cannot even cover 5% of the worlds power consumption? (and at much higher costs then oil you may add) We need a paradigm shift in our thinking and doing to survive the crisis that will arise the coming years. :/
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
Well, actually there are some exciting inventions on the horizon that will generate LOTS of power (unless 1 device generating the power for 100,000 homes isn't a lot). :)

The solar turbine they are developing in Australia has quite a lot of promise. http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/01/technology/towerofpower0802.biz2/index.htm

I think you could line the equator with those and it the power generated could be harvested and routed to other less sunny regions of the world. After the initial cost of of building the structure, there is almost no maintenance costs as the only moving parts inside are the turbines powered by the sun. I think something like that is very very cool. And even if it isn't the solution, it's the start of some serious change of thought as far as how humans harvest energy.
Jun. 12th, 2008 10:19 am (UTC)
Not to mention that alternative sources of oil also become very profitable real fast. Such as extracting oil from sand, plus the current malaise is pushing the car industry to further develop their hybrids, and soon other means completely. Japan saw this coming (Honda), others did not do much (US car industry is making the same mistake they made in the 70's).

Humanity will do the right thing, after they tried everything else.
Jun. 12th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Good 'ole Churchill quotes ;) Too right, humanity does always eventually do the right thing.
Jun. 12th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
Cookie for getting the reference! :D
Jun. 12th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Don't worry - it's humanity after all. Collectively, we're lazy idiots who won't really change our entire society until we are faced with absolutely no other option. The crisis will trigger that paradigm shift you're talking about and it will trigger more rapid development of alternative energy sources.

That, or we're all going to hell. Personally I think humans are a bit too resilient for that, even if we may be heading for an age of turmoil. We will find a way. Adapt or die. That's how we got this far to begin with.
Jun. 12th, 2008 09:46 am (UTC)
Two weeks ago I fueled my diesel car-can for 1.259€/L.
It's already at 1.3€ today.
95 is still at around 1.2€, however, our economy isn't among the best.

Btw, all sources of energy, renewable or non-renewable need maintenance.
Jun. 12th, 2008 11:16 am (UTC)
Find Peace with working.
Start looking for entrepreneur start-ups on the side.
Jun. 12th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
I watched a program here in the US that said that a small economy car now takes about US$50 - $70, a larger SUV will take about $100 - $150 and a Semi Truck now takes about $1000 - $1500. That's really insane.
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