I got a laugh out of this shot:
As regards the environment, the governments have the perfect pretext to levy more so called "green" taxes to boost revenue. Saving the environment should be a collaborative effort among all countries as global warming effects everybody. High fuel taxes in any one country is not helpful in its own. People suffer from high prices while the environment is still being wrecked by other countries.
Oil companies here in India are running huge losses. It is estimated that this
financial year if the government doesnt act quickly the oil companies stand
to loose around 700,000 crore rupees, ever since the oil crisis started, the
state run oil companies are running such huge loses.
The taxes on a oil barrel is around 38% Here and thats really hurting the oil companies.
about $1.35 per litre in Nairobi...keeps on rising though...every 2weeks..damn the market speculators..maybe we should start using renewable energy more..like power alcohol, solar and hydrogen powered cars (can they make one for bumpy roads in Africa?)
its increasing to 4 29 per gallon. what is going on ....
I think we are among the top 3 oil exporting nations, we have many oil fields we still haven't started to drill or pump from and we still have many oil fields to be discovered outside our coastline (at least they believe so)
the gas price here at this very moment is US$ 2.84 litre, which translates to US$ 10.8 a (US) gallon.
last time i tanked i paid US$ 170, if it was empty i would have to pay US$ 228.
the green taxes are of course helping the price raise but everything for the environment and the planet
then we have other taxes, profits and VAT (value added taxes) on the other taxes and profits on top of it.. pretty funny haha
the last weeks people have started to complain, and yes.. the government went out yesterday or the day before to inform us that the green taxes will raise again. lucky i only have two cars
I was reading an article on deep sea oil drilling and they mentioned that in the last ten years oil companies have spent over a half a trillion dollars on equipment and R&D.
The numbers seem so large when we hear them (just like when banks make a billion dollars a quarter in profits people scream about them gouging us here in Canada but if the headline read "banks make 8% return on their investments" no one would look twice even though the bottom line would be the same).
I wonder why the idea of hydrogen car is no longer talked about. Building hydrogen filling stations is a massive infrastructure cost nobody is willing to take on. Is that the only reason it is not catching on though?
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Probably, and also because the only feasible way to produce the electricity to produce the hydrogen at the moment would be to burn lots of coal or lots of oil, so in environmental terms it wouldn't be an improvement.
It will rise more and more. I can not say that in my country (Belarus) we are paying huge sums for this in contrast to other European countries. !1.10$ per liter for diesel.
$3.98 a gallon here.
I remember seeing some documentry about much more efficient cars being produced in the USA, maxing at over 100mpg. As soon as they came off the production line, before going to sell, the government ordered that it was all scrapped (there was even CCTV footage).
"Sometimes you don't need to reinvent the wheel;
Sometimes its enough to make that wheel more rounded"-Molona
The government wont mind more efficient cars being produced when the cost of petrol threatens the the economy more significantly (e.g. when more and more businesses go bankrupt).
I have done a lot of research on alternaltive energy and oil stocks (in fact came second in a national essay competition on the matter last year (what? cant i boast occasionally?)).
Unfortunately there is no real alternative to oil, there will, sooner or later be a global downturn. Many alternaltive technologies are at least 30 years away from being fully functional on a mass scale, and technologies such as wind turbines produce very little energy and require a huge amount of maintanance. Nuclear power could act as a stepping stone to other power sources, but if the world used nuclear power instead of oil, many many large nuclear power stations would need to be produced, and the worlds uranium would be exhausted after only 20 years (yes that is how much energy we are getting from oil!!!). Power in the future will probably be mainly from the solar energy, wave energy, and using hydroelectric dams.
So, you might expect hot countries to become the richest, as they would have the most concentrated solar energy, and any transportation will be highly expensive.
I think we are in a very ruff ride this centry, Its a real shame there isn't more being done in prep, and that not many people are aware or taking it very seriously.
I wonder how long it will be before people cant afford personal cars?
It's gone up a lot in just the last 40 days here. Unfortunately, living off the mainland, fuel prices are at a premium. Not sure for definite, but we may very well have the most expensive fuel in Europe, more likely in the UK.
Picture of the local station pumps, with prices, on my blog (silversprite dot com), entry for June 11th 2008.
Where I get my petrol it's about £1.15 per litre which works out about $2.254 (USD).
I believe that before tax petrol in the UK is among the cheapest but after tax it is probably the most expensive. We (UK) get taxed on petrol twice - fuel duty and VAT.
I cant remember every stage but here are some:
1) need a license to look for oil (costs a few million).
2) need a license to drill for oil (a few million).
3) the oil is taxed as its pumped out.
4) the oil is taxed as its refined.
5) the each product of the oil is taxed (e.g. petrol, tar, diesel....)
and I think there are other stages aswell but cant remember all of them, it adds up to many billions of tax revinue. lol, im suprised they havent taxed the tax yet lol.