Ramblin' Man: Gasoline cost? Be glad you're not in Norway

By: name Newspaper
September 20, 2013 Updated: September 20, 2013 at 4:50 pm

On a global level, Americans don't feel the worst pain at the pump, and Coloradans fare better than many in the United States.

In Norway, drivers pay a whopping $10 for a gallon of gasoline.

A 14-gallon fill-up there runs $140. Good thing it's a small country, about the size of New Mexico.

It does have one of the best roads in the world, though, called The Atlantic Road.

In Venezuela, the price is 4 cents a gallon, according to Bloomberg. Really.

By comparison, on Tuesday Americans reached a milestone.

They paid more than $3 a gallon for gasoline for 1,000 consecutive days, according to AAA. It's the new baseline, AAA says. The price for a gallon of gasoline in the future will never fall below that price.

On Thursday, the national average for a gallon of gasoline was $3.52, according to gasbuddy.com, which tracks gasoline prices nationwide. The cheapest was $3.14 in South Carolina.

The most expensive was Hawaii at $4.269.

In Colorado, we paid $3.511 a gallon, a smidgen below the national average. In the Springs the average was lower still at $3.456.

In Denver, drivers were paying $3.478 a gallon and in Fort Collins, the price was $3.497.

If you really gotta know, Bloomberg.com has a great gas price ranking worldwide that includes what it calls "pain at the pump," which measures the percentage of average daily income needed to buy a gallon of fuel. It's like watching a horror movie.

In America, it's 2.6 percent of daily wages for a gallon of gas and 3.18 of annual incomes for a year's worth of fuel.

We pay more for a gallon of gasoline than Russians, Iranians, Saudi Arabians, Pakistanis, Malaysians and Slovakians, among others.

We pay less than Italians, Swedes, Germans, the Irish, Japanese, Brazilians and Estonians.

We're 50th on a list of 61 countries, where 61 pays the least (Venezuela.)

Saudi Arabians pay 45 cents a gallon. They pay 80 cents a gallon in Kuwait and $1 in Egypt.

Your weapon, should you choose to fight back, is gasbuddy.

It's here. http://gasbuddy.com/Gas_Prices/Colorado/El_Paso/index.aspx

It may be worth the search for lower gas prices. For instance, in central Colorado Springs, gas could be had at Everyday at 1823 N Circle Drive for $3.36 a gallon, gasbuddy said Thursday night. Gas was $3.42 at 7-Eleven, 7692 Barnes Rd. near Marksheffel Road. It was $3.39 at Corner, 2715 W. Colorado Ave.

Several pennies here. A bucket of pennies there.

You'll never match Venezuela.

But Russia, to be sure, at $3.39 or Iran, $2.16.

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