Worldwide octane

There’s a 2/3-page piece in the 1/13 Car and Driver, by Justin Berkowitz of their East Coast bureau, titled “Global Gouging,” a survey of world fuel prices based on the most popular motor fuel in each country:

… be it leaded crud in Ghana, sugar-derived ethanol in Brazil, or near avgas in Bahrain.

Magazine lead times of course make this subject to change, but at the time of writing, the priciest fuelstuffs on earth were being pumped in Norway, at $9.38 a gallon. This is about 150 times the six-cent price in Venezuela, but, says Berkowitz:

[W]e’d still rather empty our wallets at the pump here than live under Chávez over there.

I suspect that the magazine will get a lot of letters complaining about the Chávez remark, and I’d even bet some of them will mention that Venezuela is supposed to have “free” health care. Chávez himself, of course, goes to Cuba for his health care, which should probably tell you something. (Cuban gasoline, incidentally, is $4.54 a gallon.)

1 comment

  1. Charles Pergiel »

    5 December 2012 · 11:26 am

    Since everything else in Norway is like four times as expensive as it is here, that would make nine dollars a gallon for gas a relative bargain.

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