The fact that I am happy about just buying petrol for $1.53 a litre is really depressing. I know that most of Europe is paying about $3.00 a litre, so I shouldn’t complain, but at least they have sleek, efficient public transport systems, whereas I live in a sprawling suburban city so dependent on the automobile that even Los Angeles would shudder.

And while it would be very easy to glare at the Americans for their low prices of $1.10 per litre, the Saudis are paying only 12 cents per litre.

I also noticed that the petrol station I filled up at has introduced a prepay system, the second one I’ve seen now, due to higher rates of fuel theft. Probably not long to go till crunch time now. 2012, maybe?

“We are all addicts of fossil fuels in a state of denial, about to face cold turkey. And like so many addicts about to face cold turkey, our leaders are now committing violent crimes to get what little is left of what we’re hooked on.”
– Kurt Vonnegut, May 2004