The $6.66-a-Gallon Solution

OSLO, April 23 – Car owners in the United States may grumble as the price of gasoline hovers around $2.25 a gallon. Here in Norway, home to perhaps the world’s most expensive gasoline, drivers greeted higher pump prices of $6.66 a gallon with little more than a shrug.

Yes, there was a protest from the Norwegian Automobile Association, which said, “Enough is enough. “

And a right-wing party in Parliament, the Progress Party, once again called for a cut in gasoline taxes, which account for about 67 percent of the price.

But “those critics are but voices in the wilderness,” said Torgald Sorli, a radio announcer with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation who often discusses transportation issues. “We Norwegians are resigned to expensive gasoline. There is no political will to change the system.”

Norway, the world’s third-largest oil exporter, behind Saudi Arabia and Russia, has been made wealthy by oil. Last year alone, oil export revenue surged 19 percent, to $38 billion.

But no other major oil exporter has tried to reel in its own fuel consumption with as much zeal as Norway. These policies have resulted in Norwegians consuming much less oil per capita than Americans – 1.9 gallons a day versus almost 3 gallons a day in the United States- and low car ownership rates. On city streets and rural roads, fuel-efficient Volkswagens and Peugeots far outnumber big sport utility vehicles.

One Response to “The $6.66-a-Gallon Solution”

  1. lunatics Says:


    no one can buy or sell without the mark of the beast (oil)?

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