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Fuel prices hit two-year high

The Local · 11 Jan 2011, 14:00

Published: 11 Jan 2011 14:00 GMT+01:00

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A spokesman for ADAC said he doubted that the high cost of gasoline was justified according to current oil market prices. The organisation plans to release the average price per litre on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the Association of the German Petroleum Industry (MWV) said the high price of petrol reflected changes on the world market such as the weakening euro, a rise in crude oil prices, a “powerful demand” from China, and the recent closure of the trans-Alaska pipeline.

In the face of rising prices the Auto Club Europa (ACE) encouraged the German government to review regulation possibilities such as those recently implemented by Germany's southern neighbour Austria. Since the beginning of the year petrol stations there may raise their prices just once per day at noon, though prices may be reduced at any time.

The Austrian model would create a “cost-reducing effect,” ACE leader Wolfgang Rose said.

“We want the daily multi-price changing to end,” he said.

In the meantime, auto clubs such as ADAC recommend checking their websites to find the lowest regional prices.

While gas stations along major motorways are the priciest option, fuel pumps belonging to supermarkets or large shopping centres are often the most affordable, they say.

Careful driving can also save a bit of cash. Slowing down to ensure a car's motor is running between 1,500 and 2,500 revolutions per minute can save up to 20 percent of fuel burned.

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Cutting back on weight also helps. For every 100 kilogrammes of extra weight in a car boot, drivers have to add an extra half litre per 100 kilometres on the road.


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14:30 January 11, 2011 by cklb
I love it how everything is always simplified. e.g. "For every 100 kilograms of extra weight in a car boot, drivers have to add an extra half litre per 100 kilometres on the road." I would guess that that depends on tire pressure, tire type/brand, driver behaviour etc. probably a uncertainty of 70% or so in it.
14:42 January 11, 2011 by freechoice
worse still blaming another country for increase in oil prices, while the main culprits of greed and incessant consumptions are not being addressed!
16:54 January 11, 2011 by DinhoPilot

I wonder how many drivers carry frequently 100 kilos of weight in the boot! LOL! I think the best way is to be soft on the throttle, take advantage of going downhill and good ol' truck drafting in the highway (this might be a bit risky!)


C'mon we all know its is China fault. None told them to grow so much yet they insist in being a world power ^^ (If germany exported more bicycles than cars...)
19:40 January 11, 2011 by storymann
What We need Is to Organize !!
23:51 January 11, 2011 by Laurence F
Green lunacy is the blame.

Your tax dollars subsidize green energy for other people.

Most of the green energy equipment is Made in China.

Oil is Freedom; not an evil. Do you want to go back to Medieval times, where you never leave your village?

When, America can supply unlimited coal; Marxist Obama and his Green allies do everything possible to stop the production. This would take away the burden to buy oil and reduce the price of oil.

When, America is awash with oil; Marxist Obama and his Green allies do everything possible to stop the production. Increased production reduces Worldwide prices.

Stop mistaking clean water, clean air, etc. with the falsehoods of the Greens.

Free enterprise can solve the problems; Marxism brought 180,000,000 dead people and economic collapse.

14:01 January 12, 2011 by mobiusro
@Laurence - while I agree with your post more or less, I am wondering if you do know what marxism and/or communism is. Have you lived in a marxist country? Or a communist country?

The thing that Obama can maybe accused of is capitalism and, actually, by your accusation you are a "socialist", because that's their central idea, that capitalism takes advantage of the lower classes (proletariat) for the benefit of the rich classes (burgeoisie).

You can user www.google.com for more details, buy a book or ask somebody from continental Europe.
14:43 January 13, 2011 by RJSJ

I'm curious if you "truly" believe that one must live in a communist or marxist country in order to know what it is..?? Just reading your comments show ignorance and disarrangement as to your ideals of what capitalism and socialism are so I thought I'd help by the use of your own sarcastic mannerisms... " You can user www.google.com for more details, buy a book or ask somebody from continental Europe."

Definition of Capitalism : an economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange, characterized by the freedom of capitalists to operate or manage their property for profit in competitive conditions Also called free enterprise private enterprise. In no way shape or form does it reference anything as "takes advantage of lower classes for the benefit of the rich"... that is your own opinion.. and it is not true.

Definition of Socialism: an economic theory or system in which the means of production, distribution, and exchange are owned by the community collectively, usually through the state. It is characterized by production for use rather than profit, by equality of individual wealth, by the absence of competitive economic activity, and, usually, by government determination of investment, prices, and production levels

Definition of a Socialist : a supporter or advocate of socialism or any party promoting socialism i.e, the socialist party.

If you have even bothered to take a look at any of the current policies that have been approved by Congress & President Obama... in no way.. shape or from can you consider him to have a "capitalistic" ideas.
21:45 January 13, 2011 by mobiusro
@RJSJ - ygm.

No point in further discussing it here off-topic. :)
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