Sort of in relation to this topic, I saw an article in the Washington Post that read "Gas prices making you balk? Be glad you're not from Britain."
I understand that gas prices in Britain, as well as the rest of Europe, are considerably higher than they are here. People over there roll their eyes when us Yankees (and Mets) complain about our gas prices going up to a tawdry $3 a gallon. Even many Americans use the England excuse as a way to shush up gas-price naysayers and Bush-bashers.
However, it seems that public transporation is a luxury in Europe that does extend to rural and even suburban America. With and more people living outside of cities, where gas prices are even higher anyway, they are inherently moving away from public transportation. Every city in England has access to trains, buses and an extensive subway system in London alone. Few Europeans even own cars and the ones that do either forego the available public transit and suck up the gas prices without complaint, or simply use their automobiles in the rare occassion that calls for it.
I'm just saying that in a country as big as America featuring a feeble public transportation system, you'd only think it's fair that our gas prices are lower. Now, the problem may very well be that us American's can't live without absurd f***-you-mobiles like Hummers, and it is part of the problem, but the fact remains that a lack of viable transporation alternatives is what ultimately drives Americans to complain about gas prices.