Are gas prices really that high?
Since we're on the subject of US gas prices, let's take a look at how they compare to the rest of the world. Having talked to some of my international friends a while back, I already knew that gas is relatively cheap here, what with all of the government subsidies and what not.
But of course we still complain. I see $3.90 per gallon and I can't help but give the stink eye, while our friends over there in the UK are forking over nine bucks per gallon.
The map above shows typical prices for RON 95 petrol, as they compare to the United States'. Countries colored red typically have higher prices, while those colored green typically have lower prices. Wikipedia didn't have data for all countries, unfortunately, but there's enough there to get the idea (minus African countries).
Why in the world does Venezuela have such incredibly low gas prices at 9 cents per gallon?