Think $3 a Gallon is Bad? Try Europe’s $6

How does Europe deal with enormous gas prices, such as the approximate $6.77 per gallon in Paris? Smaller cars and more public transportation. Of course Americans may not have the same options.

European analysts said it was too simplistic to label Americans as addicted to cheap gas and big, lavish cars. In truth, they said, the size of the United States along with its climate and road system made SUVs necessary for many drivers, while the small streets of European cities and shorter border-to-border distances have led to the development of smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

There aren’t any quick fixes, but the U.S. could certainly use a better-developed rail system, which is much more efficient over long distances than semis.

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