Letters to the Editor

Americans should get real about gas prices

Two weeks ago, I was driving in Europe and paying close to $9 a gallon for gasoline.

How do the Europeans cope with this cost? Simple: They have fuel-efficient vehicles. I drove a Ford Focus with a six-speed gear change and a small diesel engine, providing good performance on the auto routes, where 80 mph is the normal cruising speed.

Furthermore, the car gave me an average of 44 miles per gallon, about twice the average in the U.S. Europeans don't blame their respective governments for the price of fuel. There is no point. Cost has little to do with politics; it's more a question of world supply and demand.

Every time I read a comment on this page saying that President Barack Obama is responsible for the cost of fuel, I cannot help but assume that the writer has no idea of world economics or the principle of supply and demand. The president of the United States has no power to change or control the world price for oil, and in reality we enjoy one of the lowest costs for fuel in the modern world, even at $4 a gallon.

Geoff Wheatley

Hilton Head Island