Think You've Got It Bad? Gas Hits $14.76 a Gallon In Britain

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Great Britain is in the midst of a fuel supply crisis the scope of which gives us the cold sweats: Supply is short, stations are closing with dry tanks, and those that do have dino juice are demanding a princely sum equivalent to $14.76 a US gallon. Light sweet crude, it's the end of the world! Okay, not really. The problem is that tanker drivers for Shell have gone on strike, sending fuel supplies into the crapper. This craziness will pass once the union comes to an agreement, but it makes us think that maybe a Segway isn't such a bad idea after all, despite what Wert thinks. [BBC News]

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@cyanics: Yeah, but what you have to keep in mind is that compared to rail, trucks require 10X the energy to move the same amount of cargo, and aircraft are closer to 40X the energy. If the rail network here would support it, imagine how much fuel would be saved just by taking 10% of the trucks off the road. Not to mention how the traffic would be improved.

Where the issue will come is that freight and passenger rail cannot co-exist and both succeed. Amtrak suffers now because they don't have right-of-way almost anywhere outside the NE Corridor.