12 May '11, 4pm

Why are we so angry at the pump? Because we have no choice:

Why are we so angry at the pump? Because we have no choice:

Photo: A Siegel Europeans want to know: "Why are Americans so angry about petrol prices? " An article on the BBC earlier this week looks at the question from a very high-minded, almost anthropological perspective. You can almost see the reporter screwing in his monocle to observe the colonists' colorful ways. Aside from a few man-in-the-parking-lot interviews in Tysons Corner, Va., insight into the perplexing American point of view is left to an "expert" -- The Wall Street Journal 's automotive critic, Dan Neil, who took the grand historical view: "Anger is probably more tied up with a wider sense of decline and also a loss of privilege," [says Neil.] "Cheap gas has been one of the prerogatives of the American Empire so people have become accustomed to it in a way which is somehow associated with our ability to wield our will around the world. "We're mad because we've spen...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/transportation/2011-05-12-why-are-we...

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