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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2018, 23:51:03 »
>just buy a $40K electric car

I did a "back of the envelope" calculation based on some online figures people have calculated for EV mileage and my Hydro bills (and there is no electrical heating), and determined that 24,000 km per year (what I used to routinely do) would mean increasing my electricity consumption by about 90% - 200% (depending on efficiency of the EV).  Conclusion: a widespread shift of merely personal transportation (ie. disregarding commercial / industrial transportation) would require a massive increase in electricity generation.  For an illustration: Energy flows in Canada (choose "2013" if it isn't the default).  Notice the current contribution by "Wind and Solar".

The BC government has a curious notion of energy policy.  They want to move away from oil consumption, but wanted to shut down the Site C hydroelectric dam.  They want more revenue for capital funding for transit projects, but removed all the bridge tolls in the lower mainland.  They want to contribute to [reducing] worldwide carbon dioxide emissions, but resist doing everything possible to expedite natural gas exports to Asia so that fewer coal-fired thermal plants are needed.

BC as a whole deserves to endure a period of major gasoline price increases.  Our current collective attitude is extraordinarily selfish: it is OK to ship in enough to satisfy our needs - refueling the jets at YVR we use to travel abroad, refueling the ships that bring our fair trade organic coffee, etc - by whatever means, but not to transport it across BC to other export markets.
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2018, 00:43:00 »
>just buy a $40K electric car

I did a "back of the envelope" calculation based on some online figures people have calculated for EV mileage and my Hydro bills (and there is no electrical heating), and determined that 24,000 km per year (what I used to routinely do) would mean increasing my electricity consumption by about 90% - 200% (depending on efficiency of the EV).  Conclusion: a widespread shift of merely personal transportation (ie. disregarding commercial / industrial transportation) would require a massive increase in electricity generation.  For an illustration: Energy flows in Canada (choose "2013" if it isn't the default).  Notice the current contribution by "Wind and Solar".

The BC government has a curious notion of energy policy.  They want to move away from oil consumption, but wanted to shut down the Site C hydroelectric dam.  They want more revenue for capital funding for transit projects, but removed all the bridge tolls in the lower mainland.  They want to contribute to [reducing] worldwide carbon dioxide emissions, but resist doing everything possible to expedite natural gas exports to Asia so that fewer coal-fired thermal plants are needed.

BC as a whole deserves to endure a period of major gasoline price increases.  Our current collective attitude is extraordinarily selfish: it is OK to ship in enough to satisfy our needs - refueling the jets at YVR we use to travel abroad, refueling the ships that bring our fair trade organic coffee, etc - by whatever means, but not to transport it across BC to other export markets.

No Brad. There is an extremely vocal minority that are holding the rest of us hostage.

This has got to stop.

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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2018, 08:11:12 »
No Brad. There is an extremely vocal minority that are holding the rest of us hostage.

This has got to stop.

Really SKT: Can you indicate any government policy being rammed down our throats that doesn't fit that bill?

I used to think that the "government" was serious in using things like carbon taxes and gas taxes to actually achieve their GHG emissions reduction target. Silly me. Now that you see the economists coming out with the actual figures of the taxation levels that would be required to achieve that objective and how far below we are - even though highly taxed - I cannot help but think that it is the governments that are on drugs: The drugs of high taxes revenues (knowing it will not change behaviour) for their side pet projects at the expense of not openly taxing the citizenry for those pet projects. If people could see how much they are "taxed" to provide all those pet projects, they may rebel at election time so they rather hide the taxes.

P.S.: Most people today don't remember that, but one of the primary driver behind PM Mulroney's GST was that items in Canada were sold to consumers filled with various hidden "excise" type taxes, included in the price but hard to track. The GST eliminated all those hidden taxes and forced them in the open. This created pressure to either reduce the taxes, or at the very least not increase it. It's what let PM Harper reduce the tax by two points and cut down on government spending: People could immediately see the connection between the two.

Imagine what would happen if your gas stations were forced to advertise their prices as follows:

Regular: 0.85+ taxes
Taxes: 0.42

I think many people would get on the government's asses to explain why the tax is so high. (I think the same thing could be done for  good measure with alcoholic beverages ;D - I positively hate the concept of "sin" taxes).

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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2018, 08:39:38 »
This gets into Canadians and taxes writ large.  Canadians mostly refuse to pay their own way.  They want massive government services and no taxes to pay for them.  They want to live in the sprawling suburbs, and not pay the cost of infrastructure installation or maintenance necessary to sustain it.  They want 24/7 access to a doctor at no cost if they have a hangnail, but don't want to pay GST.

Taxes are high because politicians of all stripes make promises and deliver on the backs of our children and grandchildren.  See: Homer Simpson in "The Garbage Man Can".
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #29 on: May 01, 2018, 11:32:21 »
and the ones that live in the city want everyone else pay for their transit and take their garbage. Oh yea don't disturb the wilderness you rural types.
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #30 on: May 01, 2018, 12:35:21 »
This gets into Canadians and taxes writ large.  Canadians mostly refuse to pay their own way.  They want massive government services and no taxes to pay for them.  They want to live in the sprawling suburbs, and not pay the cost of infrastructure installation or maintenance necessary to sustain it.  They want 24/7 access to a doctor at no cost if they have a hangnail, but don't want to pay GST.

Taxes are high because politicians of all stripes make promises and deliver on the backs of our children and grandchildren.  See: Homer Simpson in "The Garbage Man Can".


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That is, pretty much, all that needs to be said. Prices from refiners (and therefore, profits to oil companies) are within pennies per litre of one another on each side of the US border ... the differences are  found in taxes.

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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #31 on: May 01, 2018, 13:38:50 »
I can only imagine the government's response when electric vehicles replace petrol engines on the road. How are we to pay for road maintenance when the bulk of that ostensibly comes from fuel taxes? Do we charge electric vehicle owners with a tax for using a service they don't pay for, or do we increase the tax on fuel to generate more revenue against a shrinking pool?
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #32 on: May 01, 2018, 14:08:37 »
Three years ago the BC government held a referendum to test whether residents of the lower mainland would accept a half-cent PST increase to fund transit.  It was rejected, but not overwhelmingly.

Translink (here in BC) has all sorts of ideas for raising revenue: property taxes, vehicle/licence taxes, various fees (tolls, mileage, time-of-day access), fare increases, additional taxes on pretty much anything (not just fuels).
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #33 on: May 01, 2018, 14:24:19 »
I can only imagine the government's response when electric vehicles replace petrol engines on the road. How are we to pay for road maintenance when the bulk of that ostensibly comes from fuel taxes? Do we charge electric vehicle owners with a tax for using a service they don't pay for, or do we increase the tax on fuel to generate more revenue against a shrinking pool?

I'm not worried. We'll never go full electric. Not in our lifetimes anyway.
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #34 on: May 01, 2018, 15:14:37 »
I can only imagine the government's response when electric vehicles replace petrol engines on the road. How are we to pay for road maintenance when the bulk of that ostensibly comes from fuel taxes? Do we charge electric vehicle owners with a tax for using a service they don't pay for, or do we increase the tax on fuel to generate more revenue against a shrinking pool?

It is easy to conflate the response (or lack of response) of any government (regardless of stripe) with a lack of imagination, intelligence or ingenuity simply because we dislike any particular party or even the notion of governments in general.  However, I don't think that it will be much of an exercise to develop a new public funding model for self-user transportation infrastructure once (or if) electric vehicles become the predominant item on the roads.  Remember, back a little over a hundred years ago, transportation was converting from one form of vehicle power to another (i.e. horse power to HORSEPOWER vroom, vroom) and the taxation model developed quite easily to accommodate the reality.  We, in North America, relied exclusively on a pay as you go, use based system tying the taxation to fuel purchase.  Elsewhere in the world, their response was a little different, generating the funds by a combination of an annual flat tax on the vehicle (road tax) as well as also taxing fuel purchases.  If you are worried that governments (of whatever level) won't be able to differentiate the consumption of electricity between that used to recharge a vehicle with that of household use, it really doesn't matter.  There are any number of taxation models that could be used to target road users, e.g. annual road tax based on size of vehicle or power generated or mileage in the previous year, etc, etc.
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2018, 15:16:03 »
I can only imagine the government's response when electric vehicles replace petrol engines on the road. How are we to pay for road maintenance when the bulk of that ostensibly comes from fuel taxes? Do we charge electric vehicle owners with a tax for using a service they don't pay for, or do we increase the tax on fuel to generate more revenue against a shrinking pool?

Apparently the leap in fuel efficiency of vehicles in the 2000's was not foreseen and governments were shocked to find the predicted revenue from fuel sales did not meet expectations. 

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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2018, 18:38:05 »
I've heard "The high gas prices are exactly what we want".
My source is a guy person who can explain quantum computers so he's really smart.
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2018, 21:17:06 »
 
I've heard "The high gas prices are exactly what we want".
My source is a guy person who can explain quantum computers so he's really smart.

I don't know if I should  :rofl:  or not, as this is so  :facepalm: on his and his Finance Minister's ....Crap....His whole Government's part.
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« Reply #38 on: May 01, 2018, 21:53:42 »
I've heard "The high gas prices are exactly what we want".
My source is a guy person people who can explain quantum computers so he's really smart.

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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #39 on: May 01, 2018, 21:55:37 »
I can only imagine the government's response when electric vehicles replace petrol engines on the road. How are we to pay for road maintenance when the bulk of that ostensibly comes from fuel taxes? Do we charge electric vehicle owners with a tax for using a service they don't pay for, or do we increase the tax on fuel to generate more revenue against a shrinking pool?

Simple.  Tools for road use/entering the city, a la London.
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« Reply #40 on: May 02, 2018, 06:55:28 »
Simple.  Tools for road use/entering the city, a la London.
Surly you mean, tolls for the tools using the road/entering London.

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« Reply #41 on: May 02, 2018, 07:10:18 »
Yeah, that's what I meant.  And don't call me Surely.
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« Reply #42 on: May 02, 2018, 09:28:21 »
Actually he called you surly...and  mean. Apparently you're perceived as one of the grumpy ones. 


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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #43 on: May 31, 2018, 10:06:42 »
I agree with this one protestor. There's no true support for anything these days.

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Gas price protest stalls when only one demonstrator shows up

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 Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018 11:11AM EDT 
 Last Updated Wednesday, May 30, 2018 11:13AM EDT 

Drivers love to complain about the price of gas, but when it comes to taking action they are not willing to join forces.

A gas price protest scheduled for Wednesday morning sputtered to a stop when one solitary protester showed up.

Despite more than 5,000 people saying they would attend and another 36,000 saying they were interested, not even the protest's organizer bothered to attend the protest at Marché Central.

Instead just one woman showed up with a sign attached to her windshield, and she was not impressed at the lack of response.

Montreal police had even stationed half a dozen officers in patrol cars at the mall, ready to supervise the protesters on their planned slow-moving route.

The price of gasoline in the Montreal area is about $1.479/litre on Wednesday, and interest groups are predicting elevated prices all summer long as demand stays high while several refineries in North America are undergoing repairs.

Wednesday was also bike to work day, where commuters are encouraged to reduce the demand for gasoline by travelling on two wheels.



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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2018, 10:52:40 »
A View from 'down-under'
"Kiwis are among the highest consumers of fuel in the world per capita, burning through around 672 litres of fuel a year.
In percent of income spent of fuel."
"The only countries to get worse deals than New Zealand are Brazil (2.8 per cent), Saudi Arabia (2.87 per cent), Greece (2.95 per cent), Canada (3.01 per cent), South Africa (3.64 per cent) and Mexico (3.94 per cent)."
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(Latest local prices: Sherbrooke QC $1.344/l but at Derby Line Vermont yesterday it was $1.03 CAD/l.  The price had recently gone up .05/gal.)


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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #45 on: October 10, 2018, 12:53:03 »
Price drop in Kelowna, BC to 140.9 from 144.9. Prior, went up 0.50 cents, converted to one US gallon. If the price went up that much in one day in the US there would be a revolution.
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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #46 on: October 10, 2018, 13:08:27 »
Also in Malaysia where the price is fixed by the government, my wife's family was shocked that it could change 8 cents in a day. I calculated by ensuring I fill up Wednesday/Thursday evening that I could save $70-100 a year over the average price by catching the low points.

Interesting I learned that Vancouver Airport almost ran out of fuel last summer and needs a better fuel supply system to support it's expansion. Currently they use 75 large tanker trucks with pups every day to meet demand.

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« Reply #47 on: October 10, 2018, 20:17:28 »
Been 125.9 pretty well all summer here....Innisfail Ab.

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Re: Canadian Gasoline prices
« Reply #48 on: October 11, 2018, 10:10:22 »
They are predicting a 3cent increase in BC as thanks to the NG pipeline explosion near Prince George, since the refineries use NG to refine with and it's now being rationed.

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« Reply #49 on: October 11, 2018, 12:59:25 »
$134.9 in Calgary when I filled up yesterday, I feel like we need more refineries....
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