The tank of gas that once cost $20 to fill is now $30. To put that in perspective, let's do just a little math...
- In the U.S., the average driver drove 13,476 miles in 2010 (the last year for which data is available)
- The average MPG of a model-year 2007 car in the U.S. is 31.2 (combined)
- These numbers equate to a total of 432 gallons of gas purchased each year.
In 2006, a typical American would have spent about $975 for gas. At current gas prices, a typical American will spend nearly $1,600 for gas this year.
For the wealthy, this difference is trivial. But it matters a lot to a middle-class family. And the Democrats in the Senate and White House simply do not care.