Why is gas in the UK so much more expensive?

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    Because the UK government taxes gas much more highly than the US government does. In 2007, for conventional unleaded petrol, gas duty was set at 53 pence/liter (that’s about 3.21 dollars/gallon). VAT of 15% is also calculated on top of the basic price of fuel and the duty. The duty rates go up yearly, and the tax is seen as a way for the government to bring in revenue (especially for the maintenance of roads, etc) as well as protect the environment. For comparison purposes, the average US fuel tax is 47 cents/gallon.

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