If its any comfort the Americans are also getting anxious about fuel. In Los Angeles petrol is close to the unthinkable $5.00 a gallon mark. Laughable for us I know, but for Billy Bob in his 9 mpg V8 pick up this is the end of his world. They're suffering from the same uncontrollable market forces as we are. The closure of several US refineries has restricted supply, European cold weather has spiked crude prices and the usual dark forces of opportunist speculators have done the rest.
But unlike the UK, American politicians are shouting loud and every Presidential hopeful and then some is using fuel price management as a platform for election. US analysts agree with me that the road ahead looks increasingly expensive for everybody and oil is set soar in price. They're clamouring into an investigation into market manipulation by speculators and the news anchors are warning that climbing fuel prices could cost the American economy up to $50 billion in increased costs and cause needless hardship to the already struggling US consumer.