小编摘要：为了控制化石燃料的使用达到环保等目的，在不到 2 个月内，中国政府两次调高了油价。目前中国人购买的油比美国人还贵，一位卡车司机说，特别是运输公司很受伤
Record oil profits is an election year issue in the United States.
“Every time gas goes up by a penny, these companies usually pocket another $200 million in quarterly profits.”
But cash-strapped Americans are just looking for relief.
“I don’t know what it was last time. But I don’t remember it’s been 4 dollars.”
Americans are not the only ones complaining. Rising fuel prices are starting to hurt Chinese motorists.
Bejing has raised gasoline prices twice in less than two month in the bid to curb the use of fossil fuels. And now Chinese consumers are paying more than Americans. This truck driver says transportation companies are especially vulnerable.
“Our team has thousands of trucks. If one liter causes an extra half of Yuan, and each truck takes over 400 liters of diesel, then we lose 200 or 300 Yuan for each vehicle.”
Asia Development Bank’s analyst Zhuangjian says the higher fuel costs are making Chinese companies less competitive.
“If the price of oil goes very high, it will have an effect on various industries and ultimately will slow the speed of growth.”
Energy consumption is declining in the United States. But it is rising in developing markets such as China and India. Higher demand means higher prices, but oil analyst Simon Wardell says uncertainty in oil producing nations such as Iran is adding a premium to world prices.
“It would only take a disruption from Iran, that the amount they export roughly 2 million barrels a day exported from Iran. If that goes off to the market, then yes we really do have some issues with trying to meet that supply.”
Saudi Arabia, the world’s top oil exporter, says it’s preparing to increase production as needed. Without any relief soon, Wardell says raising oil price will choke economic growth not just in China and U.S, but around the world.
“The global economy is still recovering. And these sorts of prices knock that back a bit.”
But oil prices may be leveling off. Crude oil futures dipped to six week lows on Friday on signs the U.S and Europe are close to releasing emergency oil reserves to put a brake on rising prices.