Public discussion about a federal gas tax holiday has abated in the U.S., but according to the Washington Post it is heating up in Europe.
Post foreign service reporters Kevin Sullivan and Molly Moore write from Britain, where the average dollar-denominated price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline is $8.61 ($9.56 for diesel). Truckers in England and Wales have shut down major highways and threaten to blockade refineries and ports unless the government reduces its high fuel taxes ($3.77 per gallon plus 17.5% value added tax). All of Europe has high taxes on motor fuel; fishermen in France have blockaded ports in protest. French president Nicolas Sarkozy has proposed that Europe respond by enacting a gas tax holiday.