I have been in Iceland quite a while now. Recently though things have started to change. Iceland has been struck pretty hard due to the problems in the economy lately and this affects pretty much everything – things are getting more expensive, but most of it is things that could be dealt with easily. Take the fuel for instance.
It is now up to 15 kronors or something. 8 of this is pure government taxation! This is outrageous! It is about time that the truck drivers and the taxi drivers here in Iceland do something about the problem. I blame the politicians and the tree huggers and hippies! The politicians for wanting to steal honest citizens’ income and the hippies for wanting us to tear down our modern civilization and to start living in caves.
High tax on fuel is bad in many aspects. It is really bad towards businesses for obvious reasons – higher transportation costs means less profit and less profit means less money into the system and an increasing risk of people loosing their jobs. High tax on fuel also struck the hardest on families in Iceland, who tend to use their cars the most and are the most dependent on them. The tax situation also hinder new kinds of research to pass through about new technologies and improvements of the transportation systems we already have. If we really want to save the environment we should put our effort increasing support to our researchers and support alternative energy resources (a field where Iceland is already top notch).
It is time to put down the foot for real this time and say NO! Refuse to be bensínlaus!