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Unread 05-17-2020, 03:29 PM   #571
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While federal taxes on gasoline are the same everywhere, that's not true about state gasoline and sales taxes...that can make a fairly significant difference in the price of fuel. But, transportation costs to get it to the pump are a big part of it too...
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Unread 05-17-2020, 08:03 PM   #572
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Very true. Prices here in SE Texas are about a buck and a half.....
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I think somebody ought to do something about diesel prices.
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Unread 05-18-2020, 11:13 PM   #574
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Diesel, per gallon, compared to pure gasoline, has more energy, and even a larger amount if the gasoline is 'polluted' with ethanol...so, in a way, it should cost more per gallon.
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Unread 05-20-2020, 08:36 PM   #575
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Years ago, diesel used to be exactly on par with “regular” unleaded. Did something change to cause a price shift?

Our less than a buck/gallon for unleaded has risen to $1.95 now that the lockdown is lifting.
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Unread 05-21-2020, 04:09 PM   #576
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Costco Honolulu $2.25, which is the lowest in a while. Out my way $3-3.40. It'll probably start creeping up again as things open up more. With my 30+ gal tank it's worth driving into town every week. Costco is also across from Home Depot, so there's that too. :-)

To bring down diesel prices, stop makin diesel trucks.
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One of the hassles with diesel, is that it is essentially refined the same as fuel oil people use to heat their homes. A refinery setup for say gasoline wouldn't be the same as one for diesel, although they can coexist. So, in the winter, the supply can be stressed, and the price goes up. In the summer, it can be less expensive until fall when homeowners (and businesses that use it) start to fill their tanks back up again for the coming cold season. That's more of an issue in the more northern states, partly because of transportation...more of the refineries are towards the south of the country, but not all. Diesel has about 113% of the energy of the same volume of gasoline, which is one reason why it can get better mpg; another is that they are much more efficient while idling than a gasoline engine. Compression losses eat up some of that. https://afdc.energy.gov/fuels/fuel_comparison_chart.pdf
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Unread 05-23-2020, 03:33 PM   #578
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Off the diesel topic a bit, but 2 weeks or so ago; I filled up with regular gas at $1.44. Haven’t even used 1/2 of it yet due to stay/work at home. Was out and about today and gas was up to around $1.75 most every place I passed.
How quick things change.
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Unread 05-24-2020, 01:10 AM   #579
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Just supply and demand at work...as states decide to open, people will be driving more, the demand rises, and the price can go up as people 'need' it rather than just want it.
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