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post #1 of 33 Old 12-18-2012, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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why is diesel so much more than gas?

I saw gas today at $2.76, down at least a dollar from where it was a couple months ago yet diesel is holding steady at $3.89. Can someone explain this to me without any conspiracy theories, etc... Back when gas was around $1.00 a gallon diesel was right there with it, if not cheaper . Can anyone tell me what has changed?

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It's not conspiracy, it's capitalism. Oil companies are gonna charge whatever they can get, there's a reason they make a record profit EVERY quarter of the financial system....some people will say its because the low sulfur requirements make it more expensive, prolly true...but not this much more expensive

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Demand around the world for that over gasoline contributes as well as the additional .06 tax.


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It's as simple as this.... Supply and Demand. What kind of engines power ships, trains, tractors (farm kind), Semi's, drilling rigs, heavy equipment? It's diesel. There is a HUGE demand for diesel fuel and even though it is a BY-PRODUCT of refining crude oil into gasoline (meaning that its what's left over after they are done refining crude oil into gasoline). So essentially they can set the price at whatever they want and we will pay it because without it the entire infrastructure will collapse.

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Demand for diesel is very steady. Add in the winter heating oil cutting into diesel production...aaand in a nut shell. thats pretty much it.

Diesel is the prime mover of the world market. Gas is a commodity or varying demand.

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I always figured it was because it is the fuel of trains and rigs.


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Diesel in Newark Ohio has been about 3.85 for 2 years. Never changes much. Peaked at 4.25 but short lived. Taxes and demand, i don't see it coming down at all.

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Exactly because of demand he hit the nail on the head diesel is the by product of gasoline but yet is more expensive

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Because it's so much better
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just a bunch of politics i say
diesel is the cheepest to produce actually probably should be around $2.75 a gallon
that would be nice
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