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Diesel Car Owners Won't Like Virginia's Road Tax Plan Either

There are ways to fairly treat individuals who choose to drive a diesel passenger vehicle. One way would be to give those owners a rebate on their taxes to offset the shellacking they take at the pump.

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What is really weird is that diesel fuel costs MORE at the pump than does gasoline - when it is cheaper to make and is essentially a waste product of refining gasoline. Elsewhere around the world, diesel fuel is cheaper than gasoline.

I drive big rigs at work and it now costs nearly $800 to fill both tanks. Since everything comes by truck, train or ship....watch for prices of most things to increase soon. All of them rely on diesel fuel for propulsion.


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What is really weird is that diesel fuel costs MORE at the pump than does gasoline - when it is cheaper to make and is essentially a waste product of refining gasoline. Elsewhere around the world, diesel fuel is cheaper than gasoline.

I drive big rigs at work and it now costs nearly $800 to fill both tanks. Since everything comes by truck, train or ship....watch for prices of most things to increase soon. All of them rely on diesel fuel for propulsion.
The biggest reason that diesel now cost more than gasoline in the US, is the wonderful mandate that says we must use ULSD. The Ultra Low Sulfur (less than 15ppm sulfur) requires WAY more refining processes to remove the sulfur content as compared to the good old LSD (less than 500 ppm sulfur). Plus, another downside of this refining process is ULSD has significantly less BTUs of energy than LSD causing more fuel to be needed to make the same amount of power, i.e. lower fuel economy. EPA fail

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In my state, diesel fuel has a higher tax attached to it because of the theory that most diesel powered vehicles are heavier, thus causing more wear on the road compared to a gas powered car. While you can make obvious exceptions, most of the diesel powered vehicles are semis and big trucks while most gas burning vehicles are passenger cars and light duty trucks.

There is also "supply and demand".

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