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Gary Forsmo gbforsmo at gmail.com
Fri Oct 27 07:29:30 PDT 2023

I also "dug down" into the resons for diesel fuel being more costly than
gas.  I found some legit facts, as you did, Jim.

On Fri, Oct 27, 2023, 8:58 AM Jim Adney <jadney at vwtype3.org> wrote:

> On 26 Oct 2023 at 14:07, Gary Forsmo wrote:
> > But diesel was *never* as low as gas.  That makes absolutely no sense to
> me.
> I believe there is actually good reason for diesel fuel to cost more than
> gasoline. It's simply because diesel has more energy content per gallon
> than
> gas.The Wikipedia entry on Diesel Fuel has really good information on
> this,
> giving the energy content of Diesel to be 9-14% higher than gasoline.
> Which
> is somewhat lower than the traditional "premium" that has been charged for
> diesel over gas. But the premium we saw on this latest trip seemed wildly,
> and oddly, higher.
> There may have been a time when diesel fuel was a more crude product,
> but, at least in first world countries today, it's just as sophisticated
> as
> gasoline, at least for #1 and #2 diesel.
> Taxes add quite a bit to fuel prices. Federal tax on Diesel is about 30%
> higher than on gas. State taxes vary widely: more than half of the states
> tax
> Diesel and gas the same, but many tax Diesel more than gas. Texas has one
> of the lowest fuel taxes, while California is one of the highest.
> (Pennsylvania
> is actually the highest, while Alaska is the lowest.) Again, Wikipedia has
> good info on this.
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