I understand diesel price parity in EC is basically mandated by the
government and the consumers are hosed by the government in extremely
high fuel taxes. That's why the more efficient diesel engines are in
such high usage. Normal market forces and lower taxes in the US give
much less advantage. Diesel engines cost more and fuel costs more here.
Did not know if taxed differently but could be pure market forces.
Higher prices in EC still might favor diesel. Guess it depends on how
much you drive. Retired, myself, and not driving that much, I would not
get a more expensive diesel or hybrid vehicle just to save money on fuel.
in the US this is incorrect. the trucking industry never got any tax
breaks on diesel. off road doesn`t pay the road tax, but trucking is deff
not off road.
most are now charging a fuel surcharge based on the price of fuel.
what hurt the trucking industry is the economy slow down that killed
the load demand, and the "dramatic" increase in DOT regulations and
officers writting ticket for every little piss ant thing to raise
revenue. Gee thanks for more "its not a tax" taxes, because it sure as
heck is not about the safety. KB
Biodiesel, though, makes more sense than using ethanol. It is much
easier to produce not requiring fermentation or distillation and
glycerine biproduct is more useful.
In the far South where temperatures stay above freezing, used cooking
oil can be used directly. I heard Willie Nelson uses it in his tour
bus. Extra benefit is cooking smell of exhaust masks the smell of pot.
16 year-old Evie Sobczak from St. Petersburg, Florida has engineered a
new method of turning algae into biofuel. She determined a novel and
more efficient way to grow the organisms, extract oil, and use the
product as biodiesel. Her method uses no chemicals, and creates 20
percent more oil than current technologies. Her efforts won her first
place at Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair.
On Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:52:28 -0400, "Stormin Mormon"
There is no fuel shortage. Prices are roughly the same as they were in
1980, allowing for general inflation. Washington has almost nothing to
do with fuel costs.
We have plenty of grains and starch to eat. Those are not issues.
All in all, Chris, that's a lot of mush inside your head, for one
person. Where do you get all that stuff?
Washington holds back drilling - supply and demand.
Washington taxes layer upon layer onto the fuel as a
The additives MTBE (trash junk that pollutes ground water) and now
grain alcohol that robs the national store, world food bank, and
home base food for all. Feed prices are up and fuel is also.
On 6/30/2013 6:08 PM, Ed Huntress wrote:
On Sun, 30 Jun 2013 22:16:19 -0500, Martin Eastburn
No, Washington isn't holding back drilling. They've let out hundreds
of drilling leases that the oil companies aren't using. Prices have
come down, not up. There is more supply than demand.
No, there is one federal tax on gasoline: 18.4 cents/gallon, where
it's been since 1993. With inflation, its value keeps going down.
Corn ethanol has had some influence on grain prices. Otherwise, every
one of your assertions here is a myth, Martin.
MTBE mixes with water. Gasoline doesn't.
It also does not bind as well to soil as gasoline molecules.
That means it travels quickly with rain water into aquifers.
The EPA for years said it was safe until it started showing
up in water supplies wherever it was used.
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