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Diesel is so expensive.

March 20, 2008

This hurts:

The pain at the pumps continues — especially for those who fill up with diesel.

The national average for a gallon of diesel went over $4 today to $4.03.

In Oregon, the average statewide price was just barely under the $4 a gallon mark at $3.99, a new record high for the state.

However some areas of the state are seeing average Diesel prices over $4 a gallon. Medford-Ashland and Eugene-Springfield are at $4.01, Portland-Vancouver is just at the $4 mark, while Salem is just under $4 at 3.98 a gallon.

Oklahoma has the nation’s cheapest average price for diesel at $3.84, while New York has the highest at $4.33 a gallon.

Analysts say new federal low sulfur guidelines for diesel fuel used in newer vehicles, and a heavy demand for diesel fuel in Europe have caused the prices to rise.

Salem-News.com found the highest diesel price in the Salem-Keizer area at the Mission Street Shell at $4.10 a gallon. The Pilot Travel Center in Brooks had the lowest price at $3.73 a gallon.

And if, like me, you put biodiesel into your car it hurts even worse:

It takes 7.7 pounds of soy oil — or $4.34 — to produce a gallon of biodiesel, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. Add overhead and other processing costs (about 70 cents per gallon), federal and state taxes (54 cents) and subtract the dollar tax credit and a gallon of biodiesel could sell for $4.58 at the pump.

I need a new bike.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. vacman permalink
    March 20, 2008 10:45 pm

    Well, these prices could force some people onto other modes of transit. The contradiction of our “liberal democracy” is to be found here at the pump:those who have the capital can drive, those who don’t are out of luck. The deployment of credit cards to pay for this gas only underlines the rules of the game. We pay as we go and yet can not afford to pay using actual money so instead use the fiction of plastic to facilitate the illusion of mastery.
    Ah, the language of consumer spending becomes locked in a battle of wills with the interest rate of the most easily used card…I fear I as well need a new bike.

  2. paulrandfan permalink
    March 23, 2008 12:54 pm

    I hear you on the diesel prices. I have a TDi and am going through the same gasp/pit in stomach feel every time I fill up…even though I’m being responsible and limiting my driving as much as I can. it just pisses me off to see huge SUV’s…grr

    have you considered the SVO conversion?

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