Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Tim asks: Always love your articles. One point not addressed in your recent piece about apocalyptic diesels is the cost of the go-go juice. Maybe a follow up article on the price of diesel go-go juice would be warranted. Why does diesel now, in some states, like mine (CA) cost more than premium fuel? They surely can’t claim it costs more to refine – although they may try to. My guess is the slowly want to phase diesels, and may us too, out. So why not make it unattractive, price wise; not performance wise? Please enlighten us.
My reply: A few years ago, a mandate – yes, another one – was passed that all road-going diesel fuel be Ultra Low Sulfur (ULS) and this has caused the spike in the price of diesel – not just in CA but nationally.
However, there’s some good news still.
The first is that it’s possible to make your own diesel – and it’s a lot cheaper than the pumped stuff, especially since it’s also free of the taxes applied to the pumped stuff. Newer diesels may require some mods to overcome their emissions rigmarole – but it’s no worries in the older stuff, which hasn’t got the rigmarole.
Another end-run is to acquire off-road diesel, which isn’t ULS – and costs a lot less. This is sold at most places that sell road-going diesel. Of course, you’re very much not supposed to put this fuel – which is dyed red – into the tank of a road-going vehicle and the store will raise a ruckus if they see you doing it, not because they object but because they want to avoid being Hut! Hut! Hutted!
That said, one could certainly fill up a 50 gallon drum in the bed of one’s truck for one’s tractor back at the farm. . . .
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