Why is Diesel is more $$ than gasoline?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by South Florida Lawns, May 18, 2009.

  1. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    I would like to know this, I mean its less refined then gas there is less of a demand for it too. I remember when I was growing up diesel was always .25-.30 cents cheaper. Maybe I'm missing something but I just can't figure it out.
  2. nosparkplugs

    nosparkplugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,444

    Right now diesel is holding 10-20 cents cheaper on average than 87 octane gasoline. Diesel is $1.99, where 87 gasoline is $2.19 & up. Back in the late 1970's & early 1980's diesel could be found for .87 cents

    It would take a short novel to explain the process to refine diesel fuel, and all the variables that effect the cost. So GOOGLE "diesel fuel" you will find lots of reading my friend.
  3. Looking Good Lawn Service

    Looking Good Lawn Service LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    yup, same here in RI, diesel is same price as regular...2.37 diesel, 2.37 regular at hess, prem. gas is 2.57
  4. salopez

    salopez LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    I agree. it was always cheaper growing up.

    one point is that we are using alot of diesel in our wars! I think 10k gallons a day.

    then we have refineries here at their max, and old, and breaking down...

    oh and well they can! diesel is used by businesses...we need it and cant make money without it so....we will pay more because we have to.
  5. WH401

    WH401 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 571

    Diesel is cheaper here by anywhere from 5 - 15 cents, never thought I would see that day again. Hell just back in 2000 you could find it for $1 and a little change, hard to believe that was already almost 10 years ago.
  6. benjammin

    benjammin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    The demand for diesel has increased. Even though it is less refined, the refineries are maxed out.
  7. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    ask the "Environmentalist" wacks why its' more.........they will tell you about the low sulfur requirements and how it is no longer "less processed" or refined.....
  8. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    Diesel is around $2.45 here and holding steady, while REGULAR 87 octane is between $2.45 and $2.50/gal. Kinda kicking myself for not getting a diesel :hammerhead: Oh well, it could swing like it was last year with diesel at nearly $5/gal and gas around $1+ cheaper.
  9. lyube

    lyube LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,597

    Government restrictions removed the "less refined" part years ago, otherwise it would be much cheaper.
  10. Duffster

    Duffster LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 1,197

    Did you honestly base your buying decision on the fact that diesel was higher than gasoline.

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