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  • It is harder to refine
  • Sorry, right now, across at least 2 states, it is cheaper by about 10 cents a gallon.
  • right now gas is more the diesel..........
  • Diesel fuel is a derivative of gasoline. Right now, for some reason, diesel fuel is cheaper than gasoline, at least in Tennessee.
  • As of an hour ago when I drove home (in NH) ... Diesel $2.85 Gas $3.02 / $3.17 / #3.27
  • Where I live diesel is cheaper now than regular unleaded.
  • It's kind of like whole vs skim milk... Skim is cheaper because the fat that is removed can be used to make other things (cottage cheese, cheese, ice cream etc). Consider gasoline as skim milk... The solids that are removed also contain heat energy. Diesel fuel has more solids, and more heat energy... Thus justifying the higher cost. Diesel prices have stayed lower lately, as it's use is relativly constant year round. Gasoline prices have risen with spring demand... And then some.
  • come to NZ.... deisel is WAY cheaper than petrol!
  • In the UK diesel is cheaper.
  • The cost actually depends on where you live.
  • Gas is a more refined petroleum product than diesel. So on the surface it looks like diesel should always be cheaper. But its the economy of scale. If you refine more(in this case way more) gasoline you streamline the process and it gets cheaper to make. Take when unleaded gas first came out. UL was more expensive than Leaded Gas. Then gradually as cars switched, Leaded gas became more expensive. Lead was always an additive to the gas for cooling purposes, so it should have always been more expensive.
  • taxes,taxes,taxes, it is easier to tax diesel fuel than gasoline b/c the voting public for the most part does not buy diesel fuel.if gasoline taxes are raised politicians hear from their constituents, so we'll tax the fuel on all these big trucks... "dont tax you,dont tax me we'll tax that guy behind the tree.
  • $3.07 for Regular Unleaded, and $3.59 for Diesel, Southern California
  • Where is diesel more expensive then gasoline? Here in Norway it`s the other way around.. Diesel has always been cheaper then gasoline here..
  • I work for Delek Refining. Diesel now has to go through a whole new refining process to bring the sulfer level down to 15ppm. it must be tested in batches to make positively sure of this. It takes longer to make in a more complex process.
  • If I remember correctly, back in the '70's diesel prices went up and all the independant truckers went on strike for a couple days and then the prices went back down. Now I think they just add it into the price of shipping so they don't loose money while on strike. Also, supply and demand. Here in KS diesel is about .20 cents a gallon more than premium gas.
  • Because i went out and bought a diesel!!!!!!!
  • ??? Here in Montreal, it is gasoline that is more expensive ... diesel is always cheaper.
  • There is some truth in some of the other answers. Yes it is easier to tax diesel as there is less of a voting public, which uses diesel, to lean on the politicians. What’s really at the core of the price discrepancy ($3.03 unleaded and $3.43 diesel in Michigan)? Corporate Politics. If diesel was cheaper here maybe more people would consider buying some of the clean diesel cars available today. You are able to extract more power per gallon of diesel than gasoline thereby increasing the mpg (30 mpg in my 1982 Mercedes 300SD). Increased mpg means less gallons sold. Also, diesels can run a variety of other fuels. I run Biodiesel in the summer and have friends who have converted their diesels to run on veggie oil. If we can run more vehicles on biodiesel we can put an end to farm subsidies a stop paying farmers not to plant. If we can grow our own fuel where are the Sheiks going to get their trillions from? (I feel another sleepless night coming on.) I believe the big oil companies know this and are willing participants in the effort to keep us “petro” dependant.
  • If diesel is cheaper everywhere else in the world, we must be getting gouged here in Virginia. The price for Regular gas is $3.15/gal Diesel is $3.89/gal
  • I think it's the world out to smite me. Diesel has been cheaper than gas for as long as I can remember. Then I buy a diesel car and it reverses. Story of my life...
  • Here in Easton, PA, Gasoline is $3.15, Diesel is $4.25!
  • Diesel is cheaper than gasoline in Belgium.
  • I suppose it must be because it is more expensive to refine. Or there is an increased demand for deisel. But I suspect it is the former.
  • TRUCKS!!!! trucks have to run to deliver product. passenger vehicle owners can choose not to drive them.
  • Its a scam. Diesel is far less refined than gassoline. Even with new clean diesel mandates, it should still be cheaper.
  • It's called supply and demand. In this case the demand was raised when everybody began buying diesels a few years ago, Once a few million people had them they jacked the prices to jack our cash yo...
  • Diesel has always been less expensive to refine than gasoline even today with the lower sulfur content. When the sulfur content started to be lowered the price of diesel spiked higher than gasoline and the oil companies said it was because of the drop in production and supply in the low sulfur fuel that caused the spike and promised that it would come down when capacity went up. Diesel did go down after a while so one can only conclude that this huge rise in price has to be from manipulation of the markets from the oil companies and futures markets.
  • supply and demand.
  • Why is it more expense to buy Gasoline vice Diesel... its called deterrence. Big Oil does not want you to by Diesel fuel cars do to there high MPG ratio to gasoline, spend more of you hard earn money faster with GAS than Diesel.... OL' Mighty Dollar..! Sorry but, Biz is Biz...!
  • I heard that it was because diesel is essentially the same as fuel oil that is used in oil furnaces to heat homes and that the additional demand in the winter drives the prices up. By this reasoning the prices should come back down in the spring but we all know that the oil companies aren't in the habit of lowering any of their prices.
  • Simple as 1,2,3. A barrel of crude contains various fuels and diesel, more likely kerosene, is a component. There are so many aircraft, locomotives, trucks, farm machines and industrial engines using this component that it has reached a point of ever increasing demand with no increase in supply. The same applies to gasoline and distillates of much lighter varieties. Too much demand for the limited supply available is the answer in both cases.
  • The previous respondents all had good input as to why diesel costs more than gasoline, but they missed what is perhaps the biggest reason. When a barrel of crude oil is refined or "cracked" into its various components, i.e., gasoline, diesel, home heating oil, etc. etc., only about 15% of a barrel is comprised of diesel fuel. Most of the crude is refined to gasoline. So with the rising demand for diesel, and the fact that you can only extract 15% of the total volume of a barrel into diesel, its no wonder that it is costing more. And of course with the low sulpur requirement it will cost even more to further refine the diesel.....Now you know the rest of the story.
  • Here in the Philippines, Diesel used to be much cheaper than gasoline. That was when the demand of gasoline was higher than diesel. As such, owners shifted to diesel-fed vehicles to lessen their fuel expense. The change in effect lowered the greedy Petroleum companies profits. Now they are continually increasing the pump prices of diesel to be able to amass more wealth. Lesser production cost against high retail prices means higher profit to fill their bulging pockets.... grrreeeeedddddyyyyy.....
  • I'm not an expert in chemical/fluid engineering, but please correct me if I'm wrong; diesel is derivative of gasoline = less-refined than gasoline = diesel is not cleaner than gasoline = diesel is "waste" by-product of gasoline. Setting the economy of scale and supply & demand aside, to me it looks more like corporate greed; gasoline costs $0.87 cents / gallon some places in South America (excluding their GNP/GDP) So, why does diesel (waste by-product) cost more than gasoline in US? Because "they" CAN charge it more = greed?
  • Diesel fuel is taxed differently than gasoline. Also, the standard formulation for diesel fuel in the US just changed with the 2007 model year, and refineries are still playing catch up. The demand is more steady than for gasoline since it's more commercial based so the prices don't fluctuate as quickly.
  • The high diesel costs is a flat out scam, and any intelligent American is fully aware of this. Why would the country design all transport engines to run on diesel in the first place? We know all the real answers. On top of the facts, another is the longevity of these engines. "What goes around comes around" has never been so true in the past two years, and this scam will also be uncovered and exposed like all the other criminals who have been robbing this nation. This is the begining of the end for the guilty. I wait every day to here of another criminal going down.
  • It shouldn't because it takes less processing steps to make diesel than to make gasoline!
  • They should make all vehicles multi-fuel so the owners can choose which fuel they prefer whether by price or performance characteristics! The military has used multi-fuel vehicle since WWII, they can use everything from number two crude to jp4 jet fuel to power their units!
  • deisel fuel costs more because it is the primary fuel used commercially. in other words, the gov't can tax it more. deisel is actually cheaper to produce than gasoline.

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