• Tom L Posted: 5/16/2008 4:44pm PDT

    It's too late to repeal the diesel clean air laws. If you tried to pour high-sulfur fuel into a new engine you'd damage it. I loathe to agree with Bush in general but there's no magic wand to be waived here. Today in the news the Saudis told Bush they wouldn't raise production. They said their customers weren't requesting it which is BS, the real reason is that they're making a killing selling it at the current prices so why would they change?

  • Dave Posted: 5/15/2008 11:32pm PDT

    Does anyone know the fuel economy of a class 8 in Europe?

  • Henry Posted: 5/15/2008 8:40pm PDT

    The extra tax on diesel is a drop in the bucket compared with the additional cost of refining the new low sulfur diesel that meets "clean air" requirements. What they need to do is repeal the section of the clean air act that requires diesel engines to be as "clean" as gasoline. Cutting the diesel tax would be a start, however, 6 cents per gallon doesn't account for the difference between regular gas and diesel.
    Not having to go through the extensive refining process, we would see the yeild on a barrel of oil rise and costs would drop. In addition, someone purchasing a diesel car would be able to realize real savings.
    Of course, the government could give a rats a$$ about our well being, so the above ain't gonna happen.

  • Tom L Posted: 5/15/2008 3:27pm PDT

    This may be a short term solution but is certainly not a long term solution. Consumer demand for diesel cars would shoot up and market demand for diesel fuel would drive prices right back up. Then you couldn't add the taxes back in without overly burdening both consumers and the trucking industry.

  • Dave Posted: 5/15/2008 2:43pm PDT

    We need some refining capacity that is seperate from heating oil too.