Originally Posted by schrederman
It would sure be nice for the trucks and trains to start using CNG more... You'd be amazed at how much diesel fuel the railroads use. Granted they move a ton of freight for many miles per gallon of fuel... but there are SO MANY tons to move... If the trucking industry and railroads had not exploded in the past couple of decades, our diesel prices would still be less than unleaded... where they used to be. Probably just wishful thinking...
Demand for diesel only plays a small role in the price. As I recall reading not that long ago, it's the cost of refining the new low sulfur blends that is primarily responsible for the increased cost at the pump.
The diesel we have today is far more pure than the barely cracked fuel oil we used to run. I can only imagine how long one of our current generation engines would run on the diesel we had 15 years ago..
With high pressure fuel pump failures costing as much as $10k to replace along with filters, I don't mind paying a little more for the better fuel.