A few factual tidbits re: rising gas prices; (labor day weekend often marks the peak in gasoline prices for the year). Its a subject I find many people are surprisingly naive about:

First off, by nearly any way you can think of measuring or comparing it, gasoline is extraordinarily cheap in the United States.

Compared to consumer prices in Europe or Japan, we pay about 1/6 of the taxes on it; Taxes in Europe are why gasoline costs more than double the US — Over $1 and change per liter — what it does here.

In terms of adjusting for inflation, the price of gasoline has remained a bargain. You are paying far less than what you paid in inflation adjusted

The price has hardly gone up over the past two decades; Its fluctuated from about $1.75 per gallon — the same price as 1980. In 1980, about $1.15 a gallon was for the actual fuel:

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Source: Oilnergy.com

The balance of what you pay are state and federal taxes, marketing and refining costs:

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Source: DOE

Compare the price of gasoline ($1.75/gal) with Coca Cola (~$2.50/gal). Gasoline first requires crude oil to be explored and found, than extracted form the ground, shipped to a refinery, refined, then distributed and ultimately pumped into your tank. Meanwhile, Coca Cola is essentially colored, sugared tap water.

Lastly, a note on the “branding” of gasoline — most flavors are completely interchangeable; What is called branding is actually little more than marketing/advertising.

There are a few interesting exceptions: The 3 most prominent are Chevron, which uses a patented additive called Techron, (primarily a fuel injector cleaner); Some brands use an octane booster (ie, Sunoco, which sells a 94 plus octane). Lastly, BP/Amoco has their own proprietary formula for premium gas; Its unique, not pumped through pipelines, and only sold at Amoco stations. Many high performance car owners (I know) only put Amoco premium into their high horsepower (Ferrari, Porsche) engines.

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4 Responses to “Gasoline Prices”

  1. David Gordon says:

    I have been saying all along that the price of oil will reach anywhere from $75-$100 a barrel soon. I have researched Alternative Energy sources for over twenty five years now. I say it now as I have in the past ,to empty stadiums, that our quickest way to Energy Independence is the opening of a Treasure Chest called SUPPRESSED TECHNOLOGY. We have it now and we can do it now!! I can prove it!!! I am a retired Instrument Eng/inventor and I can give you so many Suppressed Inventors that it will make your head spin. Thanks for listening. David Gordan inventetc@gis.net

  2. David Gordon says:

    I have been saying all along that the price of oil will reach anywhere from $75-$100 a barrel soon. I have researched Alternative Energy sources for over twenty five years now. I say it now as I have in the past ,to empty stadiums, that our quickest way to Energy Independence is the opening of a Treasure Chest called SUPPRESSED TECHNOLOGY. We have it now and we can do it now!! I can prove it!!! I am a retired Instrument Eng/inventor and I can give you so many Suppressed Inventors that it will make your head spin. Thanks for listening. David Gordan inventetc@gis.net

  3. Elizabeth says:

    yeh. Over $1 and change per liter. i m also looking such reports for my news chanel

    elizabeth
    News Department Voice of USA

  4. Steve Savage says:

    I’m so tired of hearing the “adjusted for inflation” argument. My pay has never been adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage hasn’t been adjusted for inflation.
    There are people who have worked jobs in the 1970′s are making the same wages today in 2007.

    Fuel is now $3.00 a gallon and it hurts. A graph is no panacea when you have to fork over $40 to fill up your tank when before the Bush Regime it took only $15.

    Interestingly, the so-called Venezuelan “Dictator” Hugo Chavez forces his people to pay $0.19 a gallon for gasoline.

    Has anybody ever thought that our government is lying to us?