Diesel Fuel Prices & Trucking Industry Essay

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The recent surge in the cost of heating oil, diesel fuel, and gasoline in the United States has had significant impact on many sectors of the U.S. economy, but most importantly it has had quite a devastating affect on the trucking industry. This is important due to the fact that nearly “70% of U.S. communities rely solely on trucking for their supplies” (“ATA” 23). If the government continues it’s trend of non-intervention and refuses to place pressure on OPEC, the prices will continue to soar well over the two-dollar mark, and cause the trucking industry as a whole to shut down bringing the U.S. economy to a grinding halt.
What is the reason that gasoline and fuel prices are so high? Most people believe it is because of OPEC raising the
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4). A clear example of this can be seen by The Chrysler Corporation’s sales of Dodge Ram pickup trucks. Once the “11th best selling vehicle, it is now the 4th best seller; above the more fuel efficient Ford Taurus and Honda Accord” (Phillips 22).
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and EIA (Energy Information Administration) both play key roles in the types of fuel we can run in our cars and trucks and thus they indirectly play a role in the overall “price package” that we consumers have to pay. When fuel arrives in the United States about 95% of it is in its natural state; that is crude oil. It is then pumped or shipped to refineries where certain qualities are achieved such as diesel fuel, kerosene, gasoline, and heating oil. The EPA’s role is to regulate the amount of additives and other chemicals that are added to the fuels, which give them certain cleansing and lubricating properties. An important and very controversial additive in diesel fuel is sulphur.
All grades of diesel fuel, No.1 (kerosene), No.2 on-road fuel, and No.3 off-road fuel, have sulphur in them to keep the engines burning clean and to allow the fuel to burn properly (diesel fuel is almost non-flammable in it’s virgin state without additives). Sulphur however is a dangerous pollutant and has very damaging affects on the ozone layer, thus it is the EPA’s responsibility to step in and decide on the

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