Remember back in the day diesel was $0.29 a gal? Then Cadilac and Chevrolet made the 350ci converted diesel engine. Next was Oldsmobile. Then the 6.2L came out. Not to be left out Ford intoduced a diesel engine and so on and so on until it has evolved to what we have today. The whole time the price of diesel has rose and rose until the price per gallon passed regular gas. Now what's up? Yep you guessed it. Truckers, Farmers, Constuction companys, the Railroads, industrial Ocean shipping, the Military and us trailer draggers pay the price. So my point would be, I supose if more people used diesel and less people used gas the price of diesel would lower.Interesting. I wonder, however, what the impact would be on diesel fuel prices if a bunch of people switched to diesel. After this last hurricane season disrupted supply and refining capacity, I would be really concerned about the price of fuel.
Refiners can get just about any percentage of gas/diesel/kerosene/etc. they want from a barrel of crude. Just a matter of playing with the cracking process.I thought I read somewhere that you can get more gallons of diesel out of a barrel of oil than you can gas? If that is true, then a reduction in gas usage would make more diesel available.
Also, I think if diesel caught on with the general public we would see a bigger push for bio. Personally, I think that if bio was produced on a larger scale, it could be priced competitively with petro diesel. That would have an even bigger impact on imports than just using less crude oil.