As I'm adjusting to using diesel fuel instead of gasoline, I noted that diesel fuel was up 40 cents per gallon since I got my car a few weeks ago. Gasoline was driven down until recently when certain refineries went offline.
While I understand that except for light trucks and a few Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen models, there aren't many consumer diesel-driven vehicles and the price will fluctuate, I'm sure there is more to the price of gasoline being prodded in a certain direction.
If there isn't much demand, you can't really get people to pay what you want, unless they need a refill at that time. At 29 mpg, I could generally wait weeks to see what happened. Now, at 35-40 mpg, I can hope that diesel fuel changes to what I want.
It all feels like we're being herded to slaughter by the oil companies and/or refiners. May their party funds go empty waiting for us to pay. I don't mind any company making a reasonable profit, but when regular people have to choose between getting to a job and eating, should there be that sort of a choice?
Oh, and just for fun, I went to a filling station that had a single diesel pump around the back, in the dark. I wasn't about to be mugged but it's interesting when the gasoline pumps under the canopy are well lit.