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No Small Potatoes
updated: Jan 31, 2013, 9:09 PM

By Max Rosenberg

Gas Prices in Idaho today:

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 COMMENT 369675P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 10:15 PM

We have choices. I'd rather pay more for fuel and live here.


 COMMENT 369678P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:03 PM

Why has gas gone up about 20 cents/gallon the last couple of days, anyone know?


 COMMENT 369685P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 11:59 PM

Yes. But who wants to live in Idaho? Ugh. Nice to ski there, and then come home to SB w/ 74°F. and gorgeous Island views.


 COMMENT 369693P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 03:35 AM

678, the crisis in Mali?


 COMMENT 369701 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 06:36 AM

What happened to diesel? Wasn't it way cheaper than gas when VW came out with their diesel Rabbit at 50mpg?


 COMMENT 369717 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:15 AM

I never understood how gas is cheaper in places like Idaho where it has to be shipped longer distance than here


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:33 AM

As far as Santa Barbara gas prices go, the oil companies have never gotten over our reaction to the 1969 oil spill at the Union platform. We fought back, had tighter restrictions placed on them, and kicked off national enviornmental awarness. So they make us pay! I drive as little as possible, rather pay a little more here than live in Idaho.


 STRAY agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:36 AM

California has more people and cars than Idaho, thus Californians have greater air pollution concerns than Idahoans.

Fuel sold in California must be refined more to make it burn cleaner. This extra refining increases fuel costs.


 COMMENT 369739 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:46 AM

The spread between diesel and regular is amazing.


 COMMENT 369754 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 08:18 AM

the combined taxes and summer fuel surcharges is about 40 cents a gallon for Californian drivers. How about the other 60 cents in the Idaho case? It's not just high in SB. SLO is usually about as high as SF. It's gone up here about 20 cents in 4 days. Now just under or at $4 gal in SLO.

You can use gasbuddy.com to find the daily cheapest gas, and report where you find it so others can utilize the info.

For anyone driving north, cheapest gas in SLO county is at the Von's in Nipomo--now about 25 cents lower than SLO. Salinas has several cheap outlets near the Highway 68/Monterey Peninsula offramps. Generally about 60 cents cheaper than SB-SLO. Gas up there if continuing north. Avoid gas in King City at all costs. They have you by the nosehairs. If you can't make it to Salinas, the station at the Crazy Horse truck stop just south of town is a bit cheaper.

If you are driving south from SB, where do you find the cheapest gas?


 COMMENT 369809 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:26 AM

I'm driving to Idaho to save some $, who's with me?


 RHS agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:51 AM

Diesel costs more despite being cheaper to produce because the airlines use essentially the same stuff and there is a big demand for it. Back in the day it was almost waste product--kerosene. The cost of fuel is controlled by supply and demand and the is a world wide demand right now so oil production and distribution is a high profit game with a "gentleman's agreement" between the producers not to compete as there is a big enough demand for all to prosper big time.


 COMMENT 369849 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:20 AM

Not including externalities, of course.


 COMMENT 369867 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:46 AM

Diesel and fuel oil are the same as I understand it. When it's cold in areas where fuel oil is used for home heating diesel becomes scarcer and the price goes up.


 COMMENT 369895 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:34 AM

Prices are higher because we have the CARB board making decisions about air quality without implementing strategies to ensure that supply issues don't result from them. Someone suggested that we allow CA to import gas from Nevada whenever we have "apparent" supply issues due to refinery problems that cause increases in prices for no reason. But of course they won't implement such a reasonable idea.

The latest is that CARB is requiring that the refineries purchase their crude with specific standards. Turns out this means that we should get our gas from Iran instead of local Ca wells. So CARB is going to help our enemies and require expensive transport of crude instead of supporting local infrastructure that has to comply with stringent environmental laws. Who died and made them king?


 COMMENT 369912 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:46 AM

Read UN Agenda 21 and you will know why. We are being played and they write about it and laugh at our ignorance. Listen to alternative radio ie KPFK or Alex Jones for the truth.


 COMMENT 369913 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:46 AM

Alternatively, please don't. Because Alex Jones is crazy.


 COMMENT 369925 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 12:20 PM

They have it, we need it, end of story....and I have a diesel vehicle...rrgghhh.


 COMMENT 369993 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 02:36 PM

Diesel is higher because the refineries can make more money exporting it to other countries and therefore the supply for the US is tight, allowing them to raise prices.

Does anyone else notice how it only takes one day to raise gas prices by a lot, but that once the price of crude goes down it takes a long time for the prices to go back down?

That market is totally manipulated by the oil companies and the state regulators that are supposed to protect our interests are asleep or off at a conference or something.


 COMMENT 370001 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 02:57 PM

As a motorcycle rider I have to say that most diesel powered vehicles stink... getting caught behind one is worse than being in a car with a smoker - ugh! Yeah, the newer diesel engines are a lot cleaner but the majority on the road aren't new.... yuk!


 COMMENT 370023 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 03:53 PM

Also, Chevron just got fined a whopping one million dollars for the incompetence and intentional malfeasance that led to last year's refinery fire in Richmond, which helped lead to $5+ prices statewide. The fine is a joke--they made far more in windfall profits because of the "shortage." Nationalize the industry!


 COMMENT 370064 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 06:24 PM

No one here has hit the nail yet. WAR RUNS ON DIESEL Think of the military and how it gets around.I have a diesel,it burns much cleaner than older types.Go bio-diesel. I wish it were more plentiful.


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