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The Facts On Gasoline

Feb 21, 2008
When it comes to filling up your vehicle every day, you often think to yourself, "Where does this gas come from and how does the pricing work, etc, etc?" The questions that you sometimes think about may go on forever. Since you can't get every answer in life, I want to discuss some big issues that pertain to the gasoline industry. Hopefully after you read this article, you'll better understand the industry and how it works.

What's the future of the oil industry?

Let's face it, as long as vehicles run on gas, there will be a demand for gasoline. As car manufactures try to gear away from the gasoline powered engine and put more work into a hybrid type model, people often wonder if they'll ever even see this type of car. It's a question that is on everyone's mind. When it comes down to the industry, it really comes down to supply and demand. Like any product on the market, if there's a demand for it, it's going to have a price tag. The higher the demand, the more it's going to cost the consumer.

Are we looking at the highest gas prices ever?

Believe it or not, we aren't looking at the highest gas prices ever. If you look back at historical data that pertains to gas prices, you'll notice that in the late 70's, early 80's, gas prices were about the same they were today in 2008. If you add in inflation, you'll realize that gas prices are well below the historical average.

Why is gas cheaper in some states?

If you ever travel the globe, you'll notice that gas prices are different in other areas. Why is this? There are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to determining gas prices. A few factors that come into play are the proximity of the supply, how much competition there is in the market around you, operating costs, and state taxes.

When it comes to state taxes, every state will vary; this is what plays a big part in determining local gas prices. Another fact that comes to mind is the area you fill up in. As you may know by now, each country within your state has its own tax schedule. Some counties will have higher tax brackets than others which plays an effect on gas stations in that area.

When it comes to gasoline industry, there are so many questions people have when it comes down to it. The best way to find your answers is to either do a little research online or if you can't find what you're looking for on there, your local library should have an extensive collection of information pertaining to many popular gas topics. Gas will be around for a while and like I mentioned above, it's not going anywhere as long as vehicles are travelling the roads. If you're sick of the gasoline prices and how they work, there are many alternatives to saving on fuel; it's your job to take action!
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