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Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Fighting $4-a-gallon diesel

    4-23-08 by simpson

    An Apache Junction, Arizona, trucking firm is fighting to stay in business in the face of $4-a-gallon diesel by driving across the border to Mexico to buy fuel where it sells for $2 a gallon.

    CNN tells the story of how Romano and Son built a 500-gallon tank to haul diesel fuel back from south of the border. They made one successful trip, but were told on their second try by border officials that they can only bring 119 gallons across at a time.

    Ironically, notes Insider, much of the diesel exported from the western United States goes to Mexico.  Here are export figures from the U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration.

    As diesel was threatening to break through the $4 level in January — the most recent month for which data is available — U.S. refineries shipped 982,000 barrels or 41.2 million gallons of diesel to Mexico. The 2008 shipments far exceed January shipments in any other year except  2000 and 2001.

    Sharon Romano tells CNN she is angry with her government and with President Bush.

    Does anybody wonder why?

     

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