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That was certainly not very informative… how about some meat with the potatoes!  At least a citation for further reading!

This is a great website for more answers. The import and export of “oil” is very tricky because of what (crude v. refined) is moving. 

Factors affecting gasoline prices – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

And yes locally ALL the “gas” comes from the same refinery! They just add different color and additives for each brand! Question is why does one gas station sell it for (last week – Daytona) for $ 3.99 while down the street it’s $4.59? It’s both “top tier”! Greed! I use an app (the buddy one) and plan my route and fillups. Save $5-$10 per fillup X 52 weeks = $ 260 to $ 520 a year!   

 

I forgot one thing – there is a WAR going on and combined with Covid – all calculations are broken. 

BTW I have a degree in petroleum engineering and worked as a ruff neck on drilling rigs !

 


BAMF


BAMF


HalfDork


5/27/22 7:13 p.m.

You see, when two dinosaurs really love each other and then get hit by an asteroid….

The real question, where is gas going? crying

In reply to BAMF :

That was the thought for a long time and led to the entire theory of peak oil.  It’s a good thing it’s not true.

In reply to f1carguy :

Cool.  I used to work for a worldwide gas and oil consultant.  If everyone knew how much oil there is in the world and the cost of a barrel of oil in certain parts of the world, people would be even angrier about fuel costs.  The main driver in the cost of a barrel of oil is market speculation and the forborten topic of politics.  Technology needed and drilling sets the base cost but the two previous factors drive prices up and down rapidly and in big swings.  The gasoline producers and stations are always reacting to that.  

Oil imports and exports – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

From the website:

Even though U.S. annual total petroleum exports were greater than total petroleum imports in 2020 and 2021, the United States still imported some crude oil and petroleum products from other countries to help to supply domestic demand for petroleum and to supply international markets.

The United States remained a net crude oil importer in 2021, importing about 6.11 million b/d of crude oil and exporting about 2.90 million b/d. However, some of the crude oil that the U.S. imports is refined by U.S. refineries into petroleum products—such as gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, and jet fuel—that the U.S. exports. Also, some of imported petroleum may be stored and subsequently exported.

So it is not transparent what the oil producers are doing but it looks like funny business to me. We also import low grade crude (lots of sulfur ) from Canada – only to export it and it comes back to us clean and refined!

I can’t wait to go all electric! Clean electric from COAL! Haha!

In reply to f1carguy :

It’s not really funny. What they didn’t mention is that crude oil is not the same world-wide. Each field has different “contaminants” if you will, and it takes refineries that are designed to cope with them to turn the crude oil into something useful. It’s why some people in the know laughed when Hugo Chavez threatened to send his Venezuelan crude to China instead of the U. S.; China didn’t have the refineries to cope with it, only the U.S. did.

The most eye-opening information I have seen regarding oil gave the breakdown of products from each barrel of oil. Only about 44% goes to gasoline for motors and about 66% to transportation. The rest goes to things like fertilizer, plastics, textiles and pharmaceuticals, among other things.

 

Rising oil prices, whether due to short-term events like wars and COVID or to long-term effects like regulation, affect the prices of, literally,  everything we buy.

Also, we call them fossil fuels, but that doesn’t really mean dinosaurs. Oil is, almost entirely, from marine organisms like algae and plankton. That means it is SOMEWHAT renewable… tell your anti-fossil fuel friends that and watch their heads explode hahahahahaha

 

In reply to f1carguy :

Coal fuels about 20% of US electrical generation and has declined rapidly since about 2008. That is, roughly, the same percentage as nuclear, which SHOULD be increasing dramatically but isn’t because regulators are politicians.

I get your point, though,

AnthonyGS (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to BAMF :

That was the thought for a long time and led to the entire theory of peak oil.  It’s a good thing it’s not true.

No,    but accessibility is true.  The world is going further and further afield seeking crude and spending a lot of money to get to it.   All those costs add to the price at the pump.  
  What does a high volume drilling rig cost for the North Atlantic?   Those super tankers?  To haul it around?  
then maintinence and eventual scrapping? 

DaleCarter said:

In reply to f1carguy :

Coal fuels about 20% of US electrical generation and has declined rapidly since about 2008. That is, roughly, the same percentage as nuclear, which SHOULD be increasing dramatically but isn’t because regulators are politicians.

I get your point, though,

The politicians are reacting to the fear the citizens have.  Notice no politicos ever wins a campaign by educating the public?   They win because they instilled more fear of their opponent than their opponent did of them.  
       Yes I happen to agree that nuclear can be a safer alternative to coal.  And coal has killed a lot of people while nuclear very very few. 

A good article (3 minute read or listen).  https://www.npr.org/2022/09/15/1123108797/planet-money-breaks-down-the-price-of-a-gallon-of-gasoline

Long story short, as we already know, politicians don’t set gas prices.  The costs of producing, distributing, and marketing gasoline are pretty fixed.  The only thing that changes is the market-driven commodity pricing of the crude itself.  The costs of mining are relatively fixed.  It doesn’t cost shell any more or less to drill if the crude prices are $20/bl or $200/bl.  The profit from our $4 gasoline is all going to the oil companies with the crude.  It’s not their fault that gas is $4/gal.  If anything it’s our fault collectively.  Supply, demand, and market value drive the price of crude.  Russia invading Ukraine caused a global shift in crude prices.  Covid caused drilling an refining to slow or stop because of lower demand.  Ramping up drilling and refining again isn’t an overnight thing.  Prices are coming down because we’re getting back to pre-covid drilling and supply.  Once Russia stops being shiny happy people, that market tension and supply will settle.

Too bad History Channel — Modern Marvels Gasoline S8, E28 isn’t on YouTube, but there is;

Youtube.com: How the World Runs on Oil: Modern Marvels (S14, E23) | Full Episode 

 

 

 

In reply to Curtis73 (Forum Supporter) :

Politicians don’t set prices, but they affect them as much, or more, than non-governmental forces. Taxes and regulation are a huge component of the cost and governments restrict or increase global supply through regulations, embargoes, ‘green” efforts, etc

Governments in the US make more profit on a gallon of gas than the producers.

In reply to DaleCarter :

The only money they make off of gasoline is the federal tax which has been 18.4 cents since 1993.

We got about 10 new GRM forum members from this article. Wow!

Interesting stuff. Thanks for writing about it. 



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