Why diesel is more expensive in California than the rest of US 

A California retail station with sky-high gasoline and diesel prices

With California about to enact yet another increase in its excise tax on motor fuels, and with fuel prices in the Golden State remaining well above the rest of the country, a driver filling a truck might ask the legendary question posed by Talking Heads: Well, how did I get here?

Here are some numbers to illustrate how the market has changed over time. The data series from the Energy Information Administration on ultra low sulfur diesel prices in California and the rest of the country goes back...


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