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376House proposes 15-cent federal gas tax hike [w/poll]

The cost of a gallon of fuel may go up if a Democratic representative from Oregon gets his way. Earl Blumenauer has reportedly proposed a bill in the House of Representatives to raise the federal gas tax 15 cents per gallon in a bid to cover a shortfall in transportation funding (we told you so?). The current federal tax is 33.4 cents per gallon on gas and 42.8 cents per gallon of diesel.

6Volatile fuel prices top concern for fleet managers; 28% to add plug-in vehicles within 12 months

Corporate fleet managers rated volatile fuel prices as their top concern for 2011, according to a survey conducted by General Electric Capital Fleet Services. The survey of 105 fleet managers found that driver safety and overall cost savings do matter. However, both are considered to be less of a concern than unstable fuel prices.

40Diesel "take rate" on the rise; 30 percent choose diesel option if available

2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

31Do hybrids or diesels reign supreme? Hm. We'll take one of each

We recently reported on a comparison test where Autocar pitted three diesels against a gasoline-powered Alfa and the Honda CR-Z hybrid. The results showed that the diesels were the mileage champs in that test with the CR-Z placing fourth and the gas-fed Alfa in last place. Well, comments poured suggesting that the Toyota Prius would have trounced the competition, which is likely true. It was also noted that the whole test was unfair in many ways, which may be right. Fairness aside, there's sever

64Why can't Americans have good, small diesels?

Why can't Americans have good, small diesels?

28GM marketing boss Mark LaNeve apparently unaware that diesel is now cheaper than gas

Over the last several years, we've heard a lot of excuses from many auto executives as to why their companies aren't offering diesel engines in their American market cars. Yesterday, General Motors' Mark LaNeve, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, made an appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. The final question of the segment came from a viewer wondering why GM has failed to offer U.S. consumers the chance to buy some of the high-mileage diesel cars it offers in Europe.

85GM marketing boss Mark LaNeve apparently unaware that diesel is now cheaper than gas

Over the last several years, we've heard a lot of excuses from many auto executives as to why their companies aren't offering diesel engines in their American market cars. Yesterday, General Motors' Mark LaNeve, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, made an appearance on C-SPAN's Washington Journal. The final question of the segment came from a viewer wondering why GM has failed to offer U.S. consumers the chance to buy some of the high-mileage diesel cars it offers in Europe.

19Average diesel fuel price back below mid-grade gasoline nationwide

Since the second half of 2007, the price of diesel in the U.S. has climbed from its historic level of selling at or below the price of regular gas to a point 15-to-20 percent higher than premium for much of 2008.

9Diesel prices now back below regular gas in Michigan

Since the second half of 2007, the price of diesel fuel in the United States climbed from its traditional place selling at or below the price of regular gas to a point 15-20 percent higher than premium through much of 2008. For automakers that were planning on introducing new 50-state legal diesel vehicles in 2008-9, as well as drivers looking forward to buying them, that was a big problem. The price differential ate up much of the operating cost savings that diesels provide thanks to their grea

10Naysayers alert: cost of diesel drops below premium gas

At least one barrier to diesel ownership may be falling by the wayside now that the average price for a gallon of diesel fuel has dropped below that of premium gasoline in the United States. According to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. government, the average price of diesel fuel in this country on February 16th was $2.18. By way of comparison, the average gallon of premium gas: $2.19.

30Average price of diesel drops below premium gas

The diesel engine has never really gotten a fair shake here in the United States, for a variety of reasons. Beyond the biggest of consumer-grade pickup trucks, the majority of diesel engines offered here in the U.S. have been below par, souring many drivers on the notion that an oil-burner can work as everyday transportation. As evidenced by our recent review of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, however, those concerns are ancient history with today's crop of diesel-powered passenger vehicles.

31Interactive map reveals our global oil useage by barrel, money

The Rocky Mountain Institute has created a nifty interactive map that shows you where the U.S. gets its oil from, along with how much - and who - the U.S. pays for its oil. Based on the thickness of the lines, you can see just how much black stuff is coming from where. The map goes as far back as 1973, the year of the first oil crisis, and is accompanied by a graph charting usage and dollars since then. As you'll notice in the pic above, we give a whole lot of money to Saudi Arabia, as well as o

52Are fuel prices hurting acceptance of modern diesels?

click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

46So just why is diesel so much more expensive than gasoline now?

That's a question that defies a simple answer right now. In large part that's because oil companies are so opaque about the realities of their business. Detroit News columnist John McCormick ponders the question of the recent run-up in diesel prices just months ahead of the launch of a slew of new diesel-powered vehicles. Typically, diesel fuel in the U.S. has been at parity or slightly more expensive than gasoline. But in the past couple of months it has shot up to be about thirty percent more

44Trucker's Association wants a 65-mph national speed limit... for everyone?

The trucking industry spend $113 billion on diesel fuel last year, and the way prices are going up, the industry will shell out $135 billion this year. To help restrain that kind of runaway profit-loss, the American Trucking Associations has released a list of ideas on how the federal government can lower fuel prices.

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