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Gas Prices Continue To Rise

Gas prices hit a historic high
Gas prices hit a national average of $3.59 Monday – the highest ever for a Feb. 11.

A combination of high crude prices, refinery shutdowns, and early speculation has sent gas prices soaring to seasonal highs earlier than usual this year, with no signs of prices at the pump falling until spring, according to recent estimates.

Gas prices have climbed every day for the past 25 days, reaching a national average of $3.59 per gallon Monday, the most expensive national average ever for Feb. 11, according to AAA.

During just the past two weeks, average prices have climbed almost 25 cents, the biggest jump in gas prices in almost a year.

“This is a very early rise,” says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. “January has tended to be a quiet month through the years, but the rally really began in earnest around Jan. 15.”


One thing I’d like to know is why the blend prices jump the way they do. These days, 87 octane gas is called “regular”, but it used to be called #!$* “economy” when I was younger. And the gas that we’re getting is at least 10% ethanol, which artificially boosts the octane rating while at the same time providing less energy to power your engine. So 87 octane is more like 83 octane. In other words, it’s Turd World Goat Pee. But the blend prices jump 20 to 30 cents per gallon going from 87 to 89, a delta of 2 octane points, while only jumping 10 cents from 89 to 93, a delta of 4 points. And without that ethanol and today’s modern downsized terminology, “super premium” would be called “regular”.

So we’re paying a lot more, for a lot less. I feel a little bit sad for folks who have cars with high performance engines that require actual 93 octane gas to run their best ... and I have no idea how anybody can keep those old 60s and 70s high compression V8 engines running. I could have sworn those engines needed 100-104 octane gas, and leaded to boot. That kind of stuff costs $23/gal these days. Even 100 octane avgas is over $6/gal, and that’s a tad illegal to use in your street car.

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 02/12/2013 at 04:02 PM   
  1. Hey Drew, speaking of paying more for less, and not to downplay that irritating practice,
    do you remember the pound of coffee when it was 16 ounces? When it dropped to 13 ounces the price never changed. Well, actually it did. It went up. Been awhile but I think tins are now what? 11 ounces?

    Prices at the pump here are very high. Of course the imp. gal. is I think a pint more than US gal. But still.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   02/12/2013  at  05:13 PM  
  2. My “1 pound” brick of Caribe now weighs 10 ounces. And the price has gone up from $1.69 to $1.99 to $2.39. That’s about 40%, and the brick keeps getting smaller.

    Oh BTW, the coffee crop may have failed. Time to stock up now before the stuff is $20/lb.
    Growing methods and lack of genetic diversity in the beans has made them susceptible to rust.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   02/12/2013  at  06:17 PM  
  3. I always put the highest number 92/93 in my GT Mustang, but it’s a 2010, so it’s made for this crap.  I would like to run a tank of aviation fuel sometime to see what it would do.  Maybe after I supercharge it.  Illegal?  What the heck is that?  It’s just a game, see who they can catch at something.

    Posted by Mr Evilwrench    United States   02/12/2013  at  06:25 PM  
  4. It does not increase Octane, it reduced detonation and knock values.Its similar to what water injection does.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   02/12/2013  at  11:51 PM  
  5. "Under my policies, energy prices would necessarily rise dramatically” - Barack Obama

    4 more years of this clown’s “policies”.  This ain’t getting better any time soon.

    Now you might think I don’t have a horse in this race because I’m in Canada, but:  Because gasoline is a commodity, and because Canada buys a lot of its refined gasoline from the United States, we’re feeling the pain as well.  Gas prices today shot up to $1.299 per liter in my area, and since our dollars are very close right now, that works out to $4.92 per U.S. gallon.

    Maybe I can work from home 1 day a week or something… Crap.

    Posted by Argentium G. Tiger    Canada   02/13/2013  at  01:02 AM  
  6. Another thing,AV Gas is basically just regular that is blended to not freeze or boil at high altitude,that’s why it works in high compression engine reasonably well but its not the best solution. Racing gas is available in most large urban areas and runs about double the cost of standard blends.

    Posted by Rich K    United States   02/13/2013  at  04:52 AM  
  7. "100LL” is standard avgas. They measure it differently than the “mogas” method (R+M)/2, but 100LL is rated at 100 octane “lean” and 130 octane “rich”.

    The link to VP Racing Fuel shows they sell 120+ octane leaded racing gas among other blends. Street legal or not, it’s all a waste if your engine doesn’t have the compression that demands it.

    I once had a 4 stroke dirt bike that I’d put a 12.5:1 piston in. Used to buy 104+ gas from the local gas station who had a dedicated pump for it. It made a big difference in low end torque. Sunoco 260, or was it Cam2? Can’t remember. It was expensive, but a 5 gallon can would last for days worth of riding a 250cc thumper.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   02/13/2013  at  04:49 PM  
  8. They make octane & lead additives for the old monsters. One is called something like “104+ w/lead”. Put in one small bottle per tankful and you are good to go. I had to use it in my 1967 Chevelle that had 11.5:1 compression pistons in it. There also used to be a pump of “Turbo-Blue” at a station off of Needmore Rd. we all went to when I lived in Dayton. Real high (for today) octane, but real expensive.

    Posted by KnightHawk67    United States   02/14/2013  at  01:53 PM  
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