Gas prices are averaging $3.20 across the United States, and the cost for a gallon of gasoline is likely to remain high. Lynn Westfall, chief economist for Tesoro, recently told BusinessWeek that consumers have already spent $20 billion more on gasoline this year than last-a considerable dent in their disposable incomes.

Tesoro is a major gasoline distributor, owning a half-dozen refineries and 278 Shell gas stations. Oil prices and refinery capacities continue to push gasoline prices up. Westfall says the jump of crude oil from $30 to $70 a barrel has caused spikes in fuel costs because 60 to 70 percent of gasoline costs is the cost of crude oil.

Tesoro said that some of its refineries were down this spring, meanwhile gasoline demand continues to grow at a rate of 2.5 refineries every couple of years. Westfall told BusinessWeek that they simply cannot build additional refineries because it costs $32 billion to build one in the United States. In the meantime, he says the growing demand for gasoline will continue to drive the price of gasoline higher, and he does not expect the problem to be resolved any time soon.

You know what this means, people need to buy more four-banger minis and lay them out. Suddenly, 24 miles to the gallon sounds great.

Browsin' Around
www.bluepanic.jp - It's pretty much impossible to read, unless you're from Japan. But it does have some cool pics.

www.idslamyou.com - Site with forums and lots of cool minitruckers to chat with.

www.customtruckvideos.com - The name says it all.

www.lowintentions.com - A truck-club site from Australia.

ShopShout-Outs
Cando Specialties
6120 Lincoln Blvd., Unit H.
Oroville, CA 95966
(530) 533-8680
www.candospecialties.com

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Many animals are illegal to own as pets, including snails, sloths, and elephants.
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No vehicle without a driver may exceed 60 miles per hour.

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