This CNN article has the nationl price per gallon at $4.108, which means that here in Michigan we are well above the national average. Last night, driving up Telegraph, after picking my wife and daughter from the airport, I saw it for $4.10 and that seemed cheap to me, which in retrospect kind of blows my mind. Still, on July 2nd, when I headed out on my road trip to Iowa, it was $4.15, although when I stopped just west of Ann Arbor to gas up, I realized after swiping my card through the machine that the credit price was $4.29. I decided, fuck that, put in about a buck’s worth and moved on to the next station.
As I traveled I noticed that gas prices fell. First as I headed into Indiana, it dropped down to about $4.08 and held steady in Illinois. But then I got into Iowa and it really dropped, down to as low as $3.87. Iowa is able to subsidize their gas with ethanol, since they grow so much corn there. No wonder the Iowa primaries are such a big fucking deal and why every candidate crows about wonder of corn-based ethanol, even though many experts believe that switch grass is a better source of ethanol fuel, as is algea, which can yeild something like 20 times as much per acre as corn. Not to mention using corn drives up food prices.
Speaking of soaring food prices, the rising price of diesel is one of the most trouble aspects of this whole gas crisis:
Diesel prices rose overnight. The national average price for a gallon of diesel fuel increased six-tenths of a cent to an all-time high of $4.813, according to the AAA survey.
The price of diesel, which is used to transport finished goods and raw materials around the world, has increased nearly 65% since last year
What do you think that is going to do to the price of food?