Diesel Shortage – What to do if you have an RV or Camper

Is there a Diesel Shortage?

The world faces more supply chain problems and shortages as we approach the holiday season. Many Americans are familiar with empty shelves and rising prices. A new shortage is now on the horizon: a shortage in diesel fuel.

The US has a low stockpile of diesel fuel at , a 20-year record. This is at a time where Americans are increasingly shopping online and the supply chain is having trouble keeping up. It’s not the only diesel fuel shortage that is currently occurring. propane stocks are also shrinking.

Is this a sign that there is a shortage of diesel? How will this affect you?

Are there any diesel shortages in 2022?

While not everyone feels it, there is a diesel shortage in many areas at home and abroad. Many truck stops in Ohio, the American Southwest and elsewhere are already feeling it at pump. There are limits to the amount of gallons that customers can buy here. Because supplies are running out, some truck stops have been forced to close for the day.

China is the second largest user of diesel, after the US. is also having fuel supply problems. China taps its fuel reserves due to long waits and worries about supply.

These facts all point out that there is indeed a diesel shortage. With holiday shopping season already underway, and the supply chain already in trouble, it is likely that things will get worse before they get better.

Why is diesel fuel so scarce?

It is not clear what exactly caused the diesel shortage. Some possible causes include:

  • Diminished diesel production
  • Too many drivers for fuel haulers
  • Demand is rising and supply cannot keep up

One of the main causes for production shortages could be , the deep freeze that caused in Texas earlier this year. Texas is the US’s most oil-producing state with more than 4.6 million barrels per day. Many of the country’s most prestigious diesel refineries are also located in Texas.

The freeze caused significant production reductions, leading to many refineries having to close down or reduce their production. We are likely to feel delayed effects of this freeze on our diesel stockpiles.

Contributing could be the so-called ” Great Resentment“. Employers are having difficulty filling positions as a record number of Americans leave their jobs. Companies are finding it difficult to fill the demand for drivers to transport fuel as they struggle with hiring and keeping them.

How shortages affect farmers

You will likely feel many effects if the diesel shortage continues. Drivers of diesel vehicles such as trucks or RVs will feel the most immediate effects.

You can expect higher prices to fill your RV or tow vehicle with diesel until the supply increases. There may be times when gas stations run out of diesel and there are long lines at stations with diesel.

The shortage will not only affect RVers traveling, but also other people. You will also feel the pinch in other ways.

Diesel fuel is used in most tractor-trailers, and other heavy transport vehicles. This will have an impact on supply chains. You may notice longer delivery times for items you order online, in addition to empty shelves in stores.

Although it is still early days, it is clear that diesel fuel supplies are in trouble. Many are feeling a pinch due to low stockpiles and high demand. Things will only get worse in the short-term.

The shortage is not going away.

The diesel shortage is complex because of issues at refineries, drivers who haul fuel, large shopping demand and growing supply chain problems. It’s just one of many shortages that are being experienced around the world. Only time will tell how dire the situation will get as it develops.

You can eliminate RV fuel anxiety by planning each fuel stop ahead of your RV trip. You can use RVLIFE Trip Wizard for detailed planning of your trips. This will allow you to know when and where fuel will be needed for your truck or RV. To ensure you are able to get in and out safely and on the right road, satellite and street views can be used to inspect fuel stops.

8 thoughts on “Diesel Shortage – What to do if you have an RV or Camper”

  1. Fuel price increases are just the beginning. Food shortages and other supply chain problems will drive up food prices, which will lead to people purchasing food, including bread, milk, eggs, and other basic necessities. Ripple effect. Weather, droughts, fires and weather are all factors. If you don’t know what to do with your fish and how to hunt them, it will make it difficult to find food. People who live without access to grocery stores will not be able to make it. The breakdown of social services and the influx people at the border, famine, pestilence, and a disease. I could go on and on, but the truth is that God !!!!!! has everything you need.

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  2. Biden stated that he wants to be less dependent on oil and more on renewable energy. Biden stated straightly that he doesn’t like the oil industry. On his first day, he shut down the keystone pipeline. Inflation has continued unabated under the Biden administration. Trump’s inflation would have caused chaos again.

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  3. Everyone has an opinion. Is there anyone who has any experience in oil production, exploration or refining? Are you a business person? My wife and I have been retired for 13 and 23 years, respectively. However, we both worked in the industry for many years and have contacts who are still in the field. These unforeseen circumstances are often due to an “Incredible Claim of Events”. A perfect storm is made up of business decisions that resulted in no fuel demand in some states. Hurricanes were the most significant weather events that affected production and transportation of refined products. Do you remember the closing of the Colonial Pipeline in the summer? The inability to transport crude oil from the midwest, and even Canada to the largest US refineries in Texas and Louisiana. It will take time to resolve all of these problems, as I mentioned. Based on my knowledge, I believe it will be next summer when things start to improve in terms of supply of refined products. The decision to create unrealistic timelines for transitioning the transportation, agriculture and manufacturing industries to an electric economy is short-sighted. It doesn’t take into account the fact that oil and gas are more than just exploration and production. These are not fuel for cars, but feedstocks for modern life.

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  4. It’s your right to ask! You can build back better. You just have to wait for the best. Oh, and don’t forget to pay your bills for all the stuff that the government gives away. If you think gasoline/diesel fuel are expensive, just wait! FYI, refineries have only 24 hours fuel available at any one time.

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  5. This illegal administration means that the sitting president DOES NOT have any responsibility for these prices and shortages. Yes, it is political!

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  6. Kathleen Boger says: May 7, 2022, 5:53 PM
    Yes. Yes. You are right. Keep l telling yourself lies. While you may believe them, over half of Americans don’t. Shameful.

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    Mary says: May 28, 2022, 7:13 AM
    Supply, wars and refinery issues all have an impact on gas & diesel prices. The Biden administration is currently manipulating two out of three of these prices.

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    Ken says: November 30, 2021, 11:44
    Here is a lot of misinformation and confusion about the complex oil and gas industry. It would be nice if people did some research before blaming others for the high prices of nearly everything. Falsely blaming others does not solve the problem. It often makes things worse by convincing people that they are the problem. The true problem is and was caused by COVID’s fall, which occurred during Trump’s administration, not Biden. While I don’t like Biden, it is clear that nothing he did during his brief tenure as President has had any impact on the economy or caused shortages. COVID has completely restructured our supply chain, manufacturing of goods and workforce. Others have provided real and convincing reasons for the current shortages, as well as the resulting price rise, so I won’t repeat them. If you are quick to judge and follow the advice of fake news sources, I urge you to look around and do some research before you blindly pass misinformation and place blame where it is not needed.

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    Ken says: December 1, 2021, 6:56
    Many negative comments. I won’t discuss the politics.

    The author was disappointed that he did not offer any suggestions on how to get fuel at a discount and availability.

    Had great luck with https://www.tsdlogistics.com/services/fuel-program/ and the app FuelBook

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    thomas,Loretta Bachli says: March 28, 2022, 11:36 am
    amen.
    You can’t blame the president for everything!
    Refiners are not stupid, if given the chance they will always increase the price.
    The networks that clained Russia were supplying 11% when the Ukrane/russia began. Not a month later, it is down to 3%.
    People who are blocking the construction of the pipeline are not helping!
    Everyone knows that oil pollutes but cars must use gas!
    Although electric vehicles could be the solution down the road (except in Hawaii or California), they aren’t perfect.
    The electric vehicle works well, except when you have to heat your home in winter.
    My thoughts are! !

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    Karl Kulling SR says: May 9, 2022, 8:55 pm
    The president is to be cursed because he shut down the pipeline to Canada!

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    Carol says: June 23, 2022, 3:50 p.m.
    That pipeline is tar sands. It is not used by the United States. It is piped from Canada to the south to be shipped to China.

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    Deborah says: June 22, 2022, at 1:43 PM
    While I agree that we shouldn’t put blame on our president for everything it is funny that they did place blame on Trump for everything. Our government is broken completely broken. Until that is fixed, our government will continue to be broken.

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    tim says: November 29, 2021, 12:10 am
    Trump is responsible for this.

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    William Bufano says: December 1, 2021, 8:25 am
    Please explain to me why Trump is responsible.

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    Jerry says: March 28, 2022, 12:03 PM
    You must be laughing! If you are not, I feel sorry for your loss.

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    AC Holt says: November 28, 2021, 10:09 PM
    Everyone seems to want to put blame on President Biden for the fuel shortages and other problems. You will see all of these problems started long before Biden was elected president. Take a look at the deals with Saudi Arabia, which stopped Iran’s fuel supply and prevented man-made pipeline disasters. Real people are your priority

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    Trevor says: November 30, 2021, 8:07 am
    Wrong! LGB!

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    William Bufano says: December 1, 2021, 8:27 am
    It is true about Saudi Arabia. We were still energy independent before Biden closed down the pipelines. We now have to barter our goods with middle east crooks. Thanks Biden. Let’s go Brandon!

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    Niels Jensen says: November 28, 2021, 9:56
    Good grief! Biden didn’t shut down any of the operating pipelines. Biden canceled CONSTRUCTION OF a new pipeline. The shortage is mainly due to hurricanes and the shutting down of some oil wells last year during COVID. Oil prices dropped so low during that time that oil companies had to stop operating oil wells. Now that oil prices have risen, they will resume their normal operations.

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    Dirk Diggler says: November 30, 2021, 1:31 pm
    This is absurd! Biden suspended all drilling leases and wiped out nearly every one of Trump’s energy policies which had led to energy independence. Now, we are back at the mercy OPEC just as Sleepy Joe wanted. This is what happens when you have a dementia-ridden fool for president!

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    bob says: November 30, 2021, 11:02 PM
    @Dirk, you are correct. Niels Jensen repeats what he heard on fake news cnn.

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    Corey Anderson says: November 28, 2021, 9:51 PM
    Spot on about Biden’s administration. He shut down the Keystone Pipeline as his first act. Next, oil leases. Jen, this should have been your first mention. Is it possible that there are not enough people who read this article that they are Biden-party supporters for this explanation to be even mentioned? This is the only reason why it wasn’t mentioned. Trump had declared us energy independent, something that was promised by Carter but never achieved. Biden immediately shuts it down and then asks OPEC for more. Biden acts like a fool and asks OPEC to produce more.

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    Thom Butler says: November 30, 2021, 1:53 pm
    Only a fraction of the nation’s oil and natural gas supply comes from Federal Land drilling. This means that 90% of the oil we have is drilled on state or private land. Biden did not stop drilling new wells on federal land. He didn’t shut down existing, producing wells on Federal Land. Actually President Bush made us energy independent…remember Drill Baby Drill. It all started with Bush, and went on to Trump and Biden. He stopped all new drilling on Federal land because there is no pipeline to transport gas from wells to markets. Flammable gas adds pollution to the atmosphere and requires trucks to transport it to the market.

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    Black Bear says: November 30, 2021, 3:31
    Absolutely! Biden is an idiot. He has done everything possible to destroy this country.

    If you don’t believe it’s Biden’s fault then just look at the cost of food, gas, and other essentials. We either can’t afford them or don’t have them.

    Get up! !

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    Ricky B. says: November 30, 2021, 8:26 pm
    You didn’t understand the article. False information is promoted by people like you, which is why the country has so many problems with fake news and conspiracy theories. Instead of spreading your false agenda, be a Patriot.

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    Vicki says: December 2, 2021, 6:57 p.m.
    The voice of reason

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    Patty Todd says: November 28, 2021, 7:16 PM
    All types of fuel saw a drop in demand during the peak of the pandemic. Personal travel was reduced to half because of the fact that planes were not flying and cruise ships sat on the docks. Refineries responded by slowing down production. They couldn’t store enough product. Due to a worldwide decline in demand, OPEC decided to stop pumping oil from ground.
    Recovery was slow and uneventful. It was never consistent enough to justify returning production to the previous levels. Workers who were unemployed and supported by stimulus money weren’t in a hurry to go back to the oil fields or refineries. In a short time, everything was back at pre-pandemic levels. There were planes flying, ships sailing and people everywhere trying to shop and gather. The money train is in a situation where there is more demand than supply. The largest business in the world, which supplies fuel for everything, will catch up. There will be plenty of fuel!

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    Edward McGrory says: November 28, 2021, 7:07 pm
    Do you remember 2008’s diesel prices? For now, be content with these prices.

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    Sandy says: November 28, 2021, 6:38pm
    Oh my goodness! It’s amazing to see all the misinformation being spread by people who have not taken the time to learn about the Keystone Pipeline Extension. It was meant to be exported to foreign markets, and the extremely dirty tar sands crude oil that would have been brought through it would have no impact on our gas supply. Because it was too expensive to refine, our refineries did not want this nasty stuff.

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    Gary says: November 28, 2021, 5:27 p.m.
    Ohio issues result from the closing of two Ohio refineries at the same moment. This article may not have been well researched and could have been written with the intention of spreading misinformation throughout the country.

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    Black Bear says: November 30, 2021, 3:33 p.m.
    Who shut them down?

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    Molly Hyman says: November 28, 2021, 4:58 pm
    It is amazing that you people are not blaming oil companies! I was a former owner of an RV with a 45′ Tiffin, and we tow a 23′ Phoenix. At least 10 years ago, I was hit with $5.00 desiel and shortages. Everyone bragged then about the shortages, “reasons”, etc., but no one blamed the oil companies for being unprepared. We have more large trucks and RV’s and overall demand. And don’t forget GREED.

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    Tanker Man says: November 28, 2021, 4:32 PM
    The current diesel price has little to do the Biden administration’s fossil fuel actions.
    Pipelines can take seven to ten years to build. Trump accelerated pipeline construction to protect against Biden’s win. However, all of these pipelines were made from natural gas and not crude oil. For the truth, read this article

    https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-diesel-prices/fact-check-post-falsely-claims-a-gallon-of-diesel-was-1-69-when-biden-took-office-idUSL1N2LK1OD

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    Merlin Zimmet says: November 28, 2021, 8:43 AM
    The deep freeze of almost a year ago has now affected production. You think that’s too much? Consider the fact that two refineries in the US were shut down last week because …..? My best guess would be more government manipulation. Let’s go Brandon!

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    Larry Woodward says: November 28, 2021, 6:30pm
    Over the years, I’ve experienced many cycles of price drops and shortages. This is unfortunately the first time that our government has done this intentionally. We could pretend it was due to many reasons, but it is clear that it is. Because the majority of the people making laws aren’t affected by costs or shortages because they are financially independent our only hope is that a few will have a change of heart and do the right things. Our country is rich in natural resources.

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    ben dover says: November 28, 2021, 10:22 am
    Have you ever heard of COVID duffus

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    Hugh First says: November 30, 2021, 12:36
    Okay…Ben Dover…

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    BENNETT STABILE says: November 27, 2021, 7:23 pm
    Hi Jennifer!
    Before people start panicking, I believe now is a good time for possible counter-arguments.

    1.) The WTI crude oil price fell by 12% on Friday, 26 November 2021. After falling to $85 per barrel, the price of WTI crude oil fell to $78 per barrel within days. This was due to the announcement of coordinated Strategic Petroleum Reserve release by several heavy oil-consuming countries around the world. Although the price of oil could rise again, it is not likely to do so.
    2.) 2.) (
    Whatever that may mean, the consensus of oil markets seems that oil market participants believe that oil consumption will be declining and that lockdowns are imminent.

    Your article was probably written in the year 2000. The premises and analysis were sound. However, I think that if there is a new version, then nomads will once more decide to stay put and fuel costs will decrease.

    P.S. P.S. : As a professional oil trader, I can tell you with some confidence that high oil prices are the cure for high oil prices.

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    Richard C Hotop says: November 27, 2021, 4:57 pm
    Tired of hearing the same old crap about shortages? Prices go up when you add turkey bacon and beef to your toilet paper.

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    Bernhard Sauer says: November 27, 2021, 4:32 PM
    This is all hype. Although fuel prices will rise, there will be a shortage in Diesel which will affect the transportation industry. This will cause the entire economy to crash and eventually stop. If it becomes too expensive to travel with my RV, I will either stay put or reduce my travel. The cost of fuel in the USA is lower than most developed countries around the world.

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    Dee says: November 28, 2021, 6:34pm
    We shouldn’t feel any better because we don’t pay $7/gal or $8/gal as they do in Europe. These people have greater access to public transport than those in the middle of America. My granddaughter is currently living in Spain and can easily hop on a bus to fly to another country. Many Europeans don’t even own cars. If you are a resident of Montana, Wyoming or North and South Dakota, Nebrasks or Kansas, it is a good idea to not own a car.

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    Gary W Mayberry says: November 27, 2021, 3:59 PM
    What about heating oil for your home? Our farmers use off-road diesel. It’s the same as diesel fuel, but it turns red. This is an extremely important issue.

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    Debbie says: November 27, 2021, 1:52 PM
    How about blaming President Biden for a large portion of the fuel shortage? We also have to give President Biden a big thank you for current fuel prices that are at an all-time high. We need to keep our domestic pipelines open. We all know President Biden was trying to implement his agenda. However, making changes that negatively affect all Americans’ wallets shouldn’t be at the top. This is more detrimental to those in the lower and middle income brackets than it is for those with more disposable income.

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    Harry D. Hanbury says: November 28, 2021, 4:42
    Let’s go Brandon!

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    Ben says: November 30, 2021, 1:49 PM
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    Tony says: November 28, 2021, 10:24 pm
    Which pipeline did he close? They were looking at shutting down the #5 pipeline. Canada has an agreement to keep the pipeline open. It doesn’t even run through the Great Lake, so who really needs water?

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    Drew says: November 29, 2021, 11:00 AM
    Wait…they are building better!

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    Tanker Man says: November 27, 2021, 12:01 PM
    Jet A fuel consumption is rising at a faster rate than it was in previous years due to increased air travel. What does Jet A have in common with diesel? It is produced using the same equipment and process of diesel but slightly refined (kerosene). Large airports have large fuel tanks farms and are therefore direct pipeline terminals.

    Except for a few exceptions, fuel stations require trucks to deliver fuel. Distribution of Jet A is therefore more consistent and less dependent upon hazmat drivers.

    FYI: We used CAT diesel generators with JP8 (Jet A with additives) for many years in Iraq.

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    Paul Bricker says: November 27, 2021, 11:01 AM
    A 2021 Newmar Ventana 3709 was just purchased. Only new units purchased from them have “camping-critical” issues. Even then, it can take weeks to get in the shop. Combination of high demand and staff shortages.

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    Robert Gurt says: November 26, 2021, 7:06 PM
    It would be interesting to find out the root cause of the fuel shortages. It might be possible to fix it. That’s all!

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    Bob Feyerabend says: November 26, 2021, 1:52 PM
    Why didn’t your company cover the shortage? It is also due to the Canadian pipeline being shut down.

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    Dede Dunbar says: November 28, 2021, 4:46 PM
    Explain how increased oil prices can be caused by a pipeline not being completed and never delivering oil from Canada. It would be understandable if we were receiving oil through the pipeline, and then it was shut off. But that is not the case. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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    Lawrence Luchini says: July 9, 2022, 3:09 AM
    Along with increased regulations for federal oil leases, the USA shut down Pipeline and Fractoring. This was an enormous problem.

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    David Floyd says: November 28, 2021, 8:53 PM
    It didn’t. It was not under construction, and another Enbridge pipeline is in operation now. This has been going on for many years.

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    Tony says: November 28, 2021, 10:26
    Which pipeline was shut down?

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    PAM says: November 26, 2021, 1:28 pm
    This article does not reveal the real reason for the US’s shortages. This is the only reason for all of these shortages in the US.

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    Drew says: November 26, 2021, 12:58
    D-fuel is just one of the things that are affected. There are many more. This won’t be an easy task next year, if at all. It could continue for many years as we deal with the national health crisis and other issues created by the current administration.

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    Ben says: November 26, 2021, 12:37
    It’s okay to tell it as it is. It is because the biden administration stopped oil production.

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    John R Johnson says: November 26, 2021, 12:08pm
    What is the cause of the current administration’s war against fossil fuels?

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    Jeff says: November 29, 2021, 8:16 AM
    It’s all part of a massive cover-up by the Biden administration. Like all the propaganda that is being pushed down our throats through tv commercials. Just like the Nazis!

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    robert l mcdonald says: November 26, 2021, 12:05 PM
    ……. is the truth, and nobody wants to hear it. The main cause of shortages is biden’s destruction of the pipelines. He will not be ……… until then, and it can’t come soon enough!

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    Steve says: November 26, 2021, 11:59 pm
    Perhaps there is a shortage of diesel in the East. Diesel is abundant in Colorado (we purchase it at our Kroger grocery store) and is much cheaper than regular gasoline. Propane is available at every U-Haul dealer and mom-and-pop rental shop, and Amerigas dealer. The cost of propane is much higher than it was a year ago. However, food prices are also rising. We have not had any difficulty finding diesel (we have two diesel vehicles currently) or propane.

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    TOM says: November 26, 2021, 11:18 AM
    Biden executive order closing U.S. oil fields. U.S. pipeline shut down Helping Putian finish Russia pipeline. Hunter is still on the Board of foreign energy companies and visits them with Secert Service protection.

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    Tony says: November 28, 2021, 11:32
    Biden executive order prohibits new leases on federal land. Which pipeline did he close? We won’t help Putin finish his pipeline. They will not be sanctioned by Biden. Hunter Biden will not be serving on any boards. These facts are easy to verify if you read other tabloids.

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    Ben says: November 30, 2021, 1:35pm
    Dream on Tony. Comunist News Network isn’t the only news. All I know is that I paid less under Trump than under Obama or Biden. We all will benefit from the green new deal.

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