Gasoline prices

I went through Alamogordo, New Mexico last weekend and paid $2.02 for unleaded gasoline.

When I returned to El Paso that same day unleaded gasoline was selling at $2.56 a gallon at the local convenience stores.

The state of New Mexico charges 17 cents per gallon in gasoline taxes while Texas charges 20 cents per gallon.

Can any of the readers explain why gas in Alamogordo was so much cheaper?

We deserve better


9 Responses to Gasoline prices

  1. Seek and Ye Shall Find says:

    The truck stops on the east and west sides of town generally have cheaper gas. It was $2.20 last weekend at the Loves on the west side.


  2. John Dungan says:

    The standard excuse that the old Texaco and Chevron refineries gave, echoed by Western Refining (and, I’m sure now taken up by the present owners) was that it costs more to produce gasoline in El Paso because of the age of the local refinery. That’s right, after all these years, and much like the rest of Big Oil, instead of putting money into updating processes and equipment, Big Oil is all about profit. I find this large discrepancy almost every time I travel to other parts of Texas, also.


  3. anon says:

    Paul Foster wants as much of your money as he can get.


  4. Rico Suave says:

    Free market !


  5. Anonymous says:

    I want to thank all the people in El Paso that are trying to make this community a better place. Although many deep seated problems exist and it is not fully acknowledged that human beings are one of the great natural resources of our world, life will go on. Greed is a deterrent to progress. Gasoline is obsolete like coal. It is just a matter of time before gravity pulls the unbelievers to the ground.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Fuel costs are high here because there are no options. We are too far away from anywhere to buy fuel but nearby. Plus, the powers that be are used to forcing high prices on the people here because they do nothing but complain.

    If, for example, someone were to bring fuel from elsewhere here and make it available at a savings, then the regular supplier(s) would adjust their pricing.

    The days of Exxon fuel is better than X are long past. No one sells poor quality, unfiltered fuel in the U.S. any more. I had a neighbor who would take their truck into Juarez and fill up the 200 gallon tank mounted in the back to sell here, but people quit buying it because they had to change their fuel filters often.

    I have a fifteen year old truck that has never had a fuel filter change. Big difference in fuel quality from a truck I had in 1980, which required regular fuel filter changes.

    Now, fuel pricing boils down to options, and we have none here, which guarantees high pricing.

    Go to an Alaskan village and buy a dozen eggs for a similar example. It’s easy to complain when you aren’t responsible for doing the work to accomplish making things available.


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