Skip to comments.A Warning About the Coming Shortages of Diesel Fuel, Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Diesel Engine Oil
Posted on 06/23/2022 6:59:03 AM PDT by Red Badger
What I am about to share with you is a developing situation, and I hope to share more once the facts become clearer. It appears that a very serious diesel crisis is coming in the months ahead, and that will have a dramatic impact on our economy. As you will see below, we are being warned that there will be shortages of diesel fuel, diesel exhaust fluid and diesel engine oil. Most diesel vehicles require all three in order to run, and so a serious shortage of any of them would be a major disaster. Needless to say, simultaneous shortages of all three could potentially be catastrophic. Most Americans don’t spend much time thinking about diesel, but without it our supply chains collapse and we don’t have a functioning economy. In a recent Time Magazine article discussing the coming diesel fuel shortage, we are told that “the U.S. economy runs on diesel”…
Though most consumers shake their heads at the cost of gasoline and complain about the cost of filling up their car tanks, what they really should be worried about is the price of diesel. The U.S. economy runs on diesel. It’s what powers the container ships that bring goods from Asia and the trucks that collect goods from the ports and bring them to warehouses and then to your home. The farmers who grow the food you eat put diesel in their tractors to plow the fields, and the workers that bring construction equipment to build your home put diesel in their trucks.
Since January, supplies of diesel fuel have been steadily getting tighter.
As supplies have gotten tighter, prices have skyrocketed. The average price of a gallon of diesel fuel hit $5.50 a gallon in early May, and it has remained above that level ever since.
One of the biggest reasons for the supply crunch is a serious lack of refining capacity. Back in 1980, the U.S. had twice as many refineries…
There are also fewer refineries, which process crude oil into diesel and other products, in the U.S. than were just a few years ago. There are just 124 now operating, down from twice as many in 1980, and down from 139 in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Association. The northeast region is particularly spare, with just seven refineries today, down from 27 in 1982.
There have already been some temporary outages of diesel fuel at a few locations around the country, and we are being warned that disruptions are likely to intensify during the summer months.
But the good news is that we aren’t going to run out of diesel fuel. It may become a lot more expensive, and there may be painful temporary shortages, but we won’t run out of it.
Unfortunately, the crisis that we are facing with diesel exhaust fluid is potentially much more serious.
If you have just been skimming this article, this is the part where you need to start really paying attention.
Newsweek is telling us that the United States “could soon experience a severe shortage of diesel exhaust fluid”…
The U.S. could soon experience a severe shortage of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), impacting U.S. drivers already hit with soaring fuel prices.
DEF is a solution made up of urea and de-ionized water that is needed for almost everything that runs on diesel. It reduces harmful gases being released into the atmosphere and works by converting nitrogen oxide produced by diesel engines into nitrogen and steam.
If you have a diesel vehicle that was sold in the United States after 2010, your vehicle could technically run without DEF, but in most cases your vehicle will simply not let you start it if the DEF tank is dry…
Can we call it a DEF jam? Everything is in short supply as supply chains continue to unlink. The latest commodity reportedly hit is DEF, or the blue diesel exhaust fluid that every diesel sold in the U.S. after 2010 needs to cut emissions. This means that every diesel truck, diesel RV, SUV, and car owner will likely have to look harder, and pay more for, DEF. A diesel engine can technically run without DEF, but your diesel vehicle likely won’t let you start it if the DEF tank is empty.
A lack of urea is the biggest reason for the growing shortage of DEF.
The United States is one of the largest importers of urea in the world, and Russia and China are two of the largest exporters. In previous years that wasn’t a problem, but now the war in Ukraine has dramatically changed things…
A major portion of our urea comes from Europe, and because of the war in Ukraine we’re seeing a shortage of it, according to Newsweek. Russia is one of the world’s major exporters of it. China, too, is a major exporter of it, and it has suspended exports. Weather, too, has caused supply chain disruptions. Since it’s also a major component in fertilizers, there’s intense competition for urea.
Without enough DEF, our economy is going to be in for a world of hurt.
Meanwhile, Mike Adams is reporting on the growing shortages of diesel engine oil that are starting to happen all over the nation…
Retailers, customers and distributors are all reporting shortages in diesel engine oil. This is not an imaginary problem, it is a real problem that is so far entirely ignored by the corporate media.
Apparently there are some diesel engine oil additives that are in extremely short supply, and one industry insider is telling us that this problem isn’t going to be resolved any time soon.
So what this means is that people are going to start running out of diesel engine oil.
In fact, it is already being reported that the trains in Sri Lanka will soon have to completely shut down because of a lack of diesel engine oil…
Sri Lanka Railways said that it will NOT be possible to operate trains in the future due to the lack of engine oil. A senior official at Sri Lanka Railways said that the current level of engine oil would only last for another two months.
That’s in line with the warning we’re hearing in the states: About 8 weeks of diesel engine oil remaining in the pipeline.
Just solving one of the shortages that I have described in this article will not be enough.
As I noted in the opening paragraph, a diesel vehicle requires diesel fuel, diesel exhaust fluid and diesel engine oil in order to operate.
You need all three.
This is a story that I will be following very closely. Needless to say, there are enormous implications for our supply chains and for our economy as a whole if solutions cannot be found.
“A Warning About the Coming Shortages of Diesel Fuel, Diesel Exhaust Fluid and Diesel Engine Oil”
TAKE THAT, PUTIN!!!!
My diesel Sprinter does not need DEF nor “diesel” oil.
While I agree we’ll have shortages if prices are not allowed to rise, this is data is misleading because number of refineries doesn’t correspond equally with refining capacity. Reagan’s end of subsidies requiring discounts to small scale refineries led to their economic demise as more efficient refineries beat them in the market.
Diesel consumption is over 50% higher today than 1980. A better comparison would be of refining capacity in 1980 compared to today, not the number of refining sites.
These idiots that worship Gaia above all have no clue as to what is going to happen when they eventually shut down petroleum based transportation.
Where will they get the raw materials for plastics and lubricants? Corn? Soybeans? Rapeseed? Unicorn piss?
Even an all electric auto needs lubricants and plastics.
Plant based plastics are a disaster....................
All it would take is a terrorist attack at the few refineries there are and the whole economy will collapse..................
Here it shows that the refining capacity is about the same as 1982, only a little higher with less than half the original number of refineries of 1982............
I would not put it past the FBI, the CIA, the Left, or the Democrat Party to do the attacks and then blame it on President Trump. A large part of the people would believe the lie.
Maybe we can go back to coal-burning steam locomotives?
Steam powered this nation in much of the last half of the 19th Century until well into the 20th Century, and in the form of electrical generation, still does.
The question comes in, as what is the heat source that creates this steam from water? Wood is simply not in enough supply, and coal has already been condemned, as “too dirty” (this is not true, “clean coal” is possible). Other hydrocarbon fuels, from natural gas (methane) to refined fractions suitable for internal combustion engines or even gas turbines. Or if people really want to get exotic, a very small thorium-fueled molten salt atomic pile, which generates heat on a continuous basis, even scaled down to fit in an ocean-going vessel or a rail-bound locomotive.
Although the results will be catastrophic, it may be a good thing in the long run.
Because the people will not tolerate it.
When th house is freezing cold, there is nothing to eat in the fridge, the car will not run, there is little on the store shelves....the people will finally realize that Washington DC is controlled by an enemy that must be removed regardless of the cost.
So the only remaining question at that point will be: By what method?
To stay in power, the criminals in DC will not let the economy shut down totally. They will allow us to have just enough to stay alive.
Also it shows that there are 5 ‘IDLE’ refineries, that I assume are reserve and could be brought on line fairly quickly, 6-8 weeks, if an attack were to happen, so the terrorists would have to have a large scale 9-11 level attack at more than 5 sites. ................
The local company came out a couple of days ago to refill my 250 gallon tank at my property with regular gas. He pumped 34 gallons in before he realized he was filling it with diesel. He sucked it all out and gave me a credit for the difference between what he put in and what he sucked out. Turns out I had 55 gallons of gas in it.
Still waiting for the next truck to come out and fill it, though. Meanwhile, my mower takes 5 gallons every time I mow the lawn and it’s only got 2 gallons in the tank. I’ll have to hit the gas station.
I was hoping he would just leave the diesel in and call it a loss and I could pump the thing out and use it for fires and stuff. But I didn’t know there was so much fuel in there. It would have taken a while.
Luckily, I have a cherry ‘05 F350 turbo-diesel that doesn’t require DEF. I only put 30 miles a month or so on it and live in a RV park where everywhere I need to go, I can get there by golf cart.
I have it because in event of a hurricane, it’ll pull a 16k lb. 5th wheel.
“Because the people will not tolerate it.”
As long as the propaganda media isn’t playing in their homes. I am amazed how brainwashed people still are. It’s all Putin’s fault....and they believe it.
Many listen to CNN Etc all day long.
I’ve been saying the same since “the head case” took office. Until people in this country feel real pain nothing changes. Shivering in the dark with and empty belly may wake a few up.
Looks like it’s time to make our own urea.
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