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Old 07-13-2022, 01:12 PM   #211 (permalink)
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Filled the 1 gallon gas can I have for my mower yesterday and the gas prices have dropped again. Regular $4.85

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Do we blame the POTUS in office when the USD ceases being the de facto currency, or how far back should we attribute the continuous catastrophe?
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Do we blame the POTUS in office when the USD ceases being the de facto currency, or how far back should we attribute the continuous catastrophe?
The USD is not going to stop being "the" reserve currency because it's the only currency for which there's a massive supply (hello deficits). It'll just be massively devalued and its usage will decrease as barter transactions or transactions in other currencies will increase. Dollar invoicing will still be common, just not as universal.

Fundamentally, the Triffin dilemma is to blame and the system was kind of doomed from the start. It could've been workable with some persistent long term policy guidance but that's just not realistic to expect, especially from the US government.

The way the dollar system was supposed to work is the USD and US assets gain value in exchange for the US markets being "open". If US foreign policy were truly "neutral" so that everyone continues to feel good about buying US assets, and the government had some kind of plan for distributing some of the benefits of the capital influx to the average person, then it would be stable.

What has happened instead is that the federal government is short sighted and looks at the cheap rates they can borrow at, and decides that they are omnipotent and have infinite money to spend, and then they blow all the money while letting wealth inequality and other social problems fester over a few decades, and now everything is blowing up but no one is willing to say "maybe we don't have infinite resources and need to cut back and make smart, economically productive investments".
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The price of diesel pretty much makes diesel engines uneconomical for passenger vehicles. There is still a place for them in larger vehicles but only because manufacturers haven't started selling hybrids in that space.
DEF is another PITA. Earlier this week, a lady went to a gas station on my way to take the dog for a walk, and she was looking for DEF which is not available at that specific gas station. Most of the (few) gas stations which sell DEF here are on the outskirts of the city.
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I'd delete DEF before running the first tank of fuel out.
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DEF is another PITA. Earlier this week, a lady went to a gas station on my way to take the dog for a walk, and she was looking for DEF which is not available at that specific gas station. Most of the (few) gas stations which sell DEF here are on the outskirts of the city.
Give it time. DEF is relatively new in Brazil. The USA has been using it in HD trucks since 2010 and any station that has diesel also has DEF. You can even find DEF and places like Home Depot.

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I'd delete DEF before running the first tank of fuel out.
Why - do you hate clean air that much? Seriously why pay to remove
something that is working? Even if it broke fixing the problem is usually less than doing a delete.
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Why - do you hate clean air that much? Seriously why pay to remove
something that is working? Even if it broke fixing the problem is usually less than doing a delete.
If it was extremely low cost and rarely had to be tended to, I'd just put up with it.

As it stands, we don't have a problem with acid rain here, and the pee juice isn't cheap, and runs out too quickly.

I'd delete the DEF for those reasons.

Probably not an issue for me as I will eventually part with the Cummins and get an electric truck... once affordable used ones hit the market AND I can justify owning a truck. CyberTruck still tempts me. I really need 6+ seating.

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