posted on Feb, 27 2004 @ 07:43 PM
At the gas pumps you have 3 choices. The 87 octane fuel being the cheapest serves as a base price, or control. The other 2 octane fuels are more
expensive and the quantity sold is carfuly tracked. I believe the government analizes the amount of fuel bought at higher than base price, to
calculate the amount of exess spending avaible to the american public. from this they can calculate how much to raise the base price, or 87 octane
fuel. after all if you can afford the gas that is 30 cents more expensive than the base fuel, then you can afford to pay 30 cents more per gallon for
the standard. I definately believe that octane ratings are used as an economic indicator in control of fuel price inflation.