After filling up my gas tank Sunday, I was stunned at the total – $92.79. That’s because gas prices in California are rapidly climbing again, as they did in 2019. Sunday’s gas was $4.19 for Regular Unleaded, $4.29 for Unleaded, and $4.39 for Premium at a gas station in the City of Sacramento.
AAA shows the national average gas price is $2.90 and California’s average is $4.04. Ouch.
Adding insult to injury is California’s special blend of gas, which changes twice a year, from a winter formula to a summer formula.
And, when voters voted down Proposition 6 in 2018, they essentially approved more future gas tax increases. A YES vote would have repealed the gas tax imposed by the California Legislature in 2017. A NO vote approved more gas tax increases.
“The price in the most-expensive U.S. fuel market is up about 10 cents over the last month, according to AAA, amid a rally in crude oil and expanding fuel demand nationwide, Yahoo/Bloomberg reported. “Gasoline consumption across the country is on track for its third straight monthly increase, which which would be the longest streak since last summer, Energy Information Administration figures showed.”
California’s nearest neighbor Nevada, is selling gas at $3.71 for unleaded. Premium unleaded in Nevada is $3.886 – a far cry from California’s $4.39 premium per gallon.
A road trip in Texas would cost only $2.88 for unleaded, and $2.80 for diesel.
New York unleaded, usually high, is $2.94 per gallon.
The bulk of California’s high gas prices are a result of the most stringent regulations for gas in the nation, imposed by the California Air Resources Board under the guise of lowering the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, and explained in recent California Globe articles. This leads to very few refineries willing to produce gasoline for the state, driving gas costs up.
Additionally, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order under his COVID emergency powers in 2020 requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and “additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector,” as the Globe reported.
For his dubious executive order, Assemblyman Kevin Kiley and Assemblyman James Gallagher file a lawsuit against the governor for exceeding his emergency powers: “A California Governor is constitutionally forbidden from doing the very thing Gov. Newsom has done here: exercise legislative powers;”
“Contrary to the Governor’s claim, the Emergency Services Act does not and could not inaugurate an autocracy in the State of California. Such a wild misapprehension of his own authority is precisely why this case demands a resolution on the merits.”
In September 2020, the Globe reported:
In a Tweet, Newsom said: “We’re experiencing a climate CRISIS. Transportation is responsible for over 50% of CA’s greenhouse gas emissions. It’s time to be as bold as the problem is big. Today we announced that by 2035 every new car sold in CA will be an emission free vehicle.”
Gov. Newsom’s 2020 order allows the California Air Resources Board to develop new passenger vehicle and truck regulations requiring increasing volumes of new zero-emission vehicles sold, as well as developing new regulations affecting medium-and heavy-duty vehicles, and to develop strategies with state, federal and local entities to achieve 100 percent zero-emission from off-road vehicles and equipment operations in the State by 2035, Chris Micheli reported at the Globe.
Yet California contributes less than 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, so even if we were to reduce all our greenhouse gas emissions, that is not ultimately going to be the answer to climate change,” Tiffany Roberts, Western States Petroleum Association’s Director of Legislative & Regulatory Policy repeatedly explains. “What IS important is that we have policies in place that recognize there needs to be a balance between environmental integrity and economic vitality.”
Scarily in-tuned with California’s insane “climate” policies, Michael Shellenberger, best-selling author of “Apocalypse Never,” Tweeted in 2020: “California’s bet on renewables, & its shunning of natural gas & nuclear, is directly responsible for the state’s blackouts and high electricity prices.”
It’s gonna be a long hot summer.