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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/23/2019 05:58 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/23/2019 05:58 PM
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Wall Street Journal Editorial: "California's Gasoline Panic"

New York, NY...Democrats in California have worked hard for years to inflate gasoline prices, but now they're searching for a fall guy as voters gripe about how much they're paying to fill up. Round up the usual fossil-fuel suspects! California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday ordered state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate oil companies for allegedly overcharging consumers and price-fixing. Gas prices in California average $4.13 per gallon, about $1.50 more than the rest of the U.S. "The mystery surcharge adds up, especially for cost-conscious, working families," the Governor declared.

Few refiners outside of California produce its special clean-burning fuel, which adds about 10 cents a gallon. When a refinery in the state has an outage, gasoline must be imported by tanker at higher cost.

But California gas prices have been increasing relative to the other 49 states for years. The disparity especially widened in 2013 when the state's cap-and-trade program took effect and in 2018 after Democrats raised the state gas tax. Last year California's gas prices tracked about 77 cents higher than the U.S. average.

About half of the price difference between California and other states is due to taxes, cap and trade and the state's low-carbon fuel standard, according to the commission's report. Higher refiner and retailer margins account for another third. California refineries boast larger margins because they face higher regulatory costs and less competition.

Mr. Newsom has threatened legal action against oil companies to "protect the public." But liberals have long wanted higher gas prices so folks will ditch gas-powered cars. The Governor last month ordered revenue to be redirected from the last gas tax hike, which was supposed to fund highway construction, to projects that "reverse the trend of increased fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

So Californians in the future can look forward to paying more to drive on deteriorating roads as they head to homes without electricity due to blackouts. How long will it take California voters to figure out that these are problems made in Sacramento by politicians?

Read the entire editorial here.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-23 18:02:17   By: Anonymous
Newsom is gonna make the oil companies say screw it and not supply the state, kind like PG&E is giving the state the big F.U.

That guy is dumber than the folks that elected him.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-23 18:46:58   By: Anonymous
1.50 more a gallon? Go into some states in the south and southwest it's closer to 2.00 more a gallon we're paying.

No big deal....

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    Posted on: 2019-10-23 19:06:23   By: Anonymous
    It’s the trump administration. It hates California. Stupid dumb republicans. Embarrassing

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      Posted on: 2019-10-23 19:21:26   By: Anonymous
      You watch, things like an uncertain power grid will finally push out the tech companies. When that happens CA is finished.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-23 19:46:02   By: Anonymous
      So it is the republicans fault you are paying $1.50 more per gallon? Ok, now I see why Gavin got elected. The party of "science" can't understand basic math

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        Carbon Tax, Roads tax
        Posted on: 2019-10-23 20:09:36   By: Anonymous
        This article is mindless. The reason ca gas price is higher is -
        #1 a more expensive blend to reduce pollution
        #2 the carbon tax put on fossil fuels
        #3 a double Ca excise tax for our roads, bridges

        Where did the first excise tax go?
        There were refinery fires , and other issues at 3+ refineries.

        A factual article describing why Ca has such high gas prices would be appreciated John, instead of trying to add to the bogus recall Newsome effort, or Newsome himself acting as if he doesn't know why the gas prices are what they are.

        Blame all around.

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          Re: Carbon Tax, Roads tax
          Posted on: 2019-10-23 21:26:13   By: Anonymous
          Expensive blend to reduce pollution. . . . yea, like that's working. We have the most polluted air in the country. . .

          Democratic policies have turned this state into a s h i t hole. . .

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          Re: Carbon Tax, Roads tax
          Posted on: 2019-10-24 04:09:13   By: Anonymous
          You forgot the part about CA won't let the oil companies build refineries so any glitch at one of the few remaining refineries causes an immediate cut in supply. Prices go up.

          Once a company finds out how much a consumer will pay, they will charge that much. They are not charities.

          Here's an idea - have the state take over the oil businesses. See what gas costs then.

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          Re: Carbon Tax, Roads tax
          Posted on: 2019-10-24 09:18:46   By: Anonymous

          No 'E' at the end of his name. Geez, at least learn your governor's name ya knothead.

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            Re: Carbon Tax, Roads tax
            Posted on: 2019-10-24 15:13:35   By: Anonymous
            N-E-W-S-C-U-M-E (added an E just for you)

            "Remember that he who corrects others will soon do something perfectly awful himself." - Miss Manners

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            Re: Carbon Tax, Roads tax
            Posted on: 2019-10-24 15:17:00   By: Anonymous
            To Ms. Anal Retentive Knothead:
            Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteers be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe."........

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          Re: Carbon Tax, Roads tax
          Posted on: 2019-10-24 10:05:47   By: Anonymous
          No it's not blame all around. It's blame on the 💩 we call democrats and the idiots who keep voting them in office like YOU.
          It's plain as the whistling between your ears when ever there's a breeze.
          The blame is on DEMO 💩 'S in Sacramento.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-23 21:24:43   By: Anonymous
      Dream on. . . .

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        Posted on: 2019-10-24 05:43:28   By: Anonymous
        I’m moving to Utah. Seems the Mormans got it right. $2.45 gal gas. $3.05 gal diesel. Clean air and great scenic mountains. Yep. Lots of job opportunities too. Who cares if it gets cold in the winter.

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          Posted on: 2019-10-24 07:05:46   By: Anonymous
          Was in Virginia a couple of weeks ago. Regular $2.16/gallon

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          Posted on: 2019-10-24 15:24:52   By: Anonymous
          What you save in gas you very well could even up with the costs of more heating and lighting there. Hope you have done all your homework. Ahh, at least you can have several wives and a zillion children, that will cost you. I would rather be outdoors more. Good luck.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-24 10:13:30   By: Anonymous
      The Trump Administration? My god you're an imbecile. You think CA gas prices just got jacked up since 2016?
      Ladies and gentlemen the above poster who said that is a proven FACT that democrats are as dumb as a stump, rock or a pile of 💩. Take your pick but that person who said it is every politicians dream marionette. Obviously you make minimum wage if you work at all because most jobs you would need at least a 6th grade education. I doubt if you could even chew gum and walk at the same time.

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      Posted on: 2019-10-24 10:23:05   By: Anonymous

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who's the culprit?
Posted on: 2019-10-24 08:31:50   By: Anonymous
Governor Newsom trying to find the reason for why gas prices are so high is like OJ Simpson trying to find the killer

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    Gavin Values
    Posted on: 2019-10-24 09:43:41   By: Anonymous
    Gavin the Loser owns stock in PG&E also Chevron , he could care less .

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No Subject
Posted on: 2019-10-24 15:18:44   By: Anonymous
Did everyone forgot about the gas tax? And the the other one...

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California taxing citizens into poverty
Posted on: 2019-10-25 14:05:09   By: Anonymous
California and its state government is taxing us into poverty.

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