California’s Gas Woes Self-Inflicted

If you live in California, like I do, you may have noticed a twenty to fifty cent jump per gallon at the gas pump.  What happened?

It comes down to supply and demand.  Under California law, we are required to have a special, cleaner burning blend than other states.  That means are supply is limited to whatever the refineries in California can produce.  We can’t get gas from Arizona, or Nevada, or anywhere else.  A refinery burnt down in August, and then a Chevron pipeline to Northern California was shut down for reasons I can’t figure out, and a power outage in Southern California temporarily shut an Exxon plant.  If we could get gas from elsewhere, these incidents wouldn’t cause such a dramatic change in price.

But we’re special here in California, happily shooting ourselves in the feet over and over and over again by re-electing the same Democrats to rule us.  And yes, I will put this squarely in the lap of the Dems – they’ve controlled both houses of the California legislature for decades.


About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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