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.