Skip to comments.Gov. Gavin Newsom wants investigation of state's high gas prices
Posted on 10/22/2019 2:55:11 PM PDT by tcrlaf
California's governor has asked the attorney general to investigate why the state's gas prices are so high, pointing to a new report suggesting big oil companies are "misleading and overcharging customers" by as much as $1 per gallon.
Name brand retailers - including 76, Chevron and Shell - often charge more because they say their gasoline is of higher quality. But a new analysis from the California Energy Commission could not explain the price difference, concluding "there is no apparent difference in the quality of gasoline at retail outlets in the state."
The commission said California drivers paid an average of 30 cents more per gallon in 2018, with the difference getting as high as $1 per gallon in April of this year. The result is California drivers paid an additional $11.6 billion at the pump over the last five years.
"There is no identifiable evidence to justify these premium prices," Newsom wrote in a letter to Attorney General Xavier Becerra. "If oil companies are engaging in false advertising or price fixing, then legal action should be taken to protect the public."
Becerra's office said in an email it had received Newsom's request and "will handle accordingly."
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"There is no identifiable evidence to justify these premium prices," Yep... None at all. Not the insane enviro regs, not the crazy tax levels, not the $15 min wage and other mandates.
No reason at all....
Hey Gavin! Look in the mirror!
Heres reason number one.
CALIFORNIA TAXES, DUMBASS!
Reason #1: special blend gas.
Reason #2: high cost of real estate
Reason #3: high cost of environmental compliance
Hey Gavin, I just named 3 off the top of head.
What’s CA State gas tax, something like 47 cents? Just drop it to match the Federal gas tax and there’s most of that 30 cents the nitwits are going to spend a few million looking for.
Yep, this reminds me of when OJ was going to look for the killer(s).
In Canada, 80% of the price of gas is tax. Oil companies only have about 35 cents to play with and make a profit with.
In Canada, 80% of the price of gas is tax. Oil companies only have about 35 cents/litre to play with and make a profit with.
Next they will want to regulate the price of lettuce. It’s called COMPETITION. Let them charge whatever they want. When people buy less, the price will go down.
Gavin please, even the democrats in CA know why they are paying $4 per gallon.
You don’t need your corrupt AG to investigate.
States make more money per gallon then do the makers and sellers of gasoline.
Yeah and now he wants to shift the latest increase to pay for green projects.
I’m just glad that my state dropped to #4 on the list. Now I don’t feel so bad.
Phoniest man in the Land of Fakery.
Stupid is SUPPOSED to hurt, ClownBoy.
Let me take a swag at why gas is higher in CA than elsewhere. It costs more to refine it there due to restrictive regulations. It costs more to bring it into the state, from a fees/permit standpoint. It costs more to store it due to stricter environmental regulations. It costs more to transport- regulations again, even on the types of trucks that can operate in state. Operating costs of running a station are higher, from basic taxes, to minimum wage, to outright gas tax. I’ve probably missed a few factors but I’m sure the leftists will ignore all of these and blame “big oil.”
Venom should be targeted at people who elect these grifters. Governor is just taking advantage of the ignorant population and laughing all the way to the kickbacks.
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