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NYT: CA gas prices “often high because of regulations”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:37 am - October 7, 2012.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,California politics

Take a gander at this picture from a New York Times article on high gas prices in California:

And do note what I circled above. In the article, Clifford Kruass reports:

California typically has substantially higher gasoline prices than most of the country because of its tough environmental regulations and high taxes. Gasoline supplies are traditionally tight this time of year as refiners do maintenance work to switch from summer to fall gasoline blends mandated by the California pollution-reduction regulations. But this year, energy experts say, the local gasoline market is particularly chaotic because of the refinery shutdowns.

Via Instapundit. Do wonder if this crisis will cause California voters to truly appreciate the cost of state regulations and the burden of increased taxation.



  1. I am sure that Californians will not blame themselves for the consequences of their actions. They will blame Big Oil as always. I would totally laugh if Big Oil decided to pull out of the state because of all the nonsense regulations that California has imposed while demonizing Oil Companies… Just imagine the reaction, it would be epic. If they just threatened to pull out heads would explode.

    Comment by TexasMom2012 — October 7, 2012 @ 6:16 am - October 7, 2012

  2. […] Gay Patriot catches the NY Times doing something funny regarding gas prices […]

    Pingback by Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup » Pirate's Cove — October 7, 2012 @ 9:19 am - October 7, 2012

  3. The high gas prices are the result of the weak dollar, instability in the Middle East, the Gulf oil moratorium, & Obama’s out of control EPA.

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — October 7, 2012 @ 9:43 am - October 7, 2012

  4. The nation forgets that Kalyfornia will need to be bailed out after the election. According to the numbers I’ve seen there is no way to avoid it because the productive people are leaving just as they are leaving my state of NY.

    Comment by Richard Bell — October 7, 2012 @ 9:49 am - October 7, 2012

  5. Somehow the media will find a way to blame Bush or Romney.

    $5 a gallon gas-even for the premium stuff is ridiculous.

    Comment by Just Me — October 7, 2012 @ 10:05 am - October 7, 2012

  6. But the environmentalist cult that is the state religion in California will insist that the expense and economic consequences are worth it because it makes the air 0.000000004% cleaner and will delay the onset of global warming by two weeks over fifty years.

    Comment by V the K — October 7, 2012 @ 10:07 am - October 7, 2012

  7. I commented on this article as well. I find it telling that the NYT’s did not point out that California cannot use imported gas from out of state BECAUSE OF THESE EVIRONMENTAL LAWS native to only their state. The mixture is different. As a result, they have a shortage…supply and demand kicks their posteriors (of their own doing). In fact, the refinery was a symptom of the overall cause. The overall cause is “no plan B.”

    Comment by Orson Snow — October 7, 2012 @ 11:37 am - October 7, 2012

  8. Texas Mom, they’d probably pass a law to force the oil companies to stay there or give them tax breaks if they threatened to leave. Ha ha.

    Comment by AZ Mo in NYC — October 7, 2012 @ 2:01 pm - October 7, 2012

  9. India and China have added a bazillion vehicles to the world of feeding cars, trucks and heavy equipment. The competition for oil has grown as a result.

    The United States and Canada have the advantage of domestic supplies, but the refineries have the pressure of the supply and demand of the world market to actually set their prices.

    California, not surprisingly, has made the refined product it requires by law to carry the burden or extra costs for the boutique refining. That is their choice. The price at the pump reflects the real cost of running a car on niche market concoctions. California might just as well switch to Maker’s Mark.

    Therefore, California is in control of the prices of gas in California. It could issue “gas stamps” to those who can not afford the true cost of boutique gas. It could lower the gas taxes. (Not a chance.) It could mandate that people only drive cars with solar air conditioning and cut speeds to under 15 MPH. It could employ half the citizens as car-pool Nazis to rat out recreational driving and cars carrying fewer than four people.

    What is needed here is the wisdom of the little fascist and other statists who have the long view of “quality” living.

    Comment by heliotrope — October 7, 2012 @ 2:07 pm - October 7, 2012

  10. Do wonder if this crisis will cause California voters to truly appreciate the cost of state regulations and the burden of increased taxation.

    I doubt it. They will probably just respond with more regulations and taxes.

    Comment by Rattlesnake — October 8, 2012 @ 12:47 am - October 8, 2012

  11. FYI:

    Comment by V the K — October 8, 2012 @ 5:35 am - October 8, 2012

  12. So, V, does that map show gas prices higher in states with Democratic governors? 🙂

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — October 9, 2012 @ 4:00 am - October 9, 2012

  13. Sen. Di Fi is calling for an investigation into high gas prices, as if the evil oil companies are orchestrating them. ‘Yes. We must raise gas prices in the most populous State in the nation to increase our profits! Ha Ha Ha!’. These people (CA politicians) are insane. Your State is a Third World country, and the rest of us would appreciate it if you’d do something about that.

    Comment by Blair Ivey — October 9, 2012 @ 4:06 am - October 9, 2012

  14. Any explanation of why the price of gas in CA is still proportional to the price of gas in other states at the same ratio it normally is? That’s why using the excuse of regulations is false.

    Check out other states with low gas taxes, Like NJ. NJ charges relativity low taxes on gasoline. Also, New Jersey has about the worst road/bridge structure in the country. Except of course for the 2 toll roads in the state.

    Comment by Kevin — October 9, 2012 @ 11:14 pm - October 9, 2012

  15. Any explanation of why the price of gas in CA is still proportional to the price of gas in other states at the same ratio it normally is?

    What does that even mean?

    Comment by Blair Ivey — October 11, 2012 @ 4:31 am - October 11, 2012

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