Skip to comments.Newsom relaxes refinery rules as California gas prices soar
Posted on 09/30/2022 3:45:56 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that oil refineries could start selling more polluting winter-blend gasoline ahead of schedule to ease soaring fuel prices, directly contradicting his own goals for reducing climate emissions.
The average cost of a gallon of gas was $6.30 in California on Friday, far above the national average of $3.80, according to AAA.
The Democratic governor also called on state lawmakers to pass a new tax on oil company profits and return the money to California taxpayers. Lawmakers don’t return to the Capitol until January, and Newsom’s office provided few details on the proposal.
“They’re ripping you off,” he said of the oil industry in a video posted to Twitter.
Oil industry representatives said it is state regulations that cause higher prices in California than the rest of the country. The summer blend of gasoline that refineries are required by law to produce in the hotter months costs more money to make but emits fewer greenhouse gases. Most refineries can’t switch to the winter blend until November.
It’s the latest spat between Newsom and the oil industry, which holds political and economic sway in California despite the state’s aggressive climate policies. But Newsom’s dual actions Friday also illustrate the complicated reality Newsom faces as he tries to wean the state off oil and gas while responding to economic reality.
Earlier this year, for example, Newsom’s administration turned to generators and power plants that run on fossil fuels to help avoid rolling power blackouts during a heat wave.
By urging air regulators to let oil companies switch to a winter blend earlier, Newsom is acknowledging that state rules play a role in prices, said Kara Greene, a spokeswoman for the Western States Petroleum Association.
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Just back form root canals in TJ.
$6.99/gal in El Centro.
Get back to Indio where it is $5.50/gal
Get some mobs outside to protest the destruction of the planet.
Signal some of our agents provocateur to agitate them.
Glendale, California 09/30/2022
Gas Prices (highest I’ve ever seen here)
Discount brand: Union Oil
$6.299 a gallon for regular
Large Oil Company: Mobil
$7.299 a gallon for regular
This discount brand price beats the $6.099 high earlier
this year by twenty cents. Prices have gone up about
ninety cents in the last ten days.
I expect to see it go even high short term.
It has gone up at least forty cents in the last four days,
ten cents since yesterday.
It's almost worth the $7 a gallon to avoid stopping in Indio.
I hate these people. They CREATE catastrophe (below), feign ignorance of what they did to create the catastrophe, then BLAME it on others. Maybe he has dementia, too, and forgot he CAUSED this problem. I'm surprised this is still on the ca.gov web site:
Governor Newsom Takes Action to Phase Out Oil Extraction in California
Published: Apr 23, 2021 California will work to end oil extraction as part of nation-leading effort to achieve carbon neutrality
Action will halt issuance of fracking permits by 2024
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today directed the Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) Division to initiate regulatory action to end the issuance of new permits for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) by January 2024. Additionally, Governor Newsom requested that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) analyze pathways to phase out oil extraction across the state by no later than 2045.
“The climate crisis is real, and we continue to see the signs every day,” said Governor Newsom. “As we move to swiftly decarbonize our transportation sector and create a healthier future for our children, I’ve made it clear I don’t see a role for fracking in that future and, similarly, believe that California needs to move beyond oil.”
Under today’s directive, CalGEM will immediately initiate the rulemaking to halt the issuance of new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024.
Under Governor Newsom’s direction, CARB will evaluate how to phase out oil extraction by 2045 through the Climate Change scoping plan, the state’s comprehensive, multi-year regulatory and programmatic plan to achieve required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. Inclusion of the target in the Scoping Plan means that phasing out oil extraction becomes a part of California’s blueprint to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045. CARB will evaluate economic, environmental and health benefits and effects of eliminating oil extraction. CARB’s scoping plan process will be informed by cross-sector collaboration and public input focusing on benefits in disadvantaged communities, opportunities for job creation and economic growth as we achieve carbon neutrality.
In advance of the phase-out of fracking in 2024, CalGEM’s process for reviewing permits for this practice is the most stringent in the country, and includes input from experts at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. More on the permit review process is available here.
Permit approvals and resulting hydraulic fracturing activity are at the lowest level since the Legislature enacted Senate Bill 4 in 2014 to strengthen regulation of hydraulic fracturing.
In addition to instituting more rigorous review of hydraulic fracturing permit applications, CalGEM continues to operationalize its updated mandate to protect public health and the environment. This includes:
Earlier this week, the California Environmental Protection Agency announced the release of two independent studies that identify strategies to support the state’s goal to dramatically reduce transportation fossil fuel demand and supply by 2045. The studies analyze the health and safety impacts associated with pollution originating from the extraction and processing of oil and will inform CARB’s scoping plan.
- Developing a new health and safety regulation to protect workers and communities near oil fields.
- Implementing new regulations that prohibit surface expressions and placing a moratorium on high-pressure cyclic steam injection, which has been linked to surface expressions.
- Integrating independent experts from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Department of Finance’s Office of State Audits and Evaluations to recommend further improvements to CalGEM’s permitting process.
- Increasing financial bonding requirements on oil companies to ensure adequate closure of defunct wells and clean-up of inactive oil fields.
Today’s actions build on the Governor’s September 2020 executive order, which called for an end to fracking and to accelerate California’s transition away from gasoline-powered cars and trucks and reduce demand for fossil fuels. The order also directed agencies to:
- Develop and implement a just transition roadmap.
- Propose strategies to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels beyond 2030 with consideration of the full life cycle of carbon.
- Expedite regulatory processes to repurpose and transition upstream and downstream oil production facilities, while supporting community participation, labor standards and protection of public health, safety and the environment.
What is the definition of insanity? "Repeating the same action over and over and expecting a different outcome."
What about all the little brown people who have to drive to the lawns they mow and the houses they paint and the dishes they wash? California has effectively duplicated the worst social inequities of despot South American regimes: the Newsoms in their gated, guarded dwellings, and indigenous brown people doing all the dirty work for Newsom and the rich.
But … but … but … Democrats are the party of the poor and working class!
That's a hot one!
What a plan. Raise taxes on the oil companies. Oil companies raise prices to compensate. Price of gasoline goes up.
Why didn’t I think of that?
The Governor of California is an idiot. Or maybe he is just evil.
Save the planet…save the planet…(unless it’s screwing your chances of winning and election)
My wife’s from Glendale!
Just keep up the pressure. They will fold and relent. But, ultimately they have to be voted out of office. Preferably, in disgrace.
Filled with lies, half-truths and omissions. Thanks AP!!
The Democratic governor also called on state lawmakers to pass a new tax on oil company profits and return the money to California taxpayers.
A new tax will RAISE gas prices. It is simple Economics 101. Stupid people raise taxes expecting the prices to go down.
“They’re ripping you off,” he said of the oil industry in a video posted to Twitter.
No, the democratic government of California is ripping you off.
The summer blend of gasoline that refineries are required by law to produce in the hotter months costs more money to make but emits fewer greenhouse gases.
Summer blends don’t emit as much pollutants, not carbon dioxide. Learn some basic chemistry, Ronayne.
...The oil industry, which holds political and economic sway in California despite the state’s aggressive climate policies.
NO ONE holds political sway over California like the democrats. Keep dreaming you’ll meet an rich oil baron, Kathleen!
But Newsom’s dual actions Friday also illustrate the complicated reality Newsom faces as he tries to wean the state off oil and gas while responding to economic reality.
To wean off to WHAT? Electric cars? Electric heat? Electric A/C? Electric water pumping? Where you going to get all that electricity? It isn’t going to happen, not even by 2030 or 2035. All this electricity you MUST have, but have no way to produce WITHOUT oil and gas.
Newsom’s administration turned to generators and power plants that run on fossil fuels to help avoid rolling power blackouts during a heat wave.
Well, California didn’t avoid those power blackouts, either. Without fossil fuels, you can’t deliver basic services of living.
It lowers the price, but it also lowers fuel economy. So it won’t mean a thing.
The rules will be reversed Nov. 9th.....
How about both?
Greenhouse gases! Well my climate change model says that’s BS.
But but but
what about muver earf gav ?
Thanks, still will never vote for you and still want to piss on your grave.
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