CA gas prices expected to jump 30 cents by weekend

As reported by the San Diego Union Tribune:

The slide in California’s gasoline prices could abruptly end Friday, with prices possibly jumping 30 cents a gallon due to seasonal changes in the state’s refinery operations, a consumer group predicted Thursday.

Prices often climb in California this time of year because refineries switch from the winter blend of fuel to the more expensive state-mandated summer blend, which evaporates less quickly during warm weather.

But this year’s switch to summer gasoline has triggered a jump of 52 cents a gallon on the gasoline wholesale market in Los Angeles this week, which will lead to the higher pump prices predicted by advocacy group Consumer Watchdog.

“The summer blend should not be responsible for more than a few pennies, maybe a dime,” Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court said at a news conference. …

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Political Attacks on Gasoline Designed to Create Conflict

The Western States Petroleum Association is strongly opposed to legislative or regulatory mandates designed to force a 50 percent reduction in gasoline and diesel use in California by 2030.

Mandates to force reductions in gasoline use are not climate change policies.  They are attacks on an important industry in California designed to create conflict and controversy.

A mandate to reduce petroleum consumption by 50 percent is an impossibly unrealistic goal.

SB 350 by Sen. de Leon gives the unelected California Air Resources Board open-ended authority to adopt mandates by regulation to achieve unrealistic cuts in gasoline and diesel use.

History tells us two things; mandates designed to achieve a goal of this magnitude will require unacceptably coercive restrictions on our mobility choices and will be crushingly expensive.

Achieving so radical a goal in so short a time will require the removal of 8 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from our fuel supply annually – with no guarantees that something will be available to replace them.

This proposal is a major distraction from the much more important work that must be done to move California’s climate change agenda beyond the 2020 horizon established by AB 32.

California’s petroleum producers and refiners will be participants in shaping those policies so we can continue the progress we have made toward achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets.

It is one thing to establish goals like those identified in the Governor’s inaugural address and to use those goals to measure the effectiveness of climate change policies.  It is another thing entirely to empower an unaccountable regulatory agency the authority to impose regulations to achieve those goals.

We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to develop serious climate change policies and programs that will move us toward a lower carbon future.  We urge legislators to reject Sen. de Leon’s proposed policy as quickly as possible so that we can get back to work on the real tasks at hand.

Catherine Reheis-Boyd is President of the Western States Petroleum Association

Originally published by Fox and Hounds Daily