Gas Stations and Convenience Stores Respond to Local Gas Station Bans

Gavin Newsom and the Democrats have a one-two punch to force you to use buses, trains and bikes to get around.  By doing so, continue the isolation of citizens from one another.  First, by 2035 no gas powered car will be allowed to be sold in California.  Second, Democrats want to ban new gas stations from being built—the third step is to limit the number of stations is a town, possibly forcing the closing of half or more of the stations.  That would cause long lines to gas up, cause traffic jams and possibly double the price of a gallon of gas.

“Many of these proposals emerge from the belief that by reducing the availability of fueling sites, they will reduce the amount of fuel consumed. This assumption is naïve at best, or textbook NIMBYism at its worst. Despite California’s intended goal of phasing out combustion engines, the fact remains that a vast majority of Californians continue to drive gas-powered cars. These Californians still require fueling sites within reasonable proximity of their homes or places of employment. This direction will not drive consumers to replace their vehicles, but will instead force them to travel greater distances out of the way to acquire the fuel they need to make their commutes and get their kids to school.

The EXPECTED consequence is the end of tourism in California.  Families drive here to see the amusement parks, Yosemite, the famous San Fran wharf—that will end.  Like a Communist nation, Newsom wants to limits visitors—and control them.

Gas Stations and Convenience Stores Respond to Local Gas Station Bans
Local Bans on New Gas Station Permits Sweep the State

California Fuels & Convenience Alliance, 3/3/21 

Sacramento, CA – In response to emerging policies banning new gas stations in localities across the state, the California Fuels & Convenience Alliance issued the following statement:   “An alarming trend is spreading across localities in California. Various localities throughout the state have started down a misguided direction, banning new gas stations within city and county limits, through ordinance or moratorium. This single-minded approach will ultimately cause greater harm for communities than any potential benefit.   “Many of these proposals emerge from the belief that by reducing the availability of fueling sites, they will reduce the amount of fuel consumed. This assumption is naïve at best, or textbook NIMBYism at its worst. Despite California’s intended goal of phasing out combustion engines, the fact remains that a vast majority of Californians continue to drive gas-powered cars. These Californians still require fueling sites within reasonable proximity of their homes or places of employment. This direction will not drive consumers to replace their vehicles, but will instead force them to travel greater distances out of the way to acquire the fuel they need to make their commutes and get their kids to school.   “These bans also reduce vital competition within the community. Competition between businesses is imperative for both businesses themselves, and for consumers. Under basic economics, this forces prices for commodities to remain competitive. In a basic sense, this means the more available retailers of fuel there are, the more competitive prices must be kept. Additionally, as businesses vie for patronage they also work to stand out amongst competitors, offering new and innovative products and services. In this vein, business owners look to continually update their physical storefronts, as well, keeping building facades updated and attractive to potential customers.   “This competition is the very crux for many stations to invest in new fueling options, such as electric vehicle charging and hydrogen fueling stations. The gas station industry has spent over 100 years identifying the most efficient ways to fuel communities. Even under the argument that the fossil fuel industry is waning, existing gas stations are the best positioned to transition to new fueling infrastructure. With the advances in fast charging that we have already seen and the technological breakthroughs on the horizon from the EV charging industry, it is short-sighted to imagine a future where cars take an hour to charge. As charge times decline, the familiar corner gas station is the clear choice to best serve Californians. Convenience is one of the major objectives for stations, and something the industry continues to perfect serving as a one-stop-shop to meet the needs of their customers. This alone will serve as a primary factor in driving the strategy for new transportation fuels.   “The state needs to build 60,000 chargers by 2025 to hit their goals – building urban and suburban charger density would be best accomplished by partnering with the existing service providers, the billions of dollars of existing infrastructure, and the century of experience in safely providing fuel to consumers.   “Consumers also enjoy the benefits of competing brands for meeting their fueling needs, with many seeking to patronize certain preferred providers. As the state struggles to meet the needs of its expanding population and providing adequate housing, communities continue to expand. Essential commodities, like fuel, must continue to be readily available for California’s expanding and developing communities.   “California’s gas stations are held to the highest levels of safety standards and regulatory stringency in the world. They provide goods and services to every community in the state, create stable employment opportunities, and serve as economic catalysts. In many cases, fueling stations are also a leading source of local tax revenue, providing much-needed funding for public services like police, fire, and school districts. The fuels and convenience industry must continue to be a part of the discussion about California’s future, and not become another casualty of narrow-minded and naïve policies.”
About CFCA CFCA is the industry’s statewide trade association representing the needs of independent wholesale and retail marketers of gasoline, diesel, lubricating oils and other petroleum products; transporters of those products; and retail convenience store operators. CFCA’s members serve California’s families, agriculture, police and fire, cities, construction, and delivery industries to name a few.
About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Mary Cunningham says

    Rolling blackouts now and solar and wind not reliable to supply needed power for increased demand. Time to charge if away from home a detriment. No consideration given to rural or ag or driving trips. Production of batteries and their disposal not GREEN. China controlling rare earths used in batteries, Another reason to leave California.

  2. Even if you can bring charging down to 30 minutes. Who wants to sit in a gas station for 35 minutes. Electric vehicles are useless. If you do not own a house where are you going to charge it. In my town I have found 2 charging stations. The other problem is distance. I have heard claims of 400 miles which sounds good but does not mention that is on flat ground with no heater, or headlights or stereo on. Assuming you get where you are going is your motel or hotel going to have a charging station for each room? since the state can not produce enough power to keep the lights on all the time what will happen when you add 20 million electric cars pulling down the supply

    • Newsome (and co) DON’T WANT you to ‘own in a house’! They would rather you to live in a tenement! And their goal is not to make personal vehicles (electric or otherwise) ‘useful’, but to make them RARE in favor of ‘MASS TRANSIT’! If you look at what the so-called ‘Democrats’ do and say (in totality), it all points in one direction – COMMUNISM!

  3. Another leftist looney idea from the Progressives, as if they haven’t already done enough damage to this state. You can thank the low information voters in this state.

  4. P.S. The same dummies want to let in more illegals to use more gasoline, and they give them drivers licenses, too.

  5. Really??? says

    The reduction of carbon use has been dramatic, yet the Democrats continue to state the world will end in the next decade. But wait wasn’t that the comment by or former vice president 3 decades ago? Yep.

    Volcanic activity in the past 30 years has increased producing with each eruption more green house gases then produced by man each year. When you list the effect of closing pipelines, shutting down drilling, and, and, and, …….
    Have you gotten it yet? They no longer have “proof” so they talk about this is we “wish” this will happen, and it “might” be the outcomes, and the one I love is “it is a long over due correction.” Really???

    It has not happened. The population changes have worked against them, and they continue to march in the streets demanding CHANGE. It is called diversity which is the new touch stone for “We are Cool.”

    Stupid is as Stupid Does.

  6. Aidan Downey says

    correction: by 2035 no NEW gas powered car, nor used gas powered cars from other states, will be allowed to be sold in California But this is not legislation but an executive order which can be reversed by any subsequent governor. Newsome issued this order to distract from his Covid lockdown problems.

  7. Eyes wide Open says

    You get what you vote for…Dems never learn.

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