Stein: Governor Newsom silently supports importing aviation fuels to Northern California.

Gavin Newsom signed AB 5 to kill hundreds of thousands of California jobs.  We have the highest unemployment rate in the nation—except for Hawaii which depends on tourism.  He has been trying to close the oil industry in the State.  Now he is going after airplane fuel—forcing the closing of refineries in the Bay Area—thus forcing airlines to buy fuel from terrorist nations.

With the availability of affordable jet fuel critical to aircraft operations and the sustenance of the Bay Area economy and considering that jet fuel is the second largest cost of running an airline, there should be concern from the Governor’s office about how the Rule 6-5 proposal could impact air service levels—and employment—in California.

The proposed rule would cause Bay Area refineries to shut down, as the means and cost to comply would be prohibitive to their refinery operations. If that were to occur, it would greatly constrict the Bay Area jet fuel supply, cause fuel delivery delays, reduce fuel quality and raise jet fuel prices just as demand for air travel returns and our nation emerges from the COVID-19 crisis.

Further, it leads to greater import dependence from foreign countries located hallway around the world and ultimately raise fuel prices not only in the Bay Area but also at other west coast locations and areas further inland linked by pipeline. The consequences would extend beyond the airlines to their customer base and their entire supply chain, including regional airports and the shipping public.”

Democrats like Newsom prefer terrorists to freedom.  They prefer high costs to make everyone equal—poor.  Newsom is setting us up to be in poverty for a generation—or depopulated.  Why hasn’t the media reported on this impending economic disaster—the killing of billions in tax revenues and thousands of well paying California jobs?

Governor Newsom silently supports importing aviation fuels  to Northern California.

The local Bay Area AQMD district considers actions that will reduce supplies of aviation fuels, as the Governor remains silent.

By Ronald Stein, Ambassador for Energy & Infrastructure, Irvine, California, 5/24/21 

Desiring to make the Bay Area refineries even cleaner, at any cost to the consumer, the local Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is considering amendments to Regulation 6, Rule 5 — Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Units that will negatively impact the supply of jet fuel, which is needed to power aircraft operations in California.

The BAAQMD may not be cognizant that oil and gas are an international industry with more than 700 refineries worldwide that service the demands of the 8 billion living on earth. The California refineries are the cleanest in the world because of operating in the most environmentally regulated location on earth – the State of California.

The Bay area manages 44 percent of the oil refining capacity in California. The BAAQMD Rule 6-5, if left unchanged, will likely force the shutdown of the PBF Martinez and Chevron Richmond refineries in Northern California, as well as the closure of the many businesses that support those major refineries from the surrounding counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

In 2019, those three major Northern California airports at Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose demanded 1.4 billion gallons of jet fuel to support passenger and cargo operations. The Chevron Richmond Refinery and PBF Energy Martinez supply 100 percent of the conventional jet fuel to these Bay Area airports.

Airlines are becoming much more fuel efficient, but the growth in the number of planes is causing the demand for jet fuel to remain large and growing.

With the availability of affordable jet fuel critical to aircraft operations and the sustenance of the Bay Area economy and considering that jet fuel is the second largest cost of running an airline, there should be concern from the Governor’s office about how the Rule 6-5 proposal could impact air service levels—and employment—in California.

The proposed rule would cause Bay Area refineries to shut down, as the means and cost to comply would be prohibitive to their refinery operations. If that were to occur, it would greatly constrict the Bay Area jet fuel supply, cause fuel delivery delays, reduce fuel quality and raise jet fuel prices just as demand for air travel returns and our nation emerges from the COVID-19 crisis.

With Chevron Richmond and PBF Martinez the only local refineries manufacturing jet fuel to support the military and the international airports at SFO, OAK, and SJC a reduction in the supply will contribute to dependency on unreliable foreign manufacturers, like China, the largest polluting country in the world, to meet the demands of the military and commercial transportation needs in Northern California.

Further, it leads to greater import dependence from foreign countries located hallway around the world and ultimately raise fuel prices not only in the Bay Area but also at other west coast locations and areas further inland linked by pipeline. The consequences would extend beyond the airlines to their customer base and their entire supply chain, including regional airports and the shipping public. 

Through the states’ dysfunctional energy policies, California imports more electricity than any other state– currently at 32 percent from the Northwest and Southwest  and dysfunctionally HOPES that other states will be able to generate enough power to meet the demands of the state. California  is also the only state in the lower 48 states that is totally dependent on foreign suppliers as it has increased imported crude oil from foreign countries from 5 percent in 1992 to 58 percent today.

Governor Newsom continues to do everything possible to INCREASE the cost of electricity and fuels, that drives up (no pun intended) the cost of everything which increases the homeless population.

The BAAQMD’s local actions that will not only cause significant issues for the viability of Bay Area refineries, but it will also impact our national security and impose higher energy costs for all 40 million residents of California. While this potential threat to our national security, and the California economy lingers, Governor Newsom’s silence remains deafening!

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. California has to import most of its electricity because of its insistence on having PG&E be more and more dependent on wind and solar energy, which simply cannot meet the needs of California right now. Will anybody remember, when a $200 airline ticket becomes $500, that this is Gov. Newsom’s fault?? This will greatly restrict private flying whether business or recreational, which is also a big part of the aviation economy. But Newsome does’t have a clue about economics–he majored in Woke, Diversity, Climate Disaster, and hatred of fossil fuels. How long will ordinary people put up with this?

  2. Richard Cathcart says

    The aerospace industry once flourished in CA, especially southern California. The State’s propensity to buy China-made products will soon likely include “Green” airplanes, literally a spin-off of adopted Boeing aircraft construction technology and the windmill manufacturing industry. With dolts claiming to be Democrats running the State, for sure none of will ever again see Blue Sky’s or prosperity. However, Democrats will continue to enjoy those $700 a plate meals at exclusive restaurants and live in their gated communities enjoying fabulous views….of smoldering poverty in San Francisco, Los Angeles and elsewhere in this once-glorious State. Personally, I will vote to recall the current Democrat Party idol, but truly It would be very pleasurable to barf on that jell-like nilpotent Shmoo.

  3. Really??? says

    Seems like it runs in the family.

    San Fran Nan and Slick are more concerned about political power then keeping the nation secure and independent.

  4. Jet Fuel??????????????????
    What about every Tom, Juan and Juanita?
    How are the truckers to pay for their $$ diesel and same for farmers.
    How many cars do you see parked in the fields when the lettuce is being picked.
    These folks produce and deliver all of our food and freight.
    Calif. specialized refineries like the Richmond one have to shift gears to offer the specialized gasoline for Calif. on an annual basis.
    That’s part of the reason we already pay more a gallon than other states.

    Do you really think that Gulf Coast refineries are interested in selling that Calif. summer gasoline?

    These increased costs will be simply passed down to the folks mentioned above.
    My father was a standard oil wholesale distributor in our little town 1/2 way between LA & SF and the local standard station #224 and Clif Hall’s independent chevron station would run out of Gas when the Richmond tanker couldn’t deliver the fuel during the summer and my father would have to get out of bed and fill up a 1939 Dodge tanker to fill in the gap on a continuing basis because the Dodge held hundreds of gallons compared to the Richmond tanker’s thousands.

    Hey, that was over 60 years ago and company owned standard stations no longer exist but independent owners do and they now charge any amount they wish.

    I see a 1970’s era fuel shortage in our future.
    Time to tighten those loose spokes on your bicycle and get a larger basket and work from home if you can.

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