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California Governor Orders
Winter Gas Switch

Bloomberg, by Michael B. Marois

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 10/7/2012 7:19:43 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown told state regulators to immediately allow oil refineries to make an early transition to winter-blend gasoline to help bring record prices at the pump under control. “Gas prices in California have risen to their highest levels ever, with unacceptable cost impacts on consumers and small businesses,” Brown said in a statement today. “I am directing the Air Resources Board to immediately take whatever steps are necessary to allow an early transition to winter-blend gasoline.” Winter-blend gasoline typically isn’t sold until after Oct. 31.

Comments:
Exxon-Mobil's Torrance refinery shut down October 1 due to a power failure. That in addition to a fire in a Northern California refinery in August and possible contamination in a pipeline carrying crude caused our present mess. Or so they say.

Moonbeam took his time. He mustn't get the voters down on him before they vote on his latest big tax boondoggle November 6.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Crosscut, 10/7/2012 7:23:28 PM     (No. 8916612)

Maybe Californians should have asked for a couple more refineries to have been built. They have contributed to their own state's demise.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/7/2012 7:24:36 PM     (No. 8916614)

Now Gov. Moonbeam owns the $6 gas problem.
There is plenty of gas in New Mexico at $3.60 a gallon. Has Moonbeam allowed that to be trucked in?
This is a 'man caused disaster' that the Democrats in Sacramento and Brown have created.
And, the California economy is taking another job killing hit.


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Reply 3 - Posted by: jl80863, 10/7/2012 7:32:59 PM     (No. 8916624)

Let's see. No new refineries since 1980, state mandated special blends that no other state uses, Democratic "leadership", just exactly what did CA residents expect?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pickle1, 10/7/2012 7:36:28 PM     (No. 8916630)

jerry Brown is a joke. I would make sure he is unelected.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: KTWO, 10/7/2012 7:37:50 PM     (No. 8916632)

I think this will make it easier to bring fuel into CA. Nearby states probably don't have any CA Summer Grade on hand.

The article doesn't really say this will increase the gasoline supply. Says it may.

"may" and "could" and "might" mean nothing from a politician.

Right off hand I see no reason to think CA refineries can produce winter fuels faster than summer fuels. Which is why I think it is about bringing gasoline into CA.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/7/2012 7:37:54 PM     (No. 8916633)

Re #3, about what you'd expect in a state where the Democrat registered voters outnumber the Republicans 43% to 30%. A governor's office and a majority of the state legislature Democrats.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: GoDeacs79, 10/7/2012 7:38:32 PM     (No. 8916634)

And, #3, they will dutifully march into the booths 11/6 and overwhelmingly vote for more Democrat incompetence.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 10/7/2012 7:41:38 PM     (No. 8916641)

From a report Friday:

To bring down high gasoline prices, the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, which represents independent station operators, filed for a waiver with state regulators asking that they be able to sell winter blend fuel now.

The annual switch from the more complicated summer formula to the easier-and-faster-to-make winter blend doesn't officially happen until October 30.

"Allowing winter gasoline to be used sooner in California will certainly provide additional supply very quickly and that would help with prices," said Gordon Schremp with the California Energy Commission.


http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/state&id=8837667

So this was not Jerry Brown's wisdom and largesse, no feeling our pain. He was pushed and just before a big election.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: calgrammy, 10/7/2012 7:43:20 PM     (No. 8916648)

I live in SO. CA. Why the heck do I need a Winter gasoline? Oh yeah,AQE.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 10/7/2012 7:44:33 PM     (No. 8916649)

Article linked at #8 goes on to say what kind of things are holding this up:

Just this week, parts of the state suffered through a heat wave when summer fuels can help fight off health-damaging pollution.

"Cleaner-burning gasoline, or California gasoline, is a key control measure. It cuts the emissions that cause smog and send people to hospitals and emergency rooms," said Bonnie Holmes-Gen with the American Lung Association.


I will not be contributing to the American Lung Association any time soon.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 10/7/2012 7:47:31 PM     (No. 8916656)

Hey Jerry, the refineries just can't flip a switch and change over...

It's requires weeks of planning and work!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 10/7/2012 7:48:07 PM     (No. 8916659)

Of course, switching back to the `winter blend` will temporarily raise prices but don`t let that get in the way. It`s not as if the refineries can simply throw a switch.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: ziel, 10/7/2012 8:00:39 PM     (No. 8916681)

How about this stupid idea.
One type of fuel for ALL of USA no matter winter or summer.
One type of 87. one type of diesel and one type of high octane for whole country.
After all we are one country are we???!!!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 10/7/2012 8:01:32 PM     (No. 8916684)

Won't a horde of green wienies now appear and file suit claiming he can't do that?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: fireman28, 10/7/2012 8:07:42 PM     (No. 8916692)

Just to rub it in, because I have said previously I felt sorry for some of you in CA.

Filled up my truck today at the neighborhood QT in the Atlanta, GA suburbs.

$3.46.

(The news keeps reporting the Average nationwide price over $4.50. Of course, the CA prices skew the average way up)

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Reply 16 - Posted by: GringoinQuito, 10/7/2012 8:15:37 PM     (No. 8916704)

I don't want to gloat, but here in Ecuador regular is $1.43 and Super premium $2.00

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/7/2012 8:23:45 PM     (No. 8916725)

If I could buy gas at Ecuador prices, I would gloat.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: oh-heck, 10/7/2012 9:06:03 PM     (No. 8916781)

There is a shortage of gasoline in CA because of a fire at Chevron and an upset in another refinery. The US gulf coast is awash in gasoline because they are capitalizing on the 700,000 bpd the light sweet oil coming out of tight formations in TX on top of the 1,100,000 bpd coming out of conventional formations. They can start shipping it as soon as CA will allow it to be used.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: john56, 10/7/2012 9:27:23 PM     (No. 8916840)

If Gov. Moonbeam had been at the helm of the Titanic, he would be ordering the re-allocation of deck chairs.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: yo-yo, 10/7/2012 9:44:24 PM     (No. 8916895)

I'm so disillusioned!!
Where is their commitment to the environment?
I can't believe liberals would forsake their "gods" over a little bit of money and inconvenience.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 10/7/2012 9:44:56 PM     (No. 8916897)

Time for a "strike," per Atlas Shrugged.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: losgatos, 10/7/2012 10:06:52 PM     (No. 8916938)

Moonbeam! Still the hero of the left after all these years.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Kurto, 10/7/2012 10:47:34 PM     (No. 8917015)

The bed wetting pants pissing enviro-crybabies are probably filing in court right now...

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/8/2012 8:03:24 AM     (No. 8917427)

Brown should just completely cave to the eco-terrorists and issue an order that gasoline, oil, propane, and kerosene are completely outlawed in the state.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Vivi, 10/8/2012 8:08:56 AM     (No. 8917439)

Why is the state allowed to mandate what kind of blend can be sold when?

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