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Gov. Brown Makes Move to Bring Down Soaring Gas Prices

California Air Resources Board easing certain restrictions on gasoline production in response to a directive issued by Gov. Jerry Brown.

By Bay City News Service

The California Air Resources Board announced Sunday evening that it is easing certain restrictions on gasoline production in response to a directive issued by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown ordered the board to allow refineries to switch to a gasoline blend that is normally only used in winter in an effort to lower gas prices.

The order, issued Sunday, directed the board to take whatever steps are necessary to authorize refineries to make an early switch to winter-blend gasoline.

The blend, which isn't normally sold until after Oct. 31, evaporates more quickly than summer blend and is worse for air quality during the smog season, according to state officials.

However, an early transition to it could increase the state's fuel supply by an estimated 8 to 10 percent with a negligible air quality impact, Brown said. Due to its composition, refiners can produce more of the winter blend.

Sunday evening, in response to the governor's order, the California Air Resources Board announced that it will allow the manufacture, importation, distribution and sale of the winter-grade gasoline.

State officials said the recent spike in gas prices, which has seen gas prices above $5 a gallon in some areas, has been fueled in part by recent disruptions in gas production, including at an Exxon refinery in Southern California.

However, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said that even with the disruptions, gas production in the state this week remained nearly as high as a year ago, and that stockpiles remain similar to last year's.

Feinstein sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission on Sunday calling for an investigation into the price hike.

"California's consumers are all too familiar with energy price spikes, which cannot be explained by market fundamentals and which turn out years later to have been the result of malicious and manipulative trading activity," Feinstein said in the letter.

Tatter Salad October 11, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Thank you Jerry, for getting ONE thing right. Meanwhile, he is pushing the 'Bullet Train' in the Valley scam, and the 'Pipe the water' through the Delta scam; both of which are both for a BIG LAND development scheme for a FEW huge property developers. They need transportation (from Merced to L.A.) and more water for their wall-to-wall suberbia plans for the Valley S.W. of Merced all the way to the I-5. Be ready for the 'farmers need the water' scam (you see: ALL big land developers ARE farmers, as there is HUGE tax loophole to declare their holdings as 'agricultural'... until they decide to flip it). Water and transportation to the Merced area is KEY to their profiteering. The former Governator easily saw through their lies, and he wasn't greedy like Jerry. Converting the Cherry Lake dam area back to a valley is also a 'water' scam. This will be used as an EXCUSE to take water all the way from Shasta (and the Rogue) for use in San Diego County swimming pools. The Cherry Lake Dam area has already done it's ecological damage; - nothing will bring back the Brown Trout or Giant Beaver that became extinct in the area in the '70's. That too is a Win-win, as it's a 'land grab' AND a 'push' towards tapping Oregon for water while the Delta turns to salt water. (Seals hang out now year-round in Stockton!) Just a 'minor' heads up on what is in store for your kids!

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