Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at his gubernatorial campaign’s primary night watch party in San Francisco, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
ABC News reports that CA Gov. Gavin Newsom is so concerned over gas prices in the state, which have now topped $4 per gallon, that he’s ordered the attorney general to open an investigation. Yes, really.
The California Energy Commission said it “does not have any evidence that gasoline retailers fixed prices or engaged in false advertising.” But it said the industry did not provide any proof that its gasoline was better than what the state requires all retailers to sell.
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association, said the industry trade group is reviewing the report. But she said it was important to note California’s fuel taxes and standards, which are more strict than other states, account for the first $1.07 per gallon at the pump.
Is it me or has the entire American left taken a dive into the twilight zone over the last three years? How is this a mystery Governor?
Gavin Newsom goes on the road, vows to find the real Gas Price Bandit pic.twitter.com/zWbfOy33H7
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) October 22, 2019
Many taxpayers have suggested that Newsom pick up a mirror. CA currently has the highest state income tax in the U.S., that is for those in the state who actually pay taxes. With their ever increasing additions to state-provided social services, they have to find the money somewhere. Given the recent exodus of high earners leaving the state to shield their income, CA would go bankrupt without the revenue they receive from gasoline sales. Blaming it on the oil companies is the height of hypocrisy and foolishness.
Voters were quick to point out the error of Newsom’s ways (Via Twitchy):
So California has basically told anyone in the oil industry to leave the state. And then they create their own extra special grade of difficult to produce gasoline that no other state requires. And then?
This man is a idiot. #GavinNewsom #GavinMustGo #California
This is a joke right? You’re kidding…
This is like Gov. Cuomo ordering the Natural Gas companies to supply more gas after blocking pipelines.
The Dem party is ignorant of science and economics, but thinks it should lecture the rest of us on how to live.
Should be the quickest investigation ever… but not after he hand selects the “investigator”.
California regulations, the gas tax and the carbon taxes would be a good start when he’s done starting in a mirror.
It’s your fault. There, I took care of your Investigation for you. You’re welcome.
Enjoy those high taxes you voted for, and you keep electing the same people who also implemented a cap and trade tax on gas. You don’t even get to see how much that is, it’s built into the price. Surrounding states are laughing.
I needed a good laugh today! He knows why, and a phony investigation won’t make him look any less complicit.
High gas prices caused by high taxes to fund your boondoggles. Investigation complete.
It’s all the taxes and “fees” authorized by California lawmakers who don’t know how money actually works.
How about the 70 cents in state sales tax and the regulations that prevent the building of new refineries…that keep gasoline more scarce…Newsome and his crook cronies in Sacramento are to blame!
Investigation complete. You’re welcome pic.twitter.com/nzfBkyd7kI
— Kelly K (@KellyKru_) October 22, 2019
There is also a secondary effect of California cap-n-trade that adds an additional 12 to 20 cents per gallon to the 62+ cents straight up fuel tax. No one knows for sure exactly how much. @GavinNewsom knows this he's a liar and a Dick in a suite. pic.twitter.com/9P81qE9g4e
— RightWingLurkingSnake (@rmiames) October 22, 2019
— Rene (@ReneG824) October 22, 2019