It’s that wonderful time of year… The time when the Gas prices shoot through the roof.
This year they’re starting earlier than usual. I guess the Oil executives have to pay for their Christmas yachts somehow…
Of course the local California media is asking Why? They’re also promising a full investigation.
Investigate? How about just looking at the facts.
The problem is as simple as this. California only sells gas that is refined in California.
So if there’s the slightest glitch at any of the refineries, the oil companies get to put a hot poker up all our asses.
This isn’t a smart way to do things. Anyone in manufacturing knows that sole sourcing isn’t smart.
California isn’t the only state that has regulations forcing fuel being sold in the state to have been refined in the state.
I pick on California because it’s the state that I know the most about being one of the people raped at least twice a year by the oil companies. Although in recent years it’s looking more and more like 3 times a year.
As I’ve said before, it’s stuff like the refinery is being maintained, or the refinery needs a bit of paint. Opps, one of executives passed nasty farts. In short, any little excuse to simulate an emergency and thereby jack the prices up.
I’m not driving un-necessarily. I suspect that no-one else is either. Here in my household we’re planning all our trips very carefully and we don’t go anywhere we don’t have to.
This means, no movies, no dining out, no shopping, no bar hopping, in short no luxuries.
If a lot of people in California are adopting similar strategies then pretty soon the California economy will dip.
This means that any layoffs in retail, or food services can be laid squarely at the feet of the oil companies. And they should be!
Crude Oil prices are lower than last year. Brent Crude is about the same. So why the run up?
Can you say Greed???
Good! I knew you could…