Feeling the AB-32 Pinch at the Pump

Across the nation lower gas price are having the same effect as a tax cut, people are spending the extra cash and in many states the economy is picking up steam.  Not so much in California.

From the CalWatchDog

Although for California, the new tax at the pump from the cap-and-trade portion of AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, has stunted that effective “tax cut” and its salutary effects.

According to GasBuddy.com, today’s average price for regular gas in California was $2.49 a gallon, the third highest for any state, after $2.63 in Alaska and $3.11 for Hawaii.

Enjoying much lower prices were Idaho at $1.87, Utah at $1.89 and South Carolina at $1.91.

The extra money that you could be putting in your pocket, like the folks in Idaho, Utah and South Carolina, it is going into the AB-32 political slush fund, to be distributed by vote buying Democrats in the state legislature.  Look, we get what the people vote for. Think about that in 2016.

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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1 Response to Feeling the AB-32 Pinch at the Pump

  1. sean2829 says:

    Just remember, that the carbon fees are ramping up over the next 5 years as the carbon emissions that must be paid for increase. This is independent of the price of carbon offsets. On top of that you have people in Sacramento looking at mileage fees for cars. http://calwatchdog.com/2015/02/05/car-mileage-fee-debate-accelerates/. So no matter what, drivers in California will be digging deeper and deeper particularly the less affluent rural residents where subsidized electric cars and high speed rail will have no impact on their lives.


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