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Gas Prices Peak In California

October 10, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA – While gas price reaches its highest peak since 2015, Trump and California Governor Gavin Newson use social media to share different points of view.

Some gas stations in the Los Angeles area are charging more than $5 per gallon of gasoline. Meanwhile, the average price for a self-serve gallon of the regular fuel goes at $4.25 in the County as per this week.

The Oil Price Information Service and the AAA have made a study to determine this increase in gas prices. By this time last year, the price per gallon was 37.1 cents lower than it is today. Just in one month, it has increased by 57.6 cents. And, just last week the price was still 4.5 cents lower than this one.

But the biggest increase has come since the beginning of this year. Now, the gallon of gas is 86.4 cents more expensive than when 2019 started.

Last month, after several oil-production facilities were under attack in Saudi Arabia, gas prices started to rapidly peak. The situation got worse when three refineries in the L.A. area had to undergo maintenance procedures due to some problems. This caused the production to be considerably slowed or even completely stopped.

The corporate communications manager at the Automobile Club of Southern California, Jeff Spring, made a public statement to reveal that no amount of imported gas would be able to make up for the lack that these delays in local production were causing.

On top of everything, most national refineries were already getting prepared for November 1st, when the switch to winter-blend gasoline is programmed to take place. For them, this meant to significantly cut back their production of all summer-blend gas. Hence, creating an even bigger shortage of resources.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump took the chance to comment on these price issues on his social media.

Through the Twitter platform, he indicated that the prices in the state of California were at $4.50, while the national average price is $2.50. This poses a huge difference in prices, being California’s almost double than that of the rest of the country.

Trump went on to blame electric cars for this data. “I guess those very expensive and unsafe cars that they are mandating just aren’t doing the trick!”, he twitted.

Trump also demonstrated his lack of understanding with the California government at the end of his twit. “Don’t worry California, relief is on the way. The State doesn’t get it!” he declared on social media.

At the same time, California Governor Gavin Newsom didn’t hesitate to twit right back at the President. “You have no credibility on this issue. You’re trying to gut our emissions laws. Deny climate change. And wreck our environment by burning the dirtiest possible energy sources,” Newson wrote.

He also went on to address the electric cars allusion. “But, yeah, those electric vehicles we’re encouraging car companies to manufacture sure are gas guzzlers!” he ironically twitted.

This is not the first time this year that the two politicians have exchanged words on Twitter about their different points of view. But, as of right now, Californians can only hope for gas prices to go down as production issues are being solved.


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