I California har bensinprisen nådd all-time-high målt i gjennomsnittlige priser. $4,61 per gallon. Da jeg fylte på vårparten 2010 fortalte tallene en langt lystigere historie – $2,96.
Grunnen til dette er problemene med raffinerier. Og ikke nok med det, timingen er heller bisarr. Det er nå de forbereder omleggingen til vinterblandingen.
A web of refinery and transmission problems is to blame, analysts said. The situation is compounded by a pollution law that requires a special blend of cleaner-burning gasoline from April to October, said Denton Cinquegrana, executive editor of the Oil Price Information Service, which helps AAA compile its price survey.
«We use the phrase `the perfect storm,’ and you know what, this current one makes those other perfect storms look like a drizzle. I don’t want to scare anyone, but this is a big problem,» Cinquegrana said. «Run-outs are happening left and right.»
De høye bensinprisene har ført til at politikerne forsøker alt de kan for å bidra med midlertidig stimuli.
Gov. Jerry Brown took “emergency steps” Sunday to try to bring down record gas prices in the state.
He directed the California Air Resources Board to increase the fuel supply by allowing the immediate sale and import of cheaper and more available winter-blend gasoline.
The move would reduce the price of gas in California by 15 to 20 cents per gallon, probably within a few days, said energy expert Chris Faulkner of Dallas-based Breitling Oil and Gas.
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