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Gas Hits $6 a Gallon in California, Might Go Even Higher in Washington State

Gas Hits $6 a Gallon in California, Might Go Even Higher in Washington State

“California gas prices continue to climb as the statewide average price per gallon reached $6.06 Monday.”

The national average price of a gallon of gas is now over $4.50. In blue California, it has crept up to a stunning $6 a gallon. Of all of Biden’s failures, this is the one that could truly doom his presidency.

It’s a problem that touches everyone, regardless of their background or political beliefs.

Louis Casiano reports at FOX Business:

California sees record gas prices; state has done ‘everything you could do to make prices go up,’ expert says

California gas prices continue to climb as the statewide average price per gallon reached $6.06 Monday.

Nationally, the price of gas hit $4.59 per gallon, according to AAA. The record-highs come as inflation continues to rise and the demand and cost for oil increases.

The statewide average a year ago was $4.16 for regular unleaded gas.

The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the Los Angeles area was $6.09, compared to $6.32 in San Francisco.

Phil Flynn, a senior energy analyst at The PRICE Futures Group and Fox Business contributor, said prices may top out around the Memorial Day weekend, a time when millions of Americans are expected to take road trips.

“Alot of times when we anticipate a tight market and increase in demand, once we hit that demand, we pull off,” he said. “If I were looking for a top on prices, I would predict it would be right around the Memorial Day weekend and then I think prices will cool down.”

Here’s a video report from KTLA News:

A little further north in Washington State, things could get even worse.

The New York Post recently reported:

Washington state gas stations run out of fuel, prep for $10 a gallon

Gas stations in Washington state are resetting their price boards to accommodate double digits in preparation for fuel prices potentially reaching $10 a gallon, according to a report.

The move comes as several gas stations in the Evergreen State ran out of fuel, the Post Millennial reported.

At the 76 gas station in Auburn, about 30 miles south of Seattle, gas pumps were reprogrammed so the display could indicate a price of at least $10 a gallon.

The displays were limited to single digits as recently as March, but the surging price of gas has led to the change.

A 76 spokesperson told the Post Millennial that the change did not necessarily mean the company was predicting gas prices would reach $10 a gallon.

Joe Biden has claimed that he is working to bring gas prices down, but it’s hard to believe him when he and members of his cabinet keep saying that this is basically a tough “transition” away from fossil fuels:

The pain looks intentional.

Whatever the case, it’s certainly not sustainable.

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The full effect of all that Russian Crude coming off global markets has not yet been felt. Look for $150 a barrel crude in Q4 and $200 in East Asia.

The Omnibus Bill of 2015 gives the President authority by Executive Order to end the export of Crude Oil. No Congress input necessary.

Will Joe shut down exports when the nationwide price reaches $6 a gallon? If so, we could see two tiered pricing with USA at $70 a barrel and the entire rest of the world over $200.

“Gas might go even higher”

I had to wipe the coffee off my keyborad and wait till I stopped laughing before I typed this.

taurus the judge | May 24, 2022 at 11:31 am

Well, I hate to say it but both of these states worked very hard to bring this situation about so they deserve the fruits of their labor.

    CommoChief in reply to taurus the judge. | May 24, 2022 at 11:52 am

    Greens ‘those refineries are icky and we will use EV instead (though there is an 18+ month backlog so taking immediate delivery is out of the question) and of course the same greens demanding universal adoption of EV have yet to specify where the additional electricity to power these EV will come from.

    Nor have they considered that fossil fuels power the electrical grid so EV are not green in the sense that fossil fuels will be burned to power them, if only at a remove. Finally the same greens want endless windmills and solar panels in their quest for net zero emissions but they refuse to provide realistic estimates of how much overcapacity must be built, how much battery capacity with the ability to level out seasonal variability is required or how much fossil fuel electricity capacity must be kept on line to support their quest.

    Perhaps in an area with federally subsidies for previous generations of hydropower it might work. Certainly not universally. Not when rural communities engage in their own NIMBY in opposition to transmission lines coast to coast to push power from sunny areas and wind corridors to the distant blue enclaves who refuse to build reliable sources of power generation.

    The best thing would be for a smaller town and county to volunteer as a testbed to provide proof of concept testing. I have yet to see any community in the volunteer to become the guinea pig. I find their lack of faith in their own policy prescriptions quite telling.

      taurus the judge in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 12:01 pm

      Not going to happen, listen to the PE here.

      Everyone on the left ABOVE the “useful idiot” class (for the sake of conversation, lets say those like AOC are the highest level of useful idiot) knows that “green” ( regardless of the specific application)is both physically IMPOSSIBLE on the science side and a wealth distribution Ponzi scheme on the political side.

      There is no legitimate model even ( reviewed by properly skilled authority or SME’s) that even show its possible. No one has ever produced one and nobody ever will. They know that too which is why they use nebulous made up “metrics” to bolster their views and never accept a challenge to them.

      That’s why there will NEVER be any form of “proof of concept”-not because it “cant” be proven but because it will be EXPOSED as the FARCE it is.

      The only “model” we will ever see is the Obamacare argument.

      Take the word “Obamacare” out and insert “green” and notice everything remains the same. (including the end result)

        CommoChief in reply to taurus the judge. | May 24, 2022 at 12:46 pm

        Yeah, it’s certainly not going to work with existing tech. The net zero fanatics refuse to provide any sort of projections based on current tech nor provide a demonstration project; as you state it will demonstrate that the ideas don’t work in practice to deliver reliable electricity 24/7/365.

        NY has adopted net zero requirement, by 2035 if I’m not mistaken. They adopted it into law with a TBD tech input. Their power generation shortfalls are literally addressed by a non existing, to be determined tech breakthrough. Amazing.

          taurus the judge in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 1:05 pm

          Regarding “technology” ( which has become the new wave “pixie dust” that is guaranteed to solve everything once we obtain the secret recipe located at the fountain of youth located in the 3rd level of Atlantis in the slot below Obama’s real BC.)

          Technology is a misused and politically abused word that means nothing more than the “science” of technically knowing and the process to perform it.

          Many things can be “theoretically” plausible but physically impossible ( impossible meaning an absolute- not an obstacle that can be overcome by any amount of anything)

          Green energy ( as politically defined) is IMPOSSIBLE so no amount of “technology” is going to change that. Ever. No matter how much AOC cries at a fence or stomps her feet.

          The ELEMENTS ( on the periodic table) with the necessary energy density to replace atomic, hydroelectric and petroleum ( coal being in that family as well) simply do not exist.

          Since “unobtanium” is still unobtainable- there is no secret manufacturing technique or alloying recipe that will make it so without the base material.

          It cannot happen (Physics is against it), it cannot be made to happen (no material capable of doing it exists) and it never will happen (combination of the aforementioned)

          All the left wants to do is run the con with the “eternal promise” that if we BELEEEEVE just a LITTLE HARDER this time, it will magically happen.( while draining our money and managing the industrial decline of the USA)

          Its already BEEN PROVEN the concepts don’t work and cant be made to work. Not now or ever.

          I defy any human on Earth to factually disprove anything I just said.

          Peabody in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 1:41 pm

          This is a good thread. Very fact filled and educational.

          lichau in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 2:27 pm

          Taurus, Commo.
          It is apparent that none of The Powers That Be got a “C” or better in high school physics.

          Milhouse in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 3:09 pm

          Green energy ( as politically defined) is IMPOSSIBLE

          The key phrase there is “as politically defined”. Green energy is possible, if nuclear, hydro, and space-based solar are no longer defined as ipso facto “not green”. But they never will be, because the whole point of “green” is to reduce us to poverty, so any energy source that looks like it might work will automatically be defined as “not green”.

      randian in reply to CommoChief. | May 24, 2022 at 9:20 pm

      The greens demanding universal EV don’t really believe that everybody will replace their gas car with one. Only the elites will have their own cars (with drivers), everybody else will be forced into public transit.

taurus the judge | May 24, 2022 at 11:33 am

Remember, in spite of the blame games,

The left WANTS this to both break us and to bring in green so do not look to them for any relief or even attempt to fix anything.

The RINOs are in lockstep with them too.

Why exactly should I care about CA? This is what they voted for, don’t believe me quote the portion of the vote Larry Elder got.

This is what Californians voted for why exactly should I even pretend I care?

I am concerned about the price of gas in states that didn’t vote for this.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Danny. | May 24, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    The LA basin, the Bay Area, and Sacramto County voted for it. The central valley, the Siskiyous, and the sierra Nevada’s voted for no such thing.

    taurus the judge in reply to Danny. | May 24, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Write this one down Danny because I’m partially agreeing with you.

    Normally, I would agree totally because they got what they deserve but there’s a slight issue.

    California also has a position at times to set standards the rest of the nation seems hell bent to adopt plus when they screw up, they get Federal money to “ease” things.

    Also, after 2020, I’m no longer certain that “the people” in California actually did vote for what they have now. They very well might have been the Beta version for all election theft.

    Albeit indirect locally, things California does, tend to eventually affect us.

    You and I both might be better to say something like ” I have a vested interest in what happens to Calif”

Interesting how the NYP manipulates the story … claims “stations” in WA are reprogramming for $10/gal. gas, but cites just one station in Auburn that actually changed their pumps.

Since I spent my first 20 years in Auburn, it piqued my interest and Google led to the address of the 76 station in Auburn. It is unique among gas stations there in that it sells Trick 101 Octane, and 114 and 119 octane gas for racing. Assuming high-octane stuff is way pricey, it’s no wonder they need pumps that can display $10.00 + gas.

Where I’m at on the Olympic penninsula in WA the station sells 87-92 octane gas. Regular is $4.89 and Premium is $5.29. Clallam Co-Op which AFAIK is the only place to get pure gas, sells the corn-free stuff for over $6/gal.

    RandomCrank in reply to MrE. | May 24, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    I live in WA State, and am utterly no fan of Gov. Slackjaw Inslee, et al, but it’s been amusing to watch the wingersphere spread this. Besides conflating one station’s pricing of racing fuel, there have been stories of empty pumps in the Tri-Cities, based on some local Facebook group that’s never identified. It’s a 300-mile round trip from where I live, so it’s not as if I will bop on out there to check. None of the local newspapers or TV stations have reported anything, so I call bullshit.

    I follow 4 news aggreggators: 2 mainstream media and 2 conservative. The conservative sites have republished the bullshit without bothering to check. And now Legal Insurrection does it too. Same shit, different sandwich. What a shock.

It’s all part of the “incredible transition” from fossil fuels. Now if we can just notice that we are transitioning from something that is robust and essential today into something that won’t be available for decades…. if ever. Brilliant!

    lichau in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 24, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    I am an old Engineer. PhD, EE. Have made my living for 50 years designing stuff.

    Wind and solar? I spent about 20 years on the edges of wind power. The principle problem for wind/solar is storage. The wind doesn’t always blow, the sun doesn’t always shine.

    The idiots that we see on the tube constantly tout the just around the corner revolutions in battery technology. FACT: a lot of very bright people have been working on better batteries since at the latest, about 1900. The earliest urban vehicles were battery operated. They died out with the invention of the self starter. Women typically couldn’t crank start a car.

    We have had some VERY smart people and a LOT of money working on this problem for 100+ years. Yes, the lithium ion batteries are an advancement. Incremental, but an advancement. It has been a while since I did the calculation, but it seems that it takes about 50 lbs of Li batteries to store the energy of one lb of gasoline/diesel. Long way to go.

    The idea that there is some revolutionary technology just around the corner is delusional. Could it happen? Of course. But, don’t place much money on that bet.

      taurus the judge in reply to lichau. | May 24, 2022 at 2:56 pm

      Kewl, ME here

      I got out of green after seeing the mechanics of it and working on several projects.

      Its unworkable.

        Milhouse in reply to taurus the judge. | May 24, 2022 at 3:25 pm

        If the battery problem were ever solved, the same people who are touting batteries today would suddenly “discover” that they are incredibly polluting, and if that problem were solved they’d find some other reason to oppose them. The definition of “green energy” is “any source that is not actually available, but that we can promise people is just around the corner”.

          Peabody in reply to Milhouse. | May 24, 2022 at 4:51 pm

          That’s the best explanation you have ever given for anything, Milhouse. It’s a classic and could be modified to fit many other liberal definitions.

      What do you think of graphene batteries? They are supposed to be 383% more effective than lithium.

      My objection with green tech is that although there certainly are applications that could benefit (EVTOL vehicles e.g.), that is not what the greenies are offering. They are offering them as the ONLY option to fossil fuels and the opportunity is only there if fossil fuels are banned by the government.

      Like you say, electric motors have been around for a very long time. Subways systems have been electric from the beginning. Automobiles and trains went through electric periods. So it’s not new. But there some of the electric motors are as powerful as anything out there. Britain’s only aircraft carrier is powered by an electric motor than the deisel motor it replaced and is smaller.

      Koenigsegg is a Swedish auto engine that is many orders of magnitude more powerful than what Tesla is using. But it will never be used in autos. Too expensive and overpowered.

      All of these green technologies are worthy of exploration and development, I am currently investing in an innovative EVTOL jet that will very likely be successful in its target market. It doesn’t replace anything but provides a new alternative to local transportation. Since two of its strategic partners are government contract related, it is very likely there will be other applications. It’s all about developing products for the right applications.

      But destroying the global economy to “save the planet” is NOT what is going on. These globalists are destroying the global economy to collapse the world into the arms of the socialism organized by Fuhrer Klaus Schwab. Just listen to his introductory speech at this week’s World Economic Forum gathering at Davos. It’s all there. It used to be “conspiracy theory” to point this out but it is now out in the open. Everything that’s going wrong in the world traces its roots to that Nazi spider in the middle of the WEF web. He is a certified Nazi trying to fulfill the dreams of a Fourth Reich.

    taurus the judge in reply to Pasadena Phil. | May 24, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    It will never happen.

    People have been chasing the holy grail of “free energy” since the 3rd quarter 1800’s that we know of historically.

    All matter ( and subsequent actions) in this universe are subject to entropy. ( even suns go Nova so they are not infinite)

    The ultimate “proof” of the false flag of “green” is our enemies. Forget Gaia and all the mother Earth stuff for a second- whoever has ( or develops) true “green” energy ( as the left describes it) will be the ultimate and final “ultra power” on this planet.

    The fact Russia and China have not dropped everything to develop it tells one all they need to see. ( they have investigated it just like we have)

    The difference is they don’t have leftists selling them out like we do. ( they are sitting and waiting)

    That’s just reality.

      CommoChief in reply to taurus the judge. | May 24, 2022 at 6:24 pm

      Oh oh oh! I know lets mandate the Stirling engine! We can slam 1/2 trillion dollars to figure out how to refine it!

      When that fails to work lets go full retro and create a steam punk powered society!

It is not exactly a failure.
Not to them.
They want this.
In their warped perception of things, this is an accomplishment, and we will all go running to get an EV, or even better, start using public transportation and we will save the baby seals and the polar bear and the bees and the planet and we will all sing “Kumbaya!” together under the rainbow.
And very important: We will own nothing and be happy. Or else.

And please note that none of this is Biden’s idea. He is a pathetic puppet.

Progressive costs or progressive prices? Obamacares? Environmentalism through labor and environmental arbitrage. Perhaps a boomerang effect in selective, opportunistic, politically congruent (“=”) sanctions in Spring.

As I commented elsewhere, it is apparent none of those making “policy” got a “C” or better in high school physics. If they took it at all.

News Flash: Electricity is NOT an energy SOURCE. It is an energy DELIVERY mechanism.

The energy had to come from somewhere else. Today, virtually all of it is fossil fuel. Some hydro, diminishing nuclear. Wind and solar? Only if and when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining. If neither, the energy has to come 100 percent from fossil, nuclear or hydro.

Just like hamburger, milk, etc. does not come from the grocery store.

    taurus the judge in reply to lichau. | May 24, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Respectfully, it might be better stated electricity is the reactive result of a matter event (physical, kinetic or chemical) and the conductor is the delivery system.

    I point that out because the “delivery system” is the most significant loss of efficiency in the entire circuit with the working deice being next.

    henrybowman in reply to lichau. | May 24, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    “News Flash: Electricity is NOT an energy SOURCE. It is an energy DELIVERY mechanism.”

    Amen. I have to make the same explanation every time somebody waxes manic about hydrogen.

    Energy SOURCES are mined. They pre-exist. They are located and exploited, not created.

    You can scoop Jupiter’s atmosphere and take the hydrogen home? Then it’s an energy source, but not until then.

    I use the word “mined” very loosely, to include exploiting existing wind, solar, and hydro power. Wind and solar are indeed energy sources, just terribly inefficient ones.

Free State Paul | May 24, 2022 at 2:38 pm

Q: What does a Leftist call gasoline going from $3 to $6 in two years?

A: A good start.

Today, somewhere in LA, I don’t know where, regular gas was 7.29.

maybe they will at least stop doing that friggin 9/10 of a cent now.
4.599 is not 4.59.
its 4.60
right now here its usually listed as 4.58.
nope, 4.589 is 4.59.

    dmacleo in reply to dmacleo. | May 24, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    and ethanol free here is 5.30 (ok 2.299) a gallon and don’t get me started on even off-road diesel. 5.80 as of today. glad I don’t run on road diesel. I didn’t even look at those prices today. bad enough all stations (except truck stops) are limiting all pumps to 100$ max credit card purchase at one time. to fill a 30+ gallon tank hit the 100 mark. shut off pump. start over.
    least my 23hp diesel tractor (massey gc2400) uses half the fuel my gas mower did to do lawn and I can at least till gardens for money with it.
    plus the bucket helps to move a lot of horseshit around. gotta compost the news of the day somehow.

California, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, heck, every blue state, should all have gas at $10 per gallon minimum. It’s a small price to pay for stopping those darn mean tweets.

There is a reason the maritime world shifted from sail to fossil fueled propulsion.

Simply put, the free stuff was utterly unreliable and often unavailable when it was needed the most.

Things haven’t changed much.

They’re running out of fuel because of hoarding. We saw the same in 1973 and 1978.

RandomCrank | May 24, 2022 at 11:00 pm

A point to make to the wingers here who want to consign everyone in a blue state to hell. It’s hard to move for all kinds of reasons. We did it five years ago within WA State. We are still unpacking shit. Have more understanding. There are plenty of people in those states, and even within very blue cities, who cannot realistically get out.

    Milhouse in reply to RandomCrank. | May 25, 2022 at 1:33 am

    Yeah, but if Stacey Abrams thinks Georgia is the worst state in which to live, she should bite the bullet and move.

      RandomCrank in reply to Milhouse. | May 25, 2022 at 7:36 pm

      I think Abrams should volunteer to go to Ukraine as an artillery shell, but she’s too fat so maybe they could rig up a catapult using Roman designs. LOL

You can bet the farm that the blue staters who are moving to the red (spell that s-a-n-e) states will bring their ideas with them.

There are times I thank God that I live in a “backward” Southern state that the blue staters like to ridicule. I suspect CommoChief might agree.
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got multiple roto-tilling jobs over next 2 weeks.
3 weeks ago price went from 35/hr 1 hr min to 45/hr 1 hr min.
2010 grand marquis, 14,400$ in 2014,
7×14 trailer 2$ in 2014
trailer brakes and controller 400$ in 2015
in 2020 a 2010 massey GC2400 12,800
in 2021 a woods 48.30 tiller 2500#
specific tires/wheel spacers/etc 400$
when I show up to till your garden I have 20K$ invested.
those that want want to complain after the job (45$) have been told I will UNTILL their area for free. this is why I always carry bucket on tractor. so far only 1 person thought to call my bluff.
last year my prices were 10$ an hour less.
fuel and equipment costs

    $45 / hr. is a bargain – around here, they charge for mileage, load and unload. Wish more tractor services had a tree spade attachment. It’s proven impossible to find someone to move a dozen small trees (3-4″ trunk dia). Probably wind up cutting them off flush with the ground and shredding them. No easier to find someone to box-scrape and recondition a 350′ long drive.

      dmacleo in reply to MrE. | May 25, 2022 at 5:39 pm

      I do my best to provide good service at good price.
      many satisfied people.
      one bitched.
      I put down pressure on bucket and untilled the area told him I hope he enjoys breaking his 5hp tiller there.
      I got nothing else to do, w/i 15-18 miles 45/hr. 1 hr min.

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