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Monday, November 29, 2021

Why are California gas prices so high?

For many of us, the upcoming holiday season offers a moment of return to normal in a long-standing and lonely pandemic.

Thanks to the Covid-19 vaccines, extended families are planning to reunite after months, if not years, of separation. For the first time, couples meet their relatives, as well as the newborn children of their siblings.

One in five California residents are expected to travel 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, a major leap from the depths of last year’s pandemic, according to AAA.

But over the past few weeks, these dreamy routes have been complicated by skyrocketing fuel prices.

In California, the average cost of a gallon of gas is currently $ 4.71, the highest in the country. A few weeks ago, prices here broke the record set in 2012 and have continued to rise since then.

The coronavirus deserves a lot of blame. Gas production fell when demand plummeted last year due to orders for couch potatoes, and has not caught up with passengers and tourists returning.

The national average cost of a gallon of fuel is $ 3.41, up from $ 2.11 at the same time last year. In other words, our long-awaited trips have become more expensive by about 50 percent.

Over the weekend, my colleagues posted a story about Americans canceling vacations and revising their budgets to cope with the pain of the pump.

Kellen Browning, a San Francisco-based New York Times reporter, interviewed drivers in the NoPa area of ​​the city who were queuing at Arco at $ 4.49 a gallon. In other parts of the city, prices reached $ 5.85.

Bay Area residents told Browning that they started targeting certain gas stations to try to save a few dollars, or top-ups at a time to soften the blow to their bank accounts.

Browning himself avoids filling the city with gas whenever possible. He knows there are cheaper I-80 stations on the way to Davis, where he often travels to visit his family.

“I try to time the time so that my tank is nearly empty next to one of these places,” he told me. “When my colleagues on the East Coast reported that people were dissatisfied with gas prices between $ 3.50 and $ 4, it sounded like absolute theft.”

Last week, President Biden asked the FTC to investigate whether oil and gas companies were involved in “illegal activities” that drove prices up. Some poll data have linked low presidential approval ratings to high fuel costs.

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Here in California, high taxes have long made gas prices the highest in the country. But fuel has become even more expensive after an atmospheric storm hit Northern California last month.

Heavy rains have flooded refineries with water, affecting gas production in the region, according to The Los Angeles Times. Subsequent increases in value then trickled south to the rest of the state.

Browning told me that some Californians he spoke to said that high gas prices made them more inclined to buy electric cars. Others said it convinced them to do all of their holiday shopping online.

Some blamed Governor Gavin Newsom, OPEC, inflation, or Biden for their much lighter wallets after filling their tanks.

“But overall, I would say the theme was general frustration and confusion about why they had to pay so much,” Browning said. “At the moment, if I can find gasoline below $ 4.50 a gallon, I unfortunately consider it a good deal.”

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Today’s advice comes from Jennifer Russell, who recommends Mount Diablo State Park in the Bay Area:

“On a clear autumn / winter day, after a little rain, climb to the top of the mountain for the best viewing experience: look west, past the Golden Gate Bridge, to the Farallon Islands; southeast to the James Leak Observatory on Mount Hamilton; south to Mount Loma Prieta in the Santa Cruz Mountains; north to Mount Saint Helena in the Coastal Range; and further north to Lassen Peak in the Cascade Mountains. To the north and east of Mount Diablo, the San Joaquin and Sacramento rivers meet to form the winding waterways of the Delta. To the east, beyond California’s great central valley, the Sierra Nevada ridge appears to be floating in space.

Overall, from the summit of Mount Diablo, you can see over 8,539 square miles and parts of 40 of California’s 58 counties.

Upstairs there is a walking trail for people with disabilities and a very interesting visitor center. On the way back down the mountain, stop in Rock City for a picnic and take the marked Trail Through Time through and around several sandstone caves. “

Tell us about your favorite places in California. Send your suggestions to [email protected] We will explain more in the next editions of the newsletter.

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