CA gas prices could start falling

Tesoro Martinez refinerySome good news: Gas prices could start falling.

Six weeks ago gasoline in California averaged about $2.25 a gallon, the lowest price in years. Then prices zoomed up a buck and more. Today, according to, the average price in California is $3.38 a gallon.

That’s the highest in the country, above even the usual highest state, Hawaii, which is $3.15. The lowest is South Carolina, at $2.14.

Finally, relief should be coming. California uses special blends of gas unique only to our state to reduce pollution. So a strike by refinery workers caused shortages, driving up the cost for everybody.

Now the strike is over. Reported the Los Angeles Times:

The United Steelworkers reached a tentative contract with Shell Oil Co. on Thursday after more than a month of contentious talks and strikes, union officials said. …

The previous contract, which covered 30,000 refinery workers nationwide, expired at the end of January. On Feb. 1, the union called for work stoppages, which at last count included 6,500 workers at 15 facilities.

Two California plants owned by Tesoro Corp. in Carson and Martinez were affected. As a safety precaution, the company decided to idle production at the Martinez plant, half of which had already been undergoing maintenance.

Assuming the contract is ratified by workers and prices start dropping, that’s just in time for some fun vacation driving during Easter Break.


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  1. bob
    bob 14 March, 2015, 16:24

    Gas prices keep going up where I live.

    The DemoNcrats have made it very clear that they want the price of gas to hurt the little people.

    Darrel Stinkbug used the term sting. He said he wants the little people to feel a sting when they have to buy gas.

    I don’t think the gas will go down but if it does our rulers will make sure it does not stay down.

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    NTHEOC 15 March, 2015, 07:29

    So a strike by refinery workers caused shortages, driving up the cost for everybody.
    Wow, first the dock workers now the refinery workers!!!!!! Talk about UNION STRONG! Power to the people. I heard they got a good contract also.

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  3. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 15 March, 2015, 08:48

    Thank goodness our labor unions look out for the little guy.

    Well, they look after THEIR “little guys” — often making $100K or more. Screw all the OTHER little guys.

    But the fun part is that Democrats — dominated by ecology-wackoes — are DELIGHTED with high gas prices. It fits their central planning agenda, and the consequences to the people of California is of no consequence.

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  4. desmond
    desmond 15 March, 2015, 16:28

    Yes, more illegals do not effect the drought and have no effects on the environment. That is settled science according to Jerry Brown and the infallible Emperor Hussein.

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John Seiler

John Seiler

John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles,, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: [email protected]

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