On May 3, I went to Carson City, Nev., on business. Fuel prices were as follows: $3.05 for regular gasoline, $3.15 midgrade, $3.27 premium. For diesel: $2.85 per gallon.
On May 23, I returned to find Nevada fuel prices had not changed. There is no “California special blend.”
Most Nevada fuel has no ethanol, and my station wagon averaged four more miles per gallon returning home.
In Nipomo, I paid $4.17 for premium and $4.29 for diesel.
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Why? Part of the answer is California’s new cap-and-trade tax on gasoline, diesel, natural gas and propane.
On May 19, I participated in Legislative Days in Sacramento with one-on-one talks with District 35 Assemblyman Mark Stone, aide to District 17 Sen. Bill Monning and Chief Deputy Director of Finance Michael Cohen. They all like AB 32, the cap-and-trade bill.
They want you to pay 80 cents to a dollar more for fuel. They couldn’t explain where all the money went and why your roads are not being repaired. District 35 Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian voted against this legislation.
At every fill-up, you send these people more than 20 bucks. Are you happy with that?