WSPA President and CEO Catherine Reheis-Boyd issued the following in response to Governor Gavin Newsom and others in state government who are actively driving misinformation about what affects the cost of gas in California.
The Governor and his Administration are failing to communicate what their policies actually cost Californians at the pump and how their decisions have led to the exact market conditions we have today.
California faces a supply shortage as a result of repeated irresponsible policy decisions that have led to a lack of investment in refining capacity and necessary infrastructure, making California an energy island.
The Governor and his Administration have called for shutting down production and refining in the state completely. Unfortunately, this will likely exacerbate cost issues over the next several years as the Governor and his regulators continue to push more unrealistic policies.
In fact, just a few weeks ago the Governor touted his more extreme package of climate policies that will likely increase costs. It’s time for Governor Newsom to call on his regulators for a comprehensive review of state policies and regulations contributing to current market conditions.