October 7, 2012

O, Sweet Saint Of San Andreas

Hear my prayer.

Who is the 'they'?

"What are they doing to us?" said Marilyn Tucker, a FedEx employee, as she stopped pumping at a central Los Angeles gas station at $37, well before the tank of her sedan was full. "It’s just ridiculous."

“California requires a specific blend of gasoline that only the refineries on the West Coast make,” said Bill Day, a spokesman for Valero. “So when there is a shortage of that blend, you can’t just send supplies from somewhere else.”


Posted by lance at October 7, 2012 2:26 AM

Almost an entirely made in California problem.

Remember when California led the nation? Its been awhile...

Posted by: marc in calgary at October 7, 2012 3:01 AM

There could be an Election surprise in California if the Uber Rich celebrities give the ordinary citizens a break by the Uber Rich keeping their mouths shut. Cheers;

Posted by: MikeSr at October 7, 2012 4:44 AM

California leads toward America's future again!

Remember 2008 kiddos? The ticket with the "Drill baby, drill!" candidate LOST.

Posted by: Micha Elyi at October 7, 2012 5:34 AM

Why is it that people never make the connection between their voting habits and the consequences? When you vote for insane choices, you get insane results. California made its own bed; now it can lie in it.

Posted by: cgh at October 7, 2012 6:43 AM

cgh at 6:43


Posted by: Jamie MacMaster at October 7, 2012 8:08 AM

Look at the picture with the article. The guy installing the numbers is wearing latex gloves. Is there some California law that requires him to wear latex gloves to install the numbers? What disease is going to catch or spread in this chore?

Posted by: MikeM_inMD at October 7, 2012 8:47 AM

That's what happens to you as you buy the tabloid trash and worry about LiLo's latest fling, they boil you slowly and then "SHAZAAM", you know everything about nothing, but nothing about anything that matters, but you're cooked. In other words Californians know all about who Tom Hanks and Alex Baldwin want them to vote for, but are to stupid to see that what they voted for is the problem. If Scott Hamilton had not died, he could have re-written the line to Please don't go to San Francisco, cause all you'll find is idiots living there.

Posted by: bartinsky at October 7, 2012 9:57 AM

It is a problem caused by government regulation. All CARB (California Air Resources Board) had to do was allow 'winter blend' gasoline to be sold a month early and/or allow the importation of non-California blends from neighbouring states.

The difference between a summer blend and a winter blend is the amount of vapour that is produced at a given temperature. In winter more vapour is necessary for easier ignition particularly when starting a cold engine. The only pollution that would be caused by using the winter blend a month early is the vapours that escape while filling up the tank. Once it is in the tank with the cap screwed on there is no vapour emission. Every car made in the last three decades has a sealed fuel system where the vapours from the tank go to a charcoal canister where they are absorbed until the next time the engine is running, at which time they are drawn off and burned.

So in other words, to prevent an increased escape of vapours in the two minutes it takes to fill up the tank, CARB is doing nothing and letting motorists pay through the nose.

Posted by: Al_in_Ottawa at October 7, 2012 10:02 AM

Who are "they"? Well,this being Californicated,it's Big Oil,coal companies,and eeevviiillll GWB. NOT the clowns they elected.After all, they are leftards,so they can't be wrong. cgh has got it right @ 6:43.

Posted by: Justthinkin at October 7, 2012 10:11 AM

..From the same people who mandated the addition of MTBE in their gas..?? We're surprised? THEY'RE surprised??

Those of from near to, and especially from California are laughing at them simply because they're getting what they voted for.
They've prevented the construction of new refineries, mandated fuel formulas, and now... they get to pay for the consequences.

They should now punish the Evil Big Oil companies by passing a law capping gas prices at $3/gal. (then watch the companies bail out of Cal and leave 'em all with fancy cars and nowhere to go. (and no fuel for shipping goods into or out of the state)

Posted by: DJ in da US at October 7, 2012 10:15 AM

It gets even better. With the fascist obama regime introducing E15 blends, the jackboot-wearing EPA now will mandate minimum filling volumes.

The faster the Whitehouse commie leaves the stage, and the EPA/other worthless government agencies defunded massively, the better for the US.

It's now or never, America: do you wish to return to your Founders' ideals, or to permanently transform your country per the Community-Organizer-in-Chief's vision?


Posted by: mhb at October 7, 2012 10:21 AM

Is CFL on strike? Why not "F’ing blowhards."?


"37. Annoy Mouse

I am living in the Beach area south of Los Angeles proper and Thursday or so we had a brown out. I am pretty sure it is the brown out that wiped out the local refinery that helped cause the gas price spike. Imagine what 60V 30Hz with occasional spurts in band does to thousands of PLC controllers. Apparently brown outs destroy Compact Fluorescent Lamps as well because after the brown out I had to replace all of our lights. The commies want us to sit in the dark and dream of electric cars. Meanwhile,all of the politico’s of the area are trying to get the oldest power plant shut down… others are agitating against geothermal and solar in the deserts east of San Diego. F’ing blowhards."

Posted by: maz2 at October 7, 2012 10:33 AM

cgh @ 6:43, exactly, and Quebec, B.C., Ontario and now Alberta are in the same mold.

And then they complain. They should have kicked the tires earlier.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at October 7, 2012 10:40 AM


They're paying almost as much as us on Vancouver Island!

The poor bastards!

Posted by: Sooke at October 7, 2012 11:13 AM

$5 a gallon is $1.32 per litre, most of the pumps I see here in Sask are at $1.29 now, so cry me a river. Governments and oil companies have been screwing Canadians for years with gas pricing. You may not like it but after a while you get used to it. A buck and change for a litre sounds better than 5 bucks a gallon, California should switch to metric, it would dovetail nicely with all their other efforts to restrict trade and generally make thing difficult for people.

Posted by: DougInPA at October 7, 2012 11:18 AM

Liberals remind me of the old Tapeworm and Kit Kat joke.

Posted by: HEP-T at October 7, 2012 11:19 AM

Mike Sr., the only election surprise in California will be the earthquake that makes Reno a Pacific seaport. The place is irredeemably doomed. It's sole virtue is serving as the Great Bad Example of how to get everything wrong. Recipe for success: see California; do the opposite.

Ken, Jamie, what we are seeing is an interesting example of reversion to a third world economy and social structure. An ultra-rich aristocracy at the top, and a vast mass of marginally impoverished at the low end with a greatly shrinking middle class. Give it another two generations and California will look little different than Sao Paulo of the 1960s.

They did it to themselves. No invaders, no crushing natural disasters. There may be a variation of the Sukhomlinov Effect here. California has arguably the best climate for living in the entire US. And it's a basket case.

Now think about perfect climates elsewhere around the world. Third World toilets all of them. The most mismanaged economies in Europe are those with the most benign living conditions. La Dolce Vita, dontcha know?

This cannot be an accident.

Posted by: cgh at October 7, 2012 12:04 PM

californicated........settled paradise and made it unlivable.

When you elect the likes of Jerry Brown-twice! You deserve everything you get.

We have a similar disease in BC.

Posted by: cascadian at October 7, 2012 12:41 PM

Yup. And dumb Ontario voters did the same thing.
Not only do we have high gasoline prices, but home heating and electricity prices are outa sight too. Dummies keep voting for McDumby and it gets worse.

Posted by: Ed at October 7, 2012 1:15 PM

cascadian: Amen. B.C.ers can't seem to GET the relationship of cause/effect and of actions/consequences. Even small towns have swallowed the U.N. agenda.

Posted by: chutzpahticular at October 7, 2012 2:51 PM

Who are "they"?
The evil Republican Big Oil, of course.

Do you know a metra bus driver in San Francisco makes $300k a year?

Posted by: elkh1 at October 7, 2012 2:56 PM

Well, that is it then, we are agreed. People generally get the government they deserve for not paying attention and believing the hope and change lies fed to them by the left. In Russia and elsewhere they ultimately realized their error.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at October 7, 2012 3:08 PM


Our problem is the lack of true alternatives.

Campbell masquerded as a rightwinger, but everything about his history screamed federal Liberal (Art Phillips errand boy). After his first term, he made a sharp turn left. CC is even further left than Gordo was.

So the choice has been soft left Liberal, or hardcore NDP, with the BC Cons being a sad joke, a hobby horse for the religious retirees.

We're so screwed in BC. The carbon tax will remain, but instead of giving it to Gordo's Enbridge pals, it will go to Comrade Dix's union pals, for more teamster jobs, so we can run more empty buses late at night. All this while specified transit taxes are already collected (double taxation), and provincial and federal taxes are also drained off.

One would think Comrade Dix would be tuned to the fact that the "little guy" (the alleged NDP constituency) is getting screwed twice. Once directly, when he hills his vehicle, and a second time, everytime he purchases something at a store, that had to be transported (like, oh, something like food!)

The parties know, the majority of the electorate is stupid, and easily sold a bill of goods.

Posted by: DanBC at October 7, 2012 4:03 PM

...said Marilyn Tucker, a FedEx employee, as she stopped pumping at a central Los Angeles gas station at $37, well before the tank of her sedan was full. "It’s just ridiculous."

Question for Ms Tucker: Have you ever voted for a Democrat?

Posted by: Blacque Jacques Shellacque at October 7, 2012 4:04 PM

Jerry Brown will have to resign again..but nobody gives a squat what California thinks. When they start eating thier own we may step in, but that will be delayed until they are nicely stewed...

Posted by: Slap Shot at October 7, 2012 4:25 PM

TO: All
RE: Who Are 'They'?

If 'They' live in California.....

....."They' did it to themselves.


P.S. In the Army, we refer to it as a self-inflicted wound.

Posted by: cbpelto at October 7, 2012 5:28 PM

DanBC, what we need in BC is a TEA party as well as getting people to get off their ass and raise hell. Difficult when for a large portion of the BC population their main concern is having an uninterrupted supply of weed. Now if the price of weed went up, that would be a major crisis in this province.

cgh, you're quite right about the relationship of climate and dysfunction. The lower mainland of BC has the best climate in Canada, and I'd have no hesitation in labeling Vancouver as a 3rd world shithole. That's why I left for a harsher climate but a more civilized one.

Posted by: Loki at October 7, 2012 5:35 PM

TO: All
RE: Jerry Brown

This character and all those who support him in their legislative and judicial bodies, as well as all of those who voted for him and their legislative reps have no one to blame but themselves.


The idiot Californians—high on drugs, angst and ennui—implemented the California form of gasoline.

And NOW....that several major refineries are off-line and a crucial pipeline to the north of their state has California EPA-grade 'issues'....they don't have any gasoline to operate their all-important motor vehicles.

What's the SOLUTION to their plight?

Fire the Democrats and Greens.

Oh, but that would be an ego bust.

Too bad. So sad.....


[Image collapses where the tread meets the pavement of Reality.]

Posted by: cbpelto at October 7, 2012 5:39 PM

the cost of cleaning up the tailpipe for all those bicycle users....

Posted by: doug at October 7, 2012 7:44 PM

California does seen to have a unique problem with smog, but I have no idea how much of the problem is related to gasoline. Here is a map of the US showing ozone non-attainment areas.

Here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex we also have a smog problem on some summer days, typically in August, when the wind is too slow to blow the pollutants into Oklahoma. Air pollution is never an issue in October around here. If California air pollution is only a summer problem too, it probably makes sense to allow other fuel blends right now.

I would like to see citizens push back on the issue of unique fuel blends. With all the pollution controls on cars and gas pumps, do these special fuel blends do anything? I suspect that pollution from lawn mowers and other small engines is a bigger part of the problem now.

Posted by: George B at October 7, 2012 8:28 PM


If its not the weed supply, its also the plethora of retired government workers from across the country that flock here, that keep voting dipper.

Going OT here, but its the endless mantra of enviro-everything, that is destroying the resource industry in BC, making it illegal to cut down any tree, to dig any hole, or to fish/hunt for anything.

It seems the future in BC is to be a government inspector, or a barista or burger flipper. Stupid x2

Posted by: DanBC at October 7, 2012 9:25 PM

California governor orders state begin move to winter-blend gasoline

Posted by: ES at October 7, 2012 10:00 PM

This state elected Moonbeam Brown twice,rumour is that they want to trade him for Dauntless McGuilty and will include two draft choices and an unnamed minor league Governor.

Posted by: Frankemm at October 7, 2012 11:32 PM

“So when there is a shortage of that blend, you can’t just send supplies from somewhere else.”

paint...corner..,some assembly required.
It's like putting your foot in your mouth...and then shooting yourself in the foot.

Posted by: Oz at October 8, 2012 12:13 AM

""They"? Why, they is the plain and fancy they, that's who "they" is! Caught you, didn't they? Tied a tin can to your tail. Led you in and waltzed you out again. Oh my, what a bunch! Big tough ones, hunh? Here you are with a handful of holes, a thumb up your ass, and a big grin to pass the time of day with. They? Who the hell is "they?" "
-- The Wild Bunch

Posted by: mojo at October 8, 2012 12:04 PM

Just tell them to keep their tires inflated.

Posted by: arlo at October 8, 2012 2:30 PM

"It's like putting your foot in your mouth...and then shooting yourself in the foot."

-Perfectly said. But then add the next part of the recipe:

Blame the evil Republicans. Been going on forever. Wash, rinse, dry, repeat cycle. A lovely "Great Society" we've created, huh ?

Posted by: DaveinMinnesota at October 8, 2012 2:35 PM

If you voted for Obama in 2008, they are starting at you in the mirror.

Posted by: PacRim Jim at October 8, 2012 2:37 PM

We have had two refinery fires recently so I won't be surprised if some people do blame a big oil conspiracy. Still; if we didn't use the special blend... yes; we could have gas trucked in from other markets. It just gets harder and harder to live here...

Posted by: thomass at October 8, 2012 4:48 PM

ah, but look at this insanity. This is incurable.

Posted by: dmitryb at October 8, 2012 5:41 PM

where did the link go?

Posted by: dmitryb at October 8, 2012 6:05 PM

cgh at 6:43: "California made its own bed; now it can lie in it."

The problem is, California--and it's ideological enablers and twins in D.C.--will NOT lie in that bed alone. They'll take us all down the tubes with them. We must pursue an aggressive "separation" strategy to remove them from the union.

Posted by: Jeff H at October 9, 2012 12:27 PM