Letters to Editor
From Issue: Volume XX - Number 22
Once again I find myself amazed at the astounding ignorance of facts and “foaming at the mouth” political rhetoric found in Les Robbins’ latest diatribe. The recent spike in gasoline prices in California is the result of a “perfect storm” confluence of accidents, pipeline failures, refinery fires, anti-business policies, and misguided environmental regulations spearheaded by the liberal Democratic majority of legislators in California.
California is the only state in the nation that mandates a special “summer” formula for the gasoline sold here. It is inherently more expensive to produce, and, therefore, gasoline prices in California are typically 40-to-50 cents more expensive per gallon than anywhere else in the country. Add that to the fact that per gallon gasoline taxes are nearly the highest in the nation at close to 68-cents per gallon, and you may begin to understand the situation.
Then there is a fire at Chevron’s Richmond Refinery, severely curtailing their ability to produce the expensive California gasoline blend. There is a pipeline failure on a line bringing California crude to the Bay Area. There is a power outage at the Exxon-Mobil Refinery in Torrance, further curtailing the availability of California’s custom-blended gasoline.
There are no out-of-state refineries currently producing the custom, California blend of gasoline. There is no conceivable economic incentive for them to do so. There are no pipelines in existence that could bring refined products into California, even if the products were in compliance with California’s unique formulation requirements.
Les Robbins does not seem to understand that he has an obligation to the citizens of East Long Beach to perform some fundamental, easily accessible research on his subjects before he shoots off his mouth in the direction of those he hates.
His hateful remarks about Congressman Paul Ryan as a “cocky little hypocrite” are unprofessional, and unacceptable. I suspect that these types of snide, desperate, slanderous remarks will only bolster support for the Republican ticket in my East Long Beach neighborhood.
Ralph Paul Jacobs