A few weeks ago our good friend Eric Eisenhammer with the Coalition of Energy Users presented the unelected California Air Resources Board with hundreds of signatures from Californians urging they stop their plans to raise gas prices by billions of dollars by changing the formula for gas. Yesterday, a Federal judge struck down their plans as a violation of the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution.
A ruling by Fresno-based U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence O’Neill found that CARB’s plans discriminate against out of state fuel producers in a ruling that is a huge victory for California energy consumers.
CARB’s plan, essentially a biofuels mandate, would have raised gas prices a total of $3 billion in 2018, $4 billion in 2019 and $4.5 billion by 2020 according to the state’s own California Energy Commission.
California’s gas taxes are already rated by the American Petroleum Institute as the highest in the nation, at 66 cents a gallon when factoring in Federal, state and local gas taxes, and rising gas prices have made gas costs the highest proportion of a family’s income in 30 years.
Click here to read the Associated Press article on the ruling published yesterday.
While the Federal court decision is a big victory for now, the bureaucrats at CARB will undoubtedly be back with another plan to try to sidestep the ruling and continue with their plans to raise gas prices. This is just one of the gas price hike plans we’re fighting. Another proposal that may be on our November ballots would impose a separate direct tax on oil, which also will raise gas prices by billions of dollars. Click here to go to NoOnTheGasTax.com to learn more.