Gavin Newsom continues to pretend to care about gas prices


Gavin Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, accompanied by his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and their children, delivers remarks after winning his second term in office, in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Gavin Newsom continues to pretend to care about gas prices

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California Democrats are so upset that gas costs so much more in their state than any other in the country that they have decided to do everything except cut the gas tax and slash environmental regulations that jack up prices for consumers.

California is looking at fining oil companies for “making too much money,” according to the Associated Press, because gas prices per gallon in the Golden State are now $2.60 higher than the national average. “We’re burning up,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “We’re choking up. We’re heating up because of these folks. And people are barely able to pay their bills because of these folks.”


No, people are unable to pay their bills in California because politicians like Newsom are pricing them out of the state. California has the second highest gas tax in the country, behind only Pennsylvania. Combined with other environmental regulations and fees, gas is one of the many things that Californians pay more for than residents of any other state.

California Democrats could lower the gas tax at any time, but instead, the state increased the gas tax in July. At the time, the average price for a gallon of gas in California was $6.27, compared to the national average of $4.84.

None of this really bothers Newsom or his California Democratic colleagues. Voters already affirmed his terrible governance in the 2021 recall and his 2022 reelection. But Newsom also has his sights set on the presidency, which means he can’t simply be seen as the unconcerned elitist he is. If Newsom had his way, no one would even be buying gas: California plans to ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.

But “let them buy electric vehicles” doesn’t sell well to voters, even if some environmental zealots essentially admit that they are happy that gas isn’t affordable. So instead, Newsom has decided to pretend he is standing up to greedy oil companies when, in reality, he is the one who is making gas (and everything else) more unaffordable for everyday Californians.


Maybe if California focused less on expensive projects that will never finish and on burdensome regulations that saddle residents with prices that many are now leaving the state to get away from, there would be no issue here. But that is not the California way. California Democrats, including Newsom, posture as warriors for the lower and middle class, all while looting their wallets along the way.

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