As political leaders throughout the nation scramble to deal with soaring gas costs, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California introduced on Tuesday that he would search to give residents reduction.
“No one’s naïve about the moment we’re living in with high gas prices, and the geopolitical uncertainty fueling them,” he mentioned in his annual State of the State deal with.
Inflation, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and different elements have despatched gas costs climbing, with the typical worth per gallon of normal unleaded fuel in California reaching $5.44 on Tuesday — the highest in the country and the most expensive ever recorded within the state, in accordance to AAA.
Mr. Newsom famous that in January he proposed pausing a state gas tax enhance that’s supposed to go into impact in July. “But now, it’s clear we must go further,” he mentioned.
The governor mentioned he was working with lawmakers on “a proposal to put money back in the pockets of Californians to address rising gas prices.” According to the governor’s workplace, the reduction would take the type of a gas tax rebate that will be launched as rapidly as attainable.
California constantly has a number of the costliest gas within the nation, largely due to strict environmental standards. Mr. Newsom has sought to place the state as a pacesetter in confronting local weather change by setting aggressive emission discount objectives, planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars and calling for an finish to its fossil fuel manufacturing.
On Tuesday, he reiterated his need to transfer away from fossil fuels, not simply as an environmental crucial however as a method of relying much less on overseas oil producers, like Russia. Earlier within the day, President Biden introduced a ban on importing Russian power into the United States.
“We need to be fighting polluters, not bolstering them,” Mr. Newsom mentioned, “and in the process of so doing, freeing us once and for all from the grasp of petro-dictators.”