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Jun 15, 2006 - 04:00 PM

Full of Gas

by Jamie Court
 
Californians are paying more for gasoline than motorists anywhere in the nation and there's no good reason for it. That's what the California Energy Commission has said in weekly reports. But today, in a report responding to the Gov's call for an investigation into high gas prices, Schwarzenegger's Commission says it has to study the problem more.

What does a politician do when he needs to appease both angry motorists and an oil industry that's given him $2.3 million in campaign contributions? Study, study and study it some more. What happened to California's action hero? Why won't the Governor support new price gouging legislation (AB 457 - Nez) that allows him to call for oil industry prosecutions if gasoline prices rise by 10% and production costs don't justify them? Why did Schwarzenegger come out last week against a November ballot measure opposed by the oil industry that would develop alternative energy sources?

So long as Arnold's campaign buses keep running on oil industry cash, we won't ever hear "Action" on high gasoline prices.




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