It seems that gasoline prices are bumping the five buck a gallon mark (and higher) in parts of California. Some are reporting an artificial shortage exacerbated by station managers refusing to buy fuel at high wholesale prices. Who can blame them? They will be stuck when the price finally drops to "normal" rates.
Part of the problem is that there have some issues at CA. refineries that produce their off brand blend of fuel. The lawmakers in that state have reaped what they have sown here and the citizens will pay the price.
In Texas we won't be having a problem like in CA. We will just continue to use regular old fuel. Not that it is cheap or anything. At least 2.00 a gallon higher than it should be. At any rate, I would imagine energy "speculation" has a good deal to do with the high cost of fuel everywhere. Perhaps some of these energy trader/speculator types should be sanctioned. Maybe a hangman's noose waiting for the unlucky? Oh. Have I gone too far there?
There can be no "recovery" with fuel prices so high. Wages and salaries have remained near stagnant for over a decade now and the cost of energy has skyrocketed. This latest fiasco in California is just the tip of the iceberg I'll wager.
We are fast becoming a third world nation.