Consumer Watchdog Group Says Californians Are Paying Higher Price for Their Gas than Rest of the Country

Consumer Watchdog Group Says Californians Are Paying Higher Price for Their Gas

Although there may be a drop in the oil prices in the recent week but for the California drivers there's no respite and they are paying a higher price than the other states. Consumer Watchdog, a watchdog group says that it's all about the companies looking for bigger profits.

Jamie Court, Consumer Watchdog's president says that it's a "The Golden State Gouge!" He along with Tom Steyer, the California billionaire is asking the legislators to pay greater attention to this issue and bring necessary changes.

Steyer said, "The oil refiners are making historic profits and they're shipping gasoline out of California to foreign countries at a time when they're reporting shortage here at home." According to Court, the Californians in Los Angeles are paying $1.30 more than the other Americans in other states for their gas.

Six months back, when the gas prices started to rise, the people living in California have paid $4.8 billion extra as compared to the rest of the country for regular gas and the amounts to approximately additional $200 for every driver in the sate said the Consumer Watchdog group.

Tupper Hull, the spokesperson for Western States Petroleum Association said that the gap exists due to different factors including the unique blends in gasoline that is required for meeting the air quality standards and the higher taxes in California.

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