By Andrew Sheeler, SACRAMENTO BEE – CAPITOL ALERT
As California continues to struggle with high gas prices, one advocacy group is calling on the governor to convene a special session on the subject.
Consumer Watchdog wants the California Legislature to address why state residents are paying nearly $2 per gallon more than the national average.
“The oil industry has declared war on the state of California and is raising prices unreasonably to punish the public and lawmakers for enacting tough new laws,” Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court said in a statement.
Court is calling for the state to impose a windfall tax on the oil and gas industry.
“The oil refiners don’t have added production costs. They are simply charging more because they can and want to. That’s gouging,” he said.