California governor mandates switch to winter-grade gasoline as prices skyrocket

October 8, 2012 |

In California, following supply shortages and record high gasoline prices, Governor Jerry Brown has ordered the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to transition immediately to the easier-to-make, winter-grade gasoline as soon as possible. This transition could increase supply by up to 10% and ethanol blended in gasoline acts as a gas line anti-freeze in winter. Due to economic and political pressure, many refineries have already transitioned to winter-grade, despite the usual practice of waiting until October 31.

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