Posts Tagged ‘California Independent Oil Marketers Association’

CIOMA Requests Attorney General Investigation of Legality of Fuels Under the Cap

Posted: Sep 12, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on CIOMA Requests Attorney General Investigation of Legality of Fuels Under the Cap

Letter to Kamala Harris addresses damage to competition in wholesale fuels market due to CARB regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–The California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) today requested that the California Attorney General immediately open an investigation into “competition destruction” of the independent oil and fuels industry by the California Air Resources Board as a result of the design of the wholesale fuel market under “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations.

In a letter dated September 8, 2014 addressed to California AG Kamala Harris, CIOMA described the impact of AB 32 cap-and-trade regulations on its members, stating that Fuels Under the Cap will create an anti-competitive, high-risk market for independent fuel distributors, which could cause many of its members’ businesses in California to fail.

“The typical independent fuel supplier cannot pass along the cost of cap-and-trade to its wholesale fuel customers without absorbing significant financial risk,” said Jay McKeeman, Vice President of Government Affairs and Communication for CIOMA. “Instead of absorbing this risk, they are likely to abandon the wholesale fuels market entirely.”
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Gas station event to decry law’s ‘hidden tax’

Posted: Jul 2, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Gas station event to decry law’s ‘hidden tax’

Date: July 2, 2014
Outlet Full Name: The Bakersfield Californian
Author: John Cox
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Business and political leaders plan to gather at a Coffee Road gas station Wednesday to call attention to a state law they say will significantly raise pump prices early next year.

Organized by the California Independent Oil Marketers Association, the “Fed Up at the Pump” event is expected to criticize rules geared toward reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as required by 2006’s landmark Assembly Bill 32.

The trade group says the rules will impose steep new costs on wholesale fuel distributors, who will have no choice but to raise gasoline and diesel prices on consumers.

“We want everyone to understand we’re not to blame for this” upcoming price hike, Jay McKeeman, the association’s vice president of government relations, said in an interview Tuesday.
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Farmers, Truckers and Consumers Protest Hidden Gas Tax Coming January 2015

Posted: Jul 2, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Farmers, Truckers and Consumers Protest Hidden Gas Tax Coming January 2015

Kern County residents protest “Fuels Under the Cap,” an unfair tax affecting California’s Central Valley region and lower-income Californians

Bakersfield, Calif. (July 2, 2014) – Today, members of the Fed Up at the Pump coalition in Kern County are leading an effort to educate and inform consumers, farmers and small business owners about a state-agency mandated gas and diesel price hike that will negatively impact the local economy, especially the agriculture industry and hardworking families in the Central Valley.

Starting Jan. 1, 2015, Californians will pay 16 to 76 cents more per gallon of gas as a result of a gas tax that was created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Brown Administration without public knowledge or legislative approval.

“The ag industry in Kern County is getting hit on all sides – a serious lack of water for crops, the lingering recession and now this,” said Beatris Sanders, Executive Director of the Kern County Farm Bureau, who spoke at the Fed Up at the Pump event on Wednesday. “This gas tax is another burden that is making it harder for the agricultural industry to remain sustainable and viable in Kern County.”

The goal of the Fed Up at the Pump campaign is to delay this hidden, unfair gas tax – created by CARB as part of its “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations (AB 32) – before it goes into effect because it will disproportionately affect lower-income Californians who are unaware this price hike is on its way.

According to GasBuddy, the average cost for a gallon of gas in Bakersfield is $4.10. California average is $4.12 and national average is $3.68. During the summer months the price of gas usually increases because of normal market fluctuations. GasBuddy also reports that gas prices for the July Fourth weekend will be the highest since 2008. But this new gas tax mandated by CARB will be a permanent increase, and not due to any market fluctuations.
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CIOMA-sponsored Bill to Reveal True Cost of Fuel at the Pump Moves Forward in Legislature

Posted: May 1, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on CIOMA-sponsored Bill to Reveal True Cost of Fuel at the Pump Moves Forward in Legislature

Measure to Disclose Consumer Cost of “Fuels Under the Cap” Regulation Passes Assembly Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – May 1, 2014 – Legislation sponsored by the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) that would disclose hidden costs of fuel at the pump cleared a significant hurdle in the State Legislature this week.

Assemblyman Brian Jones’ (R-Santee) legislation AB 2656 requiring transparency at the fuel pump passed the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee on Tuesday. This measure will ensure wholesale fuel invoices contain a disclosure of the estimated cost of the “Fuels Under the Cap” portion of the California Air Resource Board’s (CARB) AB 32 Cap & Trade regulation as a separate line item.

“Our members are having conversations with California consumers everyday who are surprised to hear that a new fee will increase the cost of a tank of gas come New Year’s Day 2015,” said Jay McKeeman, Vice President of Government Relations and Communications for CIOMA. “But they are shocked when we tell them it’s because of a state law, not the gas industry, and the money generated will not go toward greenhouse gas emissions programs and instead into the state’s general fund.”
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