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Fed Up at the Pump Statement: Steinberg Denies AB 69 Hearing

Posted: Aug 25, 2014 | Posted by Kassy Perry | Comments Off on Fed Up at the Pump Statement: Steinberg Denies AB 69 Hearing

Sacramento, Calif. (August 25, 2014) –– Below is a statement from Fed Up at the Pump in response to Friday’s letter from Senate pro Tem Darrell Steinberg to Assembly Member Henry Perea denying AB 69 a legislative hearing. The bill would provide for a three-year delay to California Air Resources Board’s (CARB’s) Fuels Under the Cap regulations within the Cap and Trade program.

STATEMENT FROM JAY MCKEEMAN, FED UP AT THE PUMP MEMBER, V.P., CIOMA

“Fed Up at the Pump is disappointed that a small percentage of our state’s legislators took a pass on one of the most important issues facing California’s hardworking families. By denying an open, public discussion of the need for a delay in the implementation of CARB’s hidden gas tax, the Legislature missed an opportunity to educate motorists about the upcoming hit to their wallets.

We must not balance our carbon emission reductions on the backs of our state’s most-vulnerable – the neighborhoods struggling to recover from the Great Recession where disadvantaged and fragile residents have limited disposable income, as well as farmers, small businesses and the transportation sector employers. All of these groups, and more, continue to deal with the nation’s highest unemployment rates and the consequences of the state’s current drought and slow economic recovery.”

About Fed Up at the Pump
Fed Up at the Pump is a grassroots coalition of businesses, consumers and advocates who are concerned about the negative impacts that a hidden, unfair gas tax will have on California.
The coalition’s goal is to halt a state-mandated gas tax – created by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) “Fuels Under the Cap” regulations – before it goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. This gas tax will disproportionately affect lower-income Californians and there is no guarantee money generated will go to programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The coalition is spearheaded by members of the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA), a group of independent fuel conveyers in California. CIOMA members provide a strong backbone to the state’s economy but are often blamed for oil industry gas price hikes. The coalition aims to educate consumers about the source of the gas price increase they will experience in January, 2015, a campaign CIOMA believes that CARB should be conducting so Californians can plan for the upcoming gas tax, especially low income workers in the Central Valley.

More information can be found at www.fedupatthepump.org.

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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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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