California faces a dilemma when it comes to responding to the actions of big oil companies. For one thing, Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit against big oil companies, accusing them of lying about the environmental dangers of fossil fuels for more than half a century. Separately, the state legislature passed a bill that could make it harder to enforce a new law aimed at preventing oil companies from artificially increasing gasoline prices.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, who signed the new law in June, now faces a decision about whether to sign recently passed bill SB 842, which would undermine the state’s ability to quickly address rising energy prices. Petrol. The bill, introduced by Democratic Sen. Steven Bradford, would require consultation with unions and industry stakeholders before taking action on sudden refinery closures. Critics argue that this makes it almost impossible to react quickly to price increases.
The passage of this law has raised concerns among consumer groups who fear it will weaken the recently introduced price gouging law. Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, has called on Gov. Newsom to veto the bill, saying, “This is not the time to weaken a price-gouging law that has barely been enacted.”
The contradictions of California’s progressive leaders have been criticized. While Attorney General Bonta’s lawsuit against the oil companies received widespread media attention, legislation that could benefit those companies received far less scrutiny. Critics argue that this legislative effort is a quiet attempt to appease big oil companies.
Now the decision rests with Governor Newsom. If he signs the bill, he will contradict the promises he made when he signed the new law in June. Consumer advocates and advocates for aggressive action against big oil companies hope the governor will prioritize consumer interests over those of oil companies.
– Price Abuse: The act of irrationally increasing prices during an emergency or crisis situation.
– Gut-and-Amend: A legislative process in which the content of a bill is completely replaced by new text, often unrelated to the original bill.