The Golden State Trying to Become Greener has Become a Nightmare to its Inhabitants as Government Kills Off the Little Guy. [image credit]
California will run out of money in February or March and if action is not taken soon, a 15 billion dollar cash shortage will have to be faced as California gas stations say ‘no’ to new green pump mandate.
ARCADIA – Dozens (potentially hundreds) of gas stations around California are choosing to shut down rather than comply with a state mandate that would require owners to purchase new equipment to reduce vapor emissions at the pump. Small station owners have decided going out of business is preferable to meeting the mandate.
The requirement, known as Phase II of the states Enhanced Vapor Requirements, calls for gas station owners to individually purchase tens of thousands of dollars of equipment designed to prevent harmful vapors from escaping into the air when gasoline is pumped. Small retailers say the new law is unfair and that the law will not be very beneficial because they do not sell enough gasoline to offset the higher costs of the new pumps. Many of those shutting down their pumps are actually city facilities and businesses with their own dispensers, such as fire stations and construction companies.
“Seventy-six — or 2.4% – of the station owners indicated they will be shutting down on April 1, 2009 rather than upgrade their sites,” said Dimitri Stanich, public information officer for the California Air Resources Board.
Will New Mandated Law hurt California More than it will Help?
April’s regulations promise to cut what are known as reactive organic gas emissions by 7 tons per day statewide, but opponents point to the fact that California produces 2,322 tons of such gases per day. In theory, 822 tons of gas emissions will be removed from California’s air.
How much will this cost the state in revenue from station owners not paying taxes after they shut down gas purchases in their operations. Losing revenue from these stations must not be too important to California since they have asked the feds for a Bail Out and want our tax dollars to save their bacon.
Small independents closing up as green mandated government policies shut them down.
Small station owner George Fasching, who after 31 years of selling gasoline at Fasching’s Car Wash in Arcadia said no, shut off the flow of gasoline from his station in December. “I came to the decision that I was too small a volume operator to continue on with the expenses imposed by the bureaucracy of the state,” Fasching said.
April’s requirements would have cost him $35,000, he said. Fasching only sold the gasoline as a convenience for his car wash customers and blames the new regulations for forcing him to stop. According to Fasching, “It will have some effect on my business, but at least I have the relief that I don’t have to deal with these people anymore.”