Gasoline prices in California came close to $4 per gallon on April 8. The average price at the pump climbed by 18 cents in the last month to $3.93 per gallon, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). AAA spokesperson Jeff Spring said that the average price last topped $4 in November 2019.
Article by Virgilio Marin from Natural News.
In the San Francisco cash market, where refiners and retailers trade the motor fuel, the premium on gasoline for April deliveries went up by 2 cents to 12 cents a gallon, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That is the highest premium since Jan. 7.
Cash market increases are typically passed to consumers after the fuel is moved down the supply chain.
In the Los Angeles and Long Beach cash market, the average pump price rose by 2 cents in the last week of March to $3.96 per gallon on April 7, as shown by figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. That is 17.3 cents higher than a month ago and 93.2 cents greater than a year ago, when global fuel prices plunged due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The average price in the neighboring cities had been rallying recently. It went up by a total of 73.1 cents since the start of the year, driven mainly by 59 consecutive increases in 60 days that totaled 57.9 cents. Increases stopped momentarily on March 21, then surged once again.
California eases pandemic restrictions
The price hike came as most of the state’s 58 counties had moved out of the highly restrictive purple tier in recent weeks. The majority are now either in the red, orange or yellow tier, all of which allow more businesses to reopen.
In the red tier, restaurants, museums and movie theaters can operate at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Gyms can also open at 10 percent capacity while stores and malls can increase their capacity to 50 percent. Indoor gatherings are discouraged but allowed, with a maximum of three households. Bars that do not serve food must remain closed.
In the orange and yellow tier, many of the aforementioned places can open indoors at higher capacity. Restaurants, for example, can operate at half capacity. In the orange tier, bars can reopen outdoors and smaller amusement parks can begin operations at 25 percent capacity. In the yellow tier, bars can start accommodating customers indoors at 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
The uptick in gasoline prices also came following California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement of a statewide reopening of the economy in June. On April 6, Newsom announced that he would lift all restrictions except for mask mandates starting June 15. He specified that the move pushing through would be contingent upon a few factors, including hospitalization rates remaining stable and low.
But even before the announcement, demand had already been increasing as more Californians started to travel, said John Faulstich, an oil analyst at Stillwater Associates in Irvine, California.
Factors driving up fuel prices
Restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic are some of the majors contributors to the sharp increases in pump prices. Oil cartels produced less oil last year to prop up oil prices as more people hunkered down at home due to pandemic restrictions. But these oil stewards had been slow to ramp up production as demand started to rebound in recent months.
“Crude, not demand, has been the main factor driving gas price increases this year,” AAA spokesperson Jeanette Casselano McGee said in February.
Bungled responses to the pandemic also knocked out refineries and cost thousands of Americans their jobs. By late last year, more than a dozen refineries had closed down, reducing America’s oil production by over a billion barrels a day.
“It’s possible some capacity could come back online in the 2022 to 2023 timeframe, but by and large, we think these closure announcements will mostly prove permanent,” Raymond James analyst Justin Jenkins wrote about the refinery shutdowns in a December report.
While fuel supplies remain stable, they have gotten a little tighter in California amid the increase in tourist activity. Data from the Energy Information Administration showed that gasoline inventory fell in the West Coast, as well as New England, last week. West Coast stockpiles, which are reflected mostly by California, dropped by 547,000 barrels to 30.9 million barrels. (Related: Hyperinflation begins: Supplies of everything are running short as prices soar.)
Learn more about how pandemic restrictions disrupted the economy and drove fuel prices up at Pandemic.news.
Big Pharma’s Five Major Minions that Everyone, Vaxxed or Unvaxxed, Must Oppose
This is not an “anti-vaxxer” article, per se. It’s a call for everyone to wake up to the nefarious motives behind vaccine mandates, booster shots, and condemnation of freedom.
The worst kept secret in world history SHOULD be that the unquenchable push for universal vaccinations against Covid-19 has little if anything to do with healthcare and everything to do with Big Pharma’s influence over the narrative. Unfortunately, that secret has stayed firmly hidden from the vast majority of people because of the five major minions working on behalf of Big Pharma.
What’s even worse is the fact that Big Pharma’s greed is merely a smokescreen to hide an even darker secret. We’ll tackle that later. First, let’s look at the public-facing ringleaders behind the vaccine push, namely Big Pharma. But before we get into their five major minions, it’s important to understand one thing. This is NOT just an article that speaks to the unvaccinated. Even those who believe in the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines must be made aware of agenda that’s at play.
Let’s start with some facts. The unvaccinated do NOT spread Covid-19 more rampantly than the vaccinated. Even Anthony Fauci acknowledged the viral load present in vaccinated people is just as high as in the unvaccinated. This fact alone should demolish the vaccine mandates as it demonstrates they have absolutely no effect on the spread of the disease. But wait! There’s definitely more.
This unhinged push to vaccinate everyone defies science. Those with natural immunity may actually have their stronger defenses against Covid-19 hampered by the introduction of the injections which fool the body into creating less-effective antibodies. Moreover, the push to vaccinate young people is completely bonkers. The recovery rate for those under the age of 20 is astronomical. Children neither contract, spread, nor succumb to Covid-19 in a statistically meaningful way. What they DO succumb to more often than Covid-19 are the adverse reactions to the vaccines, particularly boys.
All of this is known and accepted by the medical community, yet most Americans are still following the vaccinate-everybody script. It requires pure cognitive dissonance and an overabundant need for confirmation bias to make doctors and scientists willingly go along with the program. Yet, here we are and that should tell you something.
Before I get to the five major minions of of Big Pharma, I must make the plea for help. Between cancel culture, lockdowns, and diminishing ad revenue, we need financial assistance in order to continue to spread the truth. We ask all who have the means, please donate through our GivingFuel page or via PayPal. Your generosity is what keeps these sites running and allows us to expand our reach so the truth can get to the masses. We’ve had great success in growing but we know we can do more with your assistance.
Who does Big Pharma control? It starts with the obvious people, the ones who most Americans believe are actually behind this push. Our governments at all levels as well as governments around the world are not working with Big Pharma. They are working for Big Pharma. Some are proactive as direct recipients of cash. Others may oppose Big Pharma in spirit but would never speak out because they know anyone who does has no future in DC.
This may come as a shock to some, but it’s Big Pharma that drives the narrative and sets the agenda for the “experts” at the CDC, FDA, WHO, NIH, NIAID, and even non-medical government organizations.
Most believe it’s the other way around. They think that Big Pharma is beholden to the FDA for approval, but that’s not exactly the case. They need approval for a majority of their projects, but when it comes to the important ones such as the Covid injections, Big Pharma is calling the shots. They have the right people in the right places to push their machinations forward.
That’s not to say that everyone at the FDA is in on it. Big Pharma only needs a handful of friendlies planted in leadership in order to have their big wishes met. We have seen people quitting the FDA in recent weeks for this very reason. The same can be said about the other three- and five-letter agencies. Too many people in leadership have been bribed, bullied, or blackmailed into becoming occasional shills for the various Big Pharma corporations. Some have even been directly planted by Big Pharma. That’s the politics of healthcare and science that drives such things as Covid-19 “vaccines.”
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