California Sues Major Oil Companies; San Diego Gas Prices Keep Rising

The State of California has filed a lawsuit against the giants of the oil industry. That includes Exxon Mobil, Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips, and Chevron, as well as the domestic oil industry's biggest lobby, the American Petroleum Institute.

The lawsuit claims that the oil companies have misled the public for decades about climate change and the dangers of fossil fuels. The suit demands the companies help pay for recovery efforts related to California's extreme weather events, from rising sea levels to drought and wildfires, that have increased due to human-caused climate change.

"Oil and gas companies have privately known the truth for decades — that the burning of fossil fuels leads to climate change — but have fed us lies and mistruths to further their record-breaking profits at the expense of our environment. Enough is enough," Rob Bonta, California's attorney general, said Saturday in a news release..

San Diego Gas Prices Keep Rising

The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in San Diego County on Sunday recorded its largest daily increase since Sept. 29, rising 12.7 cents to $5.819, its highest amount since Oct. 21. The price has risen 51 of the past 55 days, increasing 87 cents, including 7.2 cents Saturday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price is 31.5 cents more than one week ago, 57.6 cents more than one month ago, and 43.3 cents more than one year ago. The all time record high price in San Diego County was $6.43 on Oct. 5 2022.

"Oil costs are putting upward pressure on pump prices, but the rise is tempered by much lower demand,'' Andrew Gross, an AAA national public relations manager, said last week. "The slide in people fueling up is typical, with schools back in session, the days getting shorter, and the weather less pleasant. But the usual decline in pump prices is being stymied for now by these high oil costs.''

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