Originally Posted by MRUSA14
How can that be legal? What about the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution? What's next? Will they tell you that you can't sell a tire or battery that was not made in California?
There is no prohibition on fuel distilled elsewhere. What there is is a rule that fuel must meet California's specific detailed regulations regarding ingredients, ostensibly to reduce pollution. As a result, when there is a shortage, fuel from outside the state cannot be imported because it doesn't meet the required recipe. And of course, there are often shortages - no new refineries in basically forever, and no chance that one would ever be approved. The number of cars in CA has increased by > 50% since the last refinery was built. Every time one comes down for maintenance, it is another excuse to jack prices up.