Responding to California's recent gasoline shortages, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has temporarily waived California's Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) limit to 9 pounds per square inch (psi), up from 7 psi. CARB is permitting the importation, distribution, manufacture and sale of gasoline that meets an RVP limit of 9.0 psi until midnight, Oct. 31. The waiver applies to any retailers who sell, manufacture, supply or transport California gasoline. Although California typically has gasoline prices higher than the rest of the United States, prices have surged an additional 50 cents in recent days amid disruptions at several key California refineries and a pipeline shutdown. A recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal called California's gas crisis self-inflicted, however, because the state's fuel regulations are so stringent that the state is isolated from other energy markets.
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