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California’s Increasing Gas Prices

The New York Times
California’s gas prices seem to be continuously skyrocketing. Read more to find out why!

California gas prices have been surging upward over the past few weeks. In Yorba Linda, the cost of gas from Costco is $5.79 for a gallon of regular gas and $6.05 for a gallon of premium gas. Most of the other gas stations are charging nearly 30 cents more per gallon. As these prices continue to rise, many households will need help.

With the amount of people living in the state of California, the supply and demand chain for gasoline has always been high; the cost of gasoline in California is among the highest in the country. These increasing costs have been manageable in the past, but recently, four significant refineries were shut down, which has led to the influx in prices. This is directly caused by the high demand for gas and the decrease in supply. Another significant factor directly correlates to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has raised prices. With extreme taxes on everything from gasoline to clothing, California’s cost of living has been exponentially growing. The state of California imposes the highest taxes on gasoline compared to every other state in the country. These taxes include the sales tax and state excise tax, which are driving up the price of gasoline.

“Me and my minimum wage job cannot keep up with the rising prices.”

— Hayden Lee (12).

So, how has that been affecting the high school students of Yorba Linda High School? Many students find it even more difficult to get around daily because of the high prices. As most work minimum wage jobs or have no means of income, spending upwards of two hundred dollars a month on gasoline is not practical. “Me and my minimum wage job cannot keep up with the rising prices,” shares Hayden Lee (12).

While individuals dread getting gas and paying close to or more than ninety dollars for a full tank of gas, many are hoping that the price of gas has topped out and will slowly start to decline. For many Yorba Linda High School students, this decline cannot come soon enough. 

Many students cannot afford the extra twenty to thirty dollars per gas tank, which goes along with many families. While fixed income does not change with the economy, and inflation rises and fluctuates, many families cannot adjust to this drastic economic change. Until the economy finally evens itself out, consumers may be unable to purchase as many goods, forcing the rates to decrease. 

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As a senior in the class of 2024, this is Emma Safari’s third year in The Wrangler. In addition to being a writer, Emma also plays softball and swims. Emma enjoys going to the beach during her free time, having bonfires with her friends, late-night drives, and eating ice cream. In the future, Emma sees herself studying mechanical engineering in hopes of working on Formula 1 cars. Emma is excited to see what the upcoming school year has to offer!

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    Arya BanerjeeNov 30, 2023 at 7:42 AM

    Hi! This is a great article. It is very well-researched and I liked how you connected it to YLHS.

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    Cora DerbyOct 26, 2023 at 7:33 AM

    Gas prices have been very expensive lately! What many do not think about is how it is affecting students who are driving. Therefore, this article is very important in informing people about it.

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    NikoleOct 26, 2023 at 7:30 AM

    Emma, this story is so relatable. You did such a good job of explaining how impactful it is to Yorba Linda students and families. Hayden Lee’s quote definitely hit the nail on the head.

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    Milo MartinsonOct 26, 2023 at 7:29 AM

    Most of my paycheck goes towards my gas every week. I hope we all abandon cars and go back to walking and living in small towns and communities where everything is within walking distance and we all live in nature with the animals in harmony :3

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    FaithOct 26, 2023 at 7:23 AM

    Love this article! I totally agree with Hayden’s quote, it is hard to keep up with the ridiculous gas prices – its over $100 each time I fill up my tank 🙁 Hoping the prices decrease soon! Thank you for the awesome article Emma

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    Rishika PuriOct 26, 2023 at 7:22 AM

    Agreed, the gas prices are ridiculous. I like this article because it doesn’t just talk about gas prices alone, but also how it affects people especially high school students since they’re usually ignored or overlooked. This is a sign for everyone to switch to electric cars, lol.