Re "Emissions rules get Big Oil's attention" (Dan Morain, Dec. 9): In response to talks in California about ways to reduce carbon emissions, the oil industry has released a threatening report: they "... might respond by ceasing production or exporting gasoline to other states ... that lack California's strict requirements."
It may be, like the author says, that it's another one of many cases where, when California passed nation-leading environmental standards, industry has done its Chicken Little dance, only to comply.
But I think there's a real opportunity here. If the oil companies shut down operations here, the state could buy them out and start our own gas production. Since several big oil companies in recent years have posted the highest profits in the history of the world, I think it would be safe to say we could produce fuel cleanly, make enough money to fix our budget, yet have the lowest fuel prices in the nation.
-- Jeff Gustafson, El Dorado Hills