Gov. Brown calls on winter-blend fuel sales early to calm gas prices

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Gov. Jerry Brown asked state regulators today to permit the early sale of winter-blend fuel in an effort to curb prices at the pump, the Sacramento Bee reports.

The decision follows gasoline price jumps that pushed record highs set back in July of 2008. In an update early Sunday, AAA announced that the statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline increased again this weekend, to $4.655.

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Winter-blend gas typically isn't sold until after October 31. Few refineries outside the state are currently making summer-blend gas, putting the pressure on already-taxed California manufacturers.

"In light of the tight gasoline supplies and resulting price spikes, we should not wait until the end of the month to start production of our winter-blend gasoline," Brown said in a letter to the California Air Resources Board, according to the Bee. "Allowing refiners to make an early transition to winter-blend gasoline could quickly increase fuel supply and provide a much needed safety valve with negligible air quality impacts."

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