California is now a red state, at least from the perspective of retail gasoline prices (heat map published by GasBuddy).
Why are prices here so much higher than elsewhere in the nation, including areas just over the border?
California has made itself a closed market for auto fuel by mandating expensive seasonal gasoline blends, purportedly to reduce air pollution--nobody ever compares the contribution made by special fuels to those from automotive clean air technology generally. Each seasonal changeover presents one more opportunity for a supply-disrupting refinery mishap and skyrocketing local prices, such as the current fiasco, which is sending local prices to $5 per gallon and climbing.
Of course, gasoline wholesalers in adjoining states would be more than happy to boost their profits by selling to California retailers, reducing our pain at the pump. However, doing so is illegal.
We certainly care, deeply, about the physical environment; I just wish our politicians occasionally gave a thought to the economic one.